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Kerrisa Joy Chelkowski

Kerrisa Joy Chelkowski

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Federal Crime, Violent Crime, Appeals, White Collar Crime

About Me

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

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. Violent Crime: 20%
  2. Federal Crime: 20%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Marc Andrew Lahood

    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

  • Albert Arellano Flores

    I endorse this lawyer. She is a recognized member of our legal community for her insightful work on criminal cases and appeals.


    Albert Flores Federal Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski

1017 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX, 78210



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200208/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Lead Counsel Rated AttorneyLawInfo.com2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Best Lawyers in San Antonio - Rising StarScene in SA Magazine2007
Best Lawyer in San Antonio - AppellateScene in SA Magazine2007

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
District Court Magistrate - Part timeBexar County2008 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski2004 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyBexar County District Attorney's Office2002 - 2004


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Heritage FoundationPresident's Club2009 - Present
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2007 - Present
United States Supreme Court Historical AssociationMember2006 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Texas Criminal Trial CollegeMember2005 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
San Antonio Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Bexar County Women's Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Hidalgo County Bar AssociationFaculty MemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Valdez v. United States of AmericaReversed
Jackson v. The County of BexarN/A

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Publication NameTitleDate
San Antonio Business JournalThe $25,000 Martini2007
The Defender San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer Association MagazineCooperating with the Cooperator -How to guide your client in cooperating with the federal government2007
Nside MagazineIt Pays To Fight2007
Nside MagazineMarriage, A Limited Liability Partnership2007


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Tech UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)law2001
University of Texas, AustinN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1998