Overview

Chelsea M. Smialek has an employment law practice that includes litigation, counseling, and compliance. She has experience in a broad range of labor and employment matters, including advising on and defending against wage and hour matters, as well as claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, and retaliation.

Prior to joining Littler, Chelsea served as in-house employment counsel for the world’s largest credit union and has a deep understanding of the employment law issues financial institutions face. Chelsea also 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. Additionally, she  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

Member

State Bar of Michigan

Member

District of Columbia Bar Association

Recognition

Named, Ones to Watch

The Best Lawyers in America©

2022

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

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

Education

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

Bar Admission

Michigan
District of Columbia

Courts

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