Susan K. Chelsea


Susan K. Chelsea is a Shareholder with Klinedinst, and has over two decades of business litigation, employment law, construction law, and transactional experience. She is Co-Chair of the firm’s Employment and Labor Department, and maintains a complex general business practice.

Ms. Chelsea’s practice includes general business litigation, business and corporate transactions, general contract disputes, employment and labor law including counseling and litigation, construction contract disputes, government contract claims, including bid protests and requests for equitable adjustments, bond and surety claims and litigation, employment litigation and counsel, real estate law and litigation including residential and commercial transactions, title insurance coverage and claims and loan work-outs and modifications, insurance coverage, and advising clients regarding participation in government set-aside programs including Small Business Administration small business set-asides, WOSB, WBE, 8(a), veteran and SDV, MBE, and HUBzone. Ms. Chelsea has extensive experience with cases involving the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”) and the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”), as well as transportation disputes involving the UCC, CISG, and Carmack Amendment.

Ms. Chelsea has successfully tried and arbitrated cases involving real estate issues, business disputes, employment claims, construction disputes, wrongful termination claims, securities transactions, and products liability. She has also handled bid protests before the Government Accounting Office (GAO), claims with various federal agencies, and Business Administration Size and Status Protests. Ms. Chelsea also conducts employment investigations.

Ms. Chelsea is admitted to practice in California and in the U.S. District Courts, Southern and Central Districts of California. She was a faculty member of the University of San Diego Lawyer’s Assistant Program for nine years. She also served as Co-Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association Construction Law Section (2004-2006), and a barrister with the Inns of Court, Wallace Inn (2004-2006). She is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the California State Bar Real Property Law Section. Prior to her appointment to the Executive Committee, she was the Co-Chair of the Litigation Subsection of the State Bar Real Property Law Section.



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Susan K. Chelsea, Esq.