Chelsea Crawford joined Brown, Goldstein & Levy in September 2015. She represents clients in a wide array of criminal and civil matters. She has experience defending clients charged with crimes in federal and state court, ranging from online pornography, terrorism, and weapons and drug possession. She has also represented clients, including corporations and public officials, in federal grand jury investigations.
Chelsea’s civil practice is equally diverse. Her practice includes cases involving disability rights, civil rights, housing discrimination, and employment law.
Chelsea was chosen for inclusion on the 2020 Super Lawyers’ Maryland Rising Stars list for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice and are either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less. Only 2.5 percent of the attorneys in Maryland are named to the Rising Stars list each year.
Prior to joining Brown, Goldstein, & Levy, Chelsea clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for the Honorable Stephanie A. Gallagher on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
During law school, Chelsea served as a Student Attorney for the Reentry Clinic at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she counseled individuals in the expungement of their records in Baltimore City courts and conducted bi-weekly expungement workshops at a one-stop reentry center in Baltimore City. Chelsea also served as the Executive Articles Editor of the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, and as a member of the law school’s National Moot Court Team.
Chelsea received the 2013 Elizabeth Maxwell Carroll Chesnut Prize, known as the “Dean’s Award,” for her scholarship, personal drive, and excellence in writing. She was also awarded The Order of the Barristers, which honors ten students who excel in trial and appellate advocacy.
Prior to entering law school, Chelsea was an assistant editor at National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and worked in local television news in Philadelphia.
Chelsea is a former board member of Advocates for Goucher Prison Education Partnership (AGPEP), a program that offers Goucher College courses to men and women incarcerated in Maryland, and she is active in several bar associations, including the Maryland State Bar Association, Monumental City Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s Young Lawyers’ Division.
- University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013
- University of Maryland, B.A., Journalism, 2007
- District of Columbia
- Part of a team that obtained a court order holding the District of Columbia responsible for providing services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to eligible DC residents who are incarcerated in federal facilities.
- Part of a team that obtained $9 million settlement for a man wrongfully convicted of murder who served 21 years in prison.
- Won a substantial verdict and settlement on behalf of a man who was wrongfully arrested and assaulted in response to asking a Baltimore police officer for his badge number.
- 2018-2020 Maryland Rising Stars
- Bar Association of Baltimore City, Elected Member (2016-2017)
- Bar Association of Baltimore City/Young Lawyer’s Division, Liaison to the Monumental City Bar Association (2016-2017)
- Maryland State Bar Association/Young Lawyer’s Division, Co-Chair of the Publications Committee (2017-2019)
- Monumental City Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Technology Committee (2017-2019); Treasurer (2019-2020)