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Chelsea Mikula Tomko

Counsel
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.2476 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Chelsea Mikula Tomko represents businesses in complex litigation across the United States.

She enjoys truly getting to know clients, allowing her to better understand their businesses and help them solve problems quickly and efficiently. Chelsea has represented clients in complicated breach of contract actions, trade secret and covenant not-to-compete cases, real estate litigation, construction litigation, and other business-related torts. Chelsea currently serves on a Tucker Ellis team that serves as national counsel for two Fortune 500 companies, defending their motor vehicle and premises liability cases. Also experienced with consumer product safety issues, Chelsea advises clients on compliance, reporting obligations, and recall effectiveness.

As a general commercial litigator, Chelsea has taken several cases to verdict at trial and in arbitration as co-counsel. She is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including conducting and defending depositions, drafting dispositive and evidentiary motions, and negotiating favorable settlements.

Ranked in the "Up and Coming" category in Chambers USA 2017, Chelsea is "praised for the breadth of her skills" and is noted for providing "extreme attention to detail, effectively navigating a very complex matter from beginning to trial."

A native Clevelander, Chelsea enjoys being active in the Northeast Ohio community, whether she is participating in a run, eating at a new restaurant, or attending a local sporting event.

education & admissions

education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2010); National Moot Court Quarter Semi-Finalist
  • Denison University (B.A., 2007); Student Body President

state admissions

  • Ohio, 2010
  • California, 2013

federal admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
experience

Representative Matters

  • Served as first chair trial counsel in a bench trial in Baltimore City, Maryland and obtained a verdict substantially less than the settlement demand
  • Served as first chair trial counsel in a breach of contract jury trial in Columbiana County, Ohio
  • Served as second chair trial counsel in a breach of contract jury trial in federal court in San Francisco, California
  • Represented a manufacturer in a product liability case in AAA arbitration and obtained a favorable verdict
  • Obtained a positive resolution in representing a local cooperative in a large commercial litigation
  • Represented several contractors in construction disputes and obtained favorable results
  • Represented product manufacturers in regulatory matters before the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Advised several clients on recall strategy and effectiveness
  • Acts as national counsel for several large companies to pursue past due debts
  • Represented an insurance company in a coverage matter and prevailed on summary judgment
  • Represents a bonding company in commercial disputes throughout Ohio
  • Represented small and large commercial clients in breach of contract and product liability actions in state and federal courts and obtained favorable results
  • Represents commercial clients in complicated eviction matters
  • Represented several local companies in non-compete and trade secret violation cases
  • Defended general contractors in payment and performance bond claims
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Corporate Compliance in View of Recent Trends in the DOJ, FTC, and CPSC Enforcement Authority," 2016 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2016)
  • "Mastering the Art and Science of Making It Rain," Leadership in Law: It’s Never Too Early to Lead, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (January 2016)
  • "Social Postings: Juror Ethical Issues," Ohio Professional Conduct Seminar, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2014)
  • "Consumer Product Safety Regulations Around the World," Eaton Corporation, Beachwood, Ohio (November 2014)
  • "International Compliance and Regulations: Insights Into Varying Requirements Among U.S. Trading Partners," 2013 Advanced Product Safety Management Course, John Cook School of Business, Center for Supply Chain Management, Saint Louis University (September 2013)
  • "Yoga and the First Amendment: Does Yoga Promote Religion?", Moderator, Case Western Reserve University School of Law (April 2013)
  • "Reporting Best Practices Along the Supply Chain and Around the World," ICPHSO (February 2013)
  • "What You Should Know to Navigate through the New Worldwide Web of Consumer Product Safety" (November 2011)
  • "The Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (February 2011)

Publications

honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Chambers USA
    • "Up and Coming" in Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio) (2017)
    • "Associates to Watch" in Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio) (2016)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (2016-2018)

affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • 3Rs Program
    • Young Lawyers' Executive Council
  • International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO)
  • John Hay Mock Trial Program
  • Notre Dame Cathedral Latin Alumni Association
  • The Littlest Heroes, Board of Directors, Chair