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Chelsea Smith

Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.5756 | F 216.592.5009

Chelsea Smith concentrates on the national defense of product manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors.

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 is responsible for developing defense strategies, preparing responsive pleadings, taking and defending expert depositions, drafting dispositive and evidentiary motions, and trial preparation.

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 has defended class actions in a variety of areas, including consumer claims and warranty and product liability litigation. She also has experience 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


  • 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


  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended appliance manufacturer against claims of product defect
  • Defended various manufacturers against product defect, negligence, failure to warn, and breach of warranty claims
  • Defended broker-dealer firm against claims of unsuitability and fraud in a FINRA arbitration
  • Successfully represented a broker-dealer against federal, state, and common law claims of fraud, unsuitability, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, and conversion
  • Represented contractor in the presentation and defense of construction delay and interference claims involving the construction of a retirement home
  • Successfully defended contractor from allegations of improper installation of cladding materials
  • Represented homeowner in the presentation and defense of breach of contract and construction defect claims, resulting in settlement of all claims
  • Defended general contractors in payment and performance bond claims
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)



Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (2018, 2019)
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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