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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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|American Jurisprudence Award for Torts Theory||N/A||N/A|
|Finalist Torts Moot Court Competition||USD School of Law||N/A|
|Senior Counsel||Klinedinst PC||2012 - Present|
|Associate||Klinedinst PC||2010 - 2012|
|Associate||McCullogh & Associates||2001 - 2010|
|Associate||The Corona Firm||1997 - 2001|
|Instructor||University of San Diego||1994 - 2001|
|Partner||Gottlieb & Chelsea||1993 - 1997|
|Associate||Gottieb & Jansen||1991 - 1993|
|Associate||Greco & Traficante||1989 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section||Co-Chair Litigation Subsection||2011 - Present|
|San Diego Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|State Bar of California||N/A||N/A|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of California||N/A||N/A|
|U.S. Court of Federal Claims||N/A||N/A|
|United States District Court for the Central District of California||N/A||N/A|
|San Diego County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|American Inns of Court, Wallace Inn||Member||2004 - 2006|
|San Diego County Bar Association||Co-Chair Construction Section||2004 - 2006|
|Paradise Valley Hospital Foundation||Board of Directors||2004 - 2006|
|USLAW Magazine||An Employer's Guide to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act||2013|
|Real Property Law Section E-Bulletin||Case 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 Notices||2012|
|Real Property Law Section E-Bulletin||California Mechanic's Lien Law Commandments||2012|
|University of San Diego||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of California||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1985|
|HR Group||Hot Topics for Non-Profits||2013|
|EduNet Webinar||Preparing to Implement Obamacare||2013|
|CBIZ Symposium||2013 Annual HR Legislative Update||2013|
|California State Bar Real Property Section||The New Mechanic's Lien Laws and Best Practices to Ensure Payment||2012|
|California State Bar Real Estate Property Retreat 2012||Getting Paid on Private and Public Construction Projects||2012|