Chelsea Dearden joined Walsh Pancio in August of 2018 and focuses her practice on civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Chelsea gained valuable experience and training as an attorney and law clerk at two prominent firms in Philadelphia.
Chelsea received her Juris Doctorate in 2017 from Widener University Delaware Law School and was admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in October of 2017. During law school, Chelsea was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, the Moe Levine Trial Team, Phi Alpha Delta, and the Women’s Law Caucus. As a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, Chelsea competed in numerous competitions, winning first place and best oral advocate in the 2017 Annual Distinguished Jurist Moot Court Competition. As a member of the Moe Levine Trial Team, Chelsea competed in the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition with law students from all over the country. She also competed in Widener University Delaware Law School’s annual American Association for Justice Mock Trial Competition and annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Negotiation Competition.
While in law school, Chelsea was awarded the James J. Manderino Award for Trial Advocacy by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association as well as Widener University Delaware Law School’s Trial Advocacy Certificate and Criminal Law Certificate, both with honors. Upon graduation, she earned Widener University Delaware Law School’s Public Interest Pro Bono Distinction for her work at the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, United States District Court, District of Delaware office. Chelsea also gained valuable experience in law school while interning for the Honorable Mark I. Bernstein formerly of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and the Honorable William R. Carpenter of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
Chelsea graduated cum laude from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she received her degree in Psychology. Prior to attending law school, Chelsea was employed as a behavioral therapist, working with children on the autism spectrum. She enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling and is a proud volunteer with the New Americans Campaign.