Chelsea J. Chalk


Chelsea focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on government investigations and litigation primarily under the federal False Claims Act (FCA). She has experience defending clients in both federal and state FCA litigation, government investigations, as well as conducting internal investigations on behalf of defense contractors and corporations.

She has represented clients in all phases of action under the FCA, from responding to civil investigative demands and administrative subpoenas to representing clients in qui tam lawsuits and direct actions. Chelsea has also helped her clients navigate large-scale civil and criminal investigations from multiple agencies, including the Department of Justice, NASA Office of the Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Security and Exchange Commission, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Outside of the office, Chelsea is committed to volunteering and giving back to her community. She is an executive board member of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section (YLS). She also volunteers on a monthly basis as part of the Adopt-A-Class program at a local elementary school and serves a mentor to local law students through the Federal Bar Association.

Prior to joining the firm, she was an assistant professor of Communication, teaching for several years at a private Indiana junior college.


  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law  (J.D., magna cum laude, 2018)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Indiana Law Journal, online editor
    • Dean’s Writing Fellow
  • Purdue University  (M.A., 2010)
    • Organizational Communication
  • Saint Mary's College  (B.A., summa cum laude, 2007)
    • Communication studies

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio


  • Cincinnati Bar Association
    • Young Lawyer Section, Chair - Elect
    • Board of Trustees
  • Adopt-A-Class, Team Lead
  • Federal Bar Association