Attorney Chelsea Thomas
Chelsea is a firm believer that the law is not one-size-fits-all and every criminal defendant deserves individualized representation that takes into account who he or she is as a person, not just what he or she is accused of doing.
Chelsea began her career at a small criminal defense firm where she worked until she joined Pate, Johnson & Church. There, she represented clients accused of criminal wrongdoing at both the state and federal level. She has won every case brought to trial, including a jury trial where the jury returned a “not guilty” verdict in less than 45 minutes after a week-long trial. In federal court, Chelsea’s sentencing memos written on behalf of her clients have received high praises from judges and successfully convinced the judge in several cases to depart significantly from the suggested guideline range. Her hard work has been recognized and she was named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers in the area of criminal defense by the National Trial Lawyers in 2020.
From a young age, Chelsea has always been fascinated by crime shows. She is also a fierce advocate for mental health awareness. After graduating magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a degree in psychology, she attended Emory University School of Law to pursue a career where she could put both her passion for criminal law and mental health to use. Chelsea received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for earning the highest grade in her civil procedure class, but she quickly found her passion was criminal defense.