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Chelsea J. Leyden joined Jorgensen, Brownell, & Pepin in 2021 as an Associate Attorney. Chelsea focuses her practice in Elder Law, Probate, and Estate Planning.
Chelsea began her legal career in Tampa, Florida as an Assistant State Attorney, advocating for victims and representing the State of Florida. As such, she spent several years engaging in complex criminal litigation, prosecuting countless cases for law violations ranging from Misdemeanors to First Degree Punishable by Life Felonies. During her tenure as an Assistant State Attorney, she gained extensive trial experience, argued countless substantive motions, and defended depositions. Chelsea also represented the State of Florida in Hillsborough County’s Problem Solving Courts including: Veterans Treatment Court, Juvenile and Adult Mental Health Court, Civil Involuntary Mental Health Commitments, Drug Court, and the Violation of Probation Division.
During law school, Chelsea received the Victor O. Wehle Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy and the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award. She participated in a Homeless Advocacy Internship and an internship with the 13th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office’s Forensic Behavioral Health Intervention Unit. She also participated in intermural trial competition, and served as the Vice President of Stetson’s Innocence Initiative.
Chelsea earned her Juris Doctor with a Concentration in Social Justice Advocacy from Stetson University- College of Law in Gulfport, Florida in 2017 and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland- College Park, Honors Program in 2010.
Before law school, Chelsea was a case manager for Mental Health and Addiction Services in New Jersey, providing services to those diagnosed with severe and persistent mental health issues, addiction issues, and/or developmental disabilities.
In her free time, Chelsea enjoys exploring her new home state of Colorado, and spending time with her family.