Kerrisa Chelkowski's law office is located in San Antonio, Texas. She is a former Bexar County Assistance District Attorney. At the Bexar County DA's office Kerrisa was assigned to the appellate and trial divisions of the office. During her time in the appellate division she handled over 30 cases including death penalty appeals. Within her first year at the office she handled Stewart v. State, a significant DWI case which found itself to the Court of Criminal Appeals. Kerrisa argued that case to the Court of Criminal Appeals in front of a packed house of more than 400 spectators with successful results. Kerrisa also argued numerous times in front of the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio, Texas.
During her time in the trial division Kerrisa tried many cases to juries and to judges of various courts. Kerrisa left the office in 2004 and started her own practice. She concentrates on criminal defense handling both state and federal cases. She continues to try numerous cases to juries every year with (so far) a winning record. Further, she has represented many people in the federal courts across Texas including defendants in the Southwest Airline case where the court dismissed the indictment against her client after filing motions and presenting arguments to the court. Kerrisa is also a Special Prosecutor for the Medina County District Attorney's Office.
Last year Kerrisa presented oral arguments to the United States Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. The appellant's sentence was reversed and remanded for a new sentence. Kerrisa has also represented clients on writs of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. Including both state and federal appeals Kerrisa's name is on over 35 published opinions.
In January and February of 2007, she was featured in NSIDE, a San Antonio business journal, along with other successful business people from generation X. Further, she is a contributing writer for the journal. Her latest article The $25,000 Martini, discusses the financial impact a DWI can have on a professional's life and career. A 1998 University of Texas at Austin alum and 2001 Texas Tech Law School graduate, Kerrisa has built a solid reputation defending high profile cases throughout Texas with successful results.
Languages Spoken: Spanish, English
Licensed since 2002
Free Consultation (30 minutes)
I've had the pleasure of working for Kerrisa on many criminal cases. With each case I work with her, I learn better ways to more effectively defend my clients. She tirelessly studies the law to always master any changes that happen in the law. When you see her work the case in the courtroom, you have no doubt she knows the law better than anyone else in that room. If you have the opportunity to retain Ms. Chelkowski you'd be remiss to look elsewhere.
Marc Lahood Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2002||08/25/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Lead Counsel Rated Attorney||LawInfo.com||2011|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Best Lawyers in San Antonio - Rising Star||Scene in SA Magazine||2007|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio - Appellate||Scene in SA Magazine||2007|
|District Court Magistrate - Part time||Bexar County||2008 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski||2004 - Present|
|Assistant District Attorney||Bexar County District Attorney's Office||2002 - 2004|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Heritage Foundation||President's Club||2009 - Present|
|San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||2007 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Historical Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|College of the State Bar of Texas||Member||2005 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2005 - Present|
|Texas Criminal Trial College||Member||2005 - Present|
|Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|San Antonio Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Bexar County Women's Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Hidalgo County Bar Association||Faculty Member||N/A|
|San Antonio Business Journal||The $25,000 Martini||2007|
|The Defender San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer Association Magazine||Cooperating with the Cooperator -How to guide your client in cooperating with the federal government||2007|
|Nside Magazine||It Pays To Fight||2007|
|Nside Magazine||Marriage, A Limited Liability Partnership||2007|
|Texas Tech University||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||law||2001|
|University of Texas, Austin||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1998|