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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. She has a particular interest in critical motions briefing and appeals. She has briefed motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment in numerous trial-level courts, and she has written appellate briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits.

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.

Outside of work, Chelsea serves her community as a member of her city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.


Representative Matters

  • HTC v. Ericsson. Represented Ericsson involving a dispute over fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms for a license relating to standard essential cellular technologies.  After a one-week trial, the jury found that Ericsson had made a FRAND offer to HTC for a license to cellular technologies.
  • Archer Dental v. Schein, et. al. Representing a small, family-owned dental supply distributor claiming antitrust violations caused by illegal group boycott and conspiracy in the dental supply industry.
  • Collateral Analytics v. Nationstar, et al. Representing Nationstar and affiliates as defendants and counterclaim plaintiffs in a trade secret misappropriation suit relating to real estate valuation and Automated Valuation Models (“AVMs”).
  • Legacy Separators LLC v.  Halliburton Energy Services Inc. Representing Halliburton as a defendant in a patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation suit relating to centrifugal gas separators for use with electric submersible pump systems.

Prior to Joining the Firm

  • Successfully briefed and argued an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit raising evidence exclusion, jury instruction, and sentencing issues.

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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, Fifth, D.C. and Federal Circuits
  • State of Texas
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
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