CHELSEA PRIEST focuses her practice on commercial litigation and disputes, and has experience with intellectual property. Chelsea has a particular interest in critical motions briefing and appeals. She has briefed and argued motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment in numerous trial-level courts. Additionally, Chelsea has written appellate briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 5th, 9th, and D.C. Circuits, and presented oral argument in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. She was recognized by Best Lawyers as “One to Watch” for both 2022 and 2023.
Prior to joining Sidley, Chelsea was a Bristow Fellow at the Office of the Solicitor General, where she worked on Supreme Court litigation on behalf of the federal government. Chelsea was also a law clerk for Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a law clerk for Chief Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn, an extern for Judge Michelle T. Friedland in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and a page for the U.S. House of Representatives.
While attending Stanford Law School, Chelsea was a semifinalist in the Kirkwood Moot Court Competition, where she was awarded “Best Petitioner’s Brief.” Chelsea served as managing editor of the Stanford Law Review and graduated with pro bono distinction, given her roles as co-coordinator of the Tax Pro Bono Project and a volunteer for the Lifer Parole Pro Bono Project. She was also a pupil in The Honorable William A. Ingram American Inns of Court. Chelsea gained additional experience as a research and teaching assistant for multiple professors and was honored with “Gerald Gunther Prizes for Outstanding Performance” in many areas.