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About Chelsea

Chelsea O’Donnell concentrates her practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. She represents clients in connection with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance, securities fraud and public corruption. Chelsea assists corporate clients with internal investigations of potential misconduct, often in response to allegations of fraud or insider trading. She also represents clients who face civil suits and regulatory actions in connection with criminal matters, including Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigations and enforcement actions.

In addition, Chelsea has experience in assisting clients with cybersecurity matters. She has counseled clients victimized through cyber intrusions and communicated with regulators investigating the attacks. Chelsea has also helped clients prepare for cyber threats and comply with information security obligations by drafting information security policies and incident response plans.

Chelsea’s pro bono work has included representations in immigration-related matters, such as representing trafficking victims seeking visas and employment authorization in the United States. While in law school, Chelsea was a member of the Duke International Human Rights Clinic. She presented the clinic’s draft of the Basic Principles on the Right to an Effective Remedy for Victims of Trafficking in Persons to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially in Women and Children.


Publications and Speeches

"Government Reach Does Not Extend to Information Stored Overseas," Corporate Compliance Insights, August 8, 2016.



Duke University School of Law,
University of Miami,
with departmental honors

Bar Admissions

New York



DOJ Releases New Guidance on Compliance Programs

March 9, 2017
Corporate Compliance Insights


February 1, 2017
Corporate Compliance Insights

New York DFS Announces New Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations

September 30, 2016
Corporate Compliance Insights



Duke University School of Law
Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law
Managing Editor
Duke University School of Law
Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum
Articles Editor
National Football League
Law Clerk