Chelsea M. Smialek focuses her practice on a broad range of labor and employment matters. Her employment litigation experience includes defending clients against claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination and retaliation, and misappropriation of trade secrets. 

Prior to joining Littler, Chelsea worked at a national law firm where she practiced complex commercial and appellate litigation and advised clients, such as education institutions, in matters involving compliance with state and federal laws. Chelsea also clerked at the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, giving her unique insight to use when advising clients in litigation and risk avoidance.

During law school, Chelsea was executive director of the Moot Court Board of Advocates and title editor for the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Junior League of Washington


Phi Alpha Delta


Named, Ones to Watch

The Best Lawyers in America©


Order of the Barrister

Frank Murphy Honor Society

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Recipient, Dean’s One Hundred Percent Scholarship

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Alpha Signma Nu

University of Detroit Mercy

Recipient, Jesuit Founders Four Year Full Tuition Scholarship

University of Detroit Mercy

News, Analysis & Press

Accommodating a New Time

Michigan Bar Journal

October 18, 2019

Take a Walk Through the Cities’ Gardens: Looking at Detroit’s New Urban Agriculture Zoning Ordinance and Comparing it to Others of its Kind

91 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 345

Fall 2014


  • J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 2015summa cum laude
  • B.A., University of Detroit Mercy, 2012summa cum laude

Bar Admission

District of Columbia


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan