Chelsea Pieroni is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. She was raised in Italy and received her higher education in North Carolina at both Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Law.
While earning her undergraduate degree, cum laude, in Philosophy and Information Sciences at Duke University, Chelsea was a photographer for the student newspaper, The Chronicle, and studied classical piano. During her pursuit of a J.D. degree at the University of North Carolina School of Law, she served as Managing Editor of the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology and a was member of the Holderness Moot Court Arbitration Team.
Chelsea has a propensity for identifying and distinguishing subtle differences in qualitative information, which led her to pursue an education in philosophy. She is also able to differentiate environmental and cultural nuances and determined a career in law was a good match for her natural inclinations. This was a wise choice, as Chelsea is flourishing in her legal practice.
Before joining Ellis & Winters, Chelsea clerked at the North Carolina Court of Appeals for the Honorable John S. Arrowood and the Honorable Tobias S. Hampson. She also served as a legal extern at the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation.
When Chelsea isn’t busy practicing law, she can often be found gardening at the Briggs Avenue Community Garden as part of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension or at her home garden filled with both flowers and vegetables. During the pandemic, Chelsea began birding, and has learned to recognize many bird calls while identifying and observing birds in their natural habitat. Chelsea is also an urban biker, and is active with Bike Durham, an organization advocating for safe, affordable, and sustainable transportation.
Besides English, Chelsea is fluent in Italian and is proficient in French.
- J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2020
- B.A., Duke University, 2014
- Honors: Cum Laude
- North Carolina
- New York
- Eastern District of North Carolina
- Middle District of North Carolina
- Western District of North Carolina
- Eastern District of Tennessee
- Judicial Law Clerk, North Carolina Court of Appeals, 2021-2022
- Law Clerk, KMA Zuckert LLC, 2020-2021
- Legal Extern, North Carolina Bureau of Investigation
- Co-author, The Eleventh Circuit Speaks Firmly on Calculating Attorneys’ Fees: Look to the Local Community and Mind Your Multipliers, Best in Class Blog
- Co-author, That Don’t Impress Me Much! Recent Eleventh Circuit Decision Weighs in on Whether Paying Off a Class Can Moot a Class Action, with Fourth Circuit Law Remaining Inconclusive, Best in Class Blog
- Participated as a judge in the 2023 Appellate Court Intern Moot Court Competition at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, July 2023
- Co-author, More Money, More Problems: Ninth Circuit Rejects $1.7 Million Attorneys’ Fees Calculation for $52,000 Class Action Settlement, With A Glance At Fourth Circuit Lodestar Analysis, Best in Class Blog
- La Crypto Nostra: How Organized Crime Thrives in the Era of Cryptocurrency, North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology, Vol. 20, December 2018
Best in Class Posts
- The Eleventh Circuit Speaks Firmly on Calculating Attorneys’ Fees: Look to the Local Community and Mind Your Multipliers
- That Don’t Impress Me Much! Recent Eleventh Circuit Decision Weighs in on Whether Paying Off a Class Can Moot a Class Action, with Fourth Circuit Law Remaining Inconclusive.
- MORE MONEY, MORE PROBLEMS: NINTH CIRCUIT REJECTS $1.7 MILLION ATTORNEYS’ FEES CALCULATION FOR $52,000 CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT, WITH A GLANCE AT FOURTH CIRCUIT LODESTAR ANALYSIS