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Susan K. Chelsea is a shareholder with Klinedinst PC, and has over over 27 years of employment litigation and counseling, business litigation, construction law, and transactional experience.

Ms. Chelsea practices in the area of employment law litigation and counseling, including litigating class and PAGA claims related to wage and hour and classification issues.  Ms. Chelsea also handles general business litigation, business and corporate transactions, general contract disputes, construction contract disputes, government contract claims, including bid protests and requests for equitable adjustments, bond and surety claims and litigation, 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's clients are large, medium and small businesses, including healthcare, staffing, transportation, hospitality, and construction companies. 

Ms. Chelsea has successfully tried and arbitrated cases involving employment claims, real estate issues, business disputes, construction disputes, securities transactions, and products liability. She has also handled bid protests before the Government Accounting Office (GAO), claims with various federal agencies, and determination challenges by the Small Business Administration.

Ms. Chelsea is admitted to practice in California and in the U.S. District Courts, Southern, Central, and Northern Districts of California. She was a faculty member of the University of San Diego Lawyer's Assistant Program for nine years. She also served on the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Real Property Law Section ("RPLS") from September 2012 to September 2015, Chair of the RPLS Journal Committee from September 2014 to September 2015, as Co-Chair of the RPLS Litigation Subsection from 2011 to 2012, 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).  Ms. Chelsea currently serves as an Advisor to the RPLS Executive Committee.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
  2. Construction: 20%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Real Estate: 5%
  5. Corporate: 5%


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Klinedinst PC

501 W Broadway
Suite 600
San Diego, CA, 92101-3584


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
American Jurisprudence Award for Torts TheoryN/AN/A
Finalist Torts Moot Court CompetitionUSD School of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior CounselKlinedinst PC2012 - Present
AssociateKlinedinst PC2010 - 2012
AssociateMcCullogh & Associates2001 - 2010
AssociateThe Corona Firm1997 - 2001
InstructorUniversity of San Diego1994 - 2001
PartnerGottlieb & Chelsea1993 - 1997
AssociateGottieb & Jansen1991 - 1993
AssociateGreco & Traficante1989 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Real Property Law SectionCo-Chair Litigation Subsection2011 - Present
San Diego Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaN/AN/A
U.S. Court of Federal ClaimsN/AN/A
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaN/AN/A
San Diego County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Inns of Court, Wallace InnMember2004 - 2006
San Diego County Bar AssociationCo-Chair Construction Section2004 - 2006
Paradise Valley Hospital FoundationBoard of Directors2004 - 2006
Publication nameTitleDate
USLAW MagazineAn Employer's Guide to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act2013
Real Property Law Section E-BulletinCase Alert: In Cal Sierra Construction, Inc. v. Comerica Bank, Court Finds that Lenders Do Not Have Standing to File a Lambert Motion to Release Mechanic's Liens and Stop Notices2012
Real Property Law Section E-BulletinCalifornia Mechanic's Lien Law Commandments2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of California - San DiegoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
HR GroupHot Topics for Non-Profits2013
EduNet WebinarPreparing to Implement Obamacare2013
CBIZ Symposium2013 Annual HR Legislative Update2013
California State Bar Real Property SectionThe New Mechanic's Lien Laws and Best Practices to Ensure Payment2012
California State Bar Real Estate Property Retreat 2012Getting Paid on Private and Public Construction Projects2012