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Chelsea Priest is an associate in McKool Smith's Dallas office. She focuses her practice on intellectual property and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, 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. She was also a law clerk for Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, an extern for Judge Michelle T. Friedland in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth 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. She 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 Project. Chelsea was also a pupil in the Honorable William A. Ingram American Inn of Court. She 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.

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J.D., Stanford Law School, 2015

B.A., summa cum laude, Sociology, Princeton University, 2012

Court Admissions

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits
  • State of Texas
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
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