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Chelsea Smith

Counsel
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.5756 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Chelsea Smith defends product manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors in product liability litigation across the United States.

Chelsea is part of the Tucker Ellis team that serves as national counsel for a large consumer appliance manufacturer in its dryer fire litigation. In this role, she manages product liability cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. Chelsea develops defense strategies, prepares responsive pleadings, coordinates discovery, takes and defends expert depositions, drafts dispositive and evidentiary motions, and supports the trial team with preparation and strategy for hearings and trial.

An accredited Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) certified by the National Association of Fire Investigators, Chelsea plays an active role in each phase of a fire-related claim, including attending scene inspections and laboratory examinations. She works closely with origin and cause experts to determine defense strategies that best suit clients’ interests.

As part of the Tucker Ellis Class Action Team, Chelsea defends class actions in a variety of areas, including consumer claims and warranty and product liability litigation. She is experienced with the administration of class action settlements.

A Cleveland native, Chelsea enjoys cooking, running, and exploring all that the city has to offer.

education & admissions

education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2013); Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Editor; CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Employment Discrimination
  • The College of William & Mary (B.A., magna cum laude, 2010)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 2013

federal admissions

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

certifications

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
experience

Representative Matters

  • Represents a leading manufacturer of flushable wipes in class actions alleging violations of various consumer statutes and breach of warranty and seeking national injunctive relief
  • Secures pre-suit dismissals after successfully defending liability of consumer products at fire scene inspections and laboratory examinations
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an appliance manufacturer on failure to warn claims
  • Obtained dismissal of design defect claims for a product manufacturer on the basis of personal jurisdiction
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Take a Chance on Me: Bringing the Next Generation Into Your Practice," Women in Product Liability Regional CLE Program, Washington, D.C. (October 2018)
  • "Ethical Considerations in Researching Jurors – An Update," Tucker Ellis Ohio Professional Conduct Program, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2015)

Publications

honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (2018, 2019)
affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Court Rules Committee
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
    • Mock Trial Competition Coach, John Hay High School
  • Friends of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland Committee
  • College Now
    • Emerging Leaders Program
    • Mentor
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