Chelsie Spencer


cspencer@ritterspencer.com | (214) 295-5074

Chelsie Spencer’s practice focuses on transactional and litigation work in intellectual property and complex commercial. Chelsie has secured registration of numerous federal trademarks and copyrights for her clients. She has negotiated and drafted trademark and copyright licensing, consent, coexistence, and assignment agreements for a variety of industries, including record labels, publishing companies, authors, and other content owners.

​Chelsie also practices in the areas of medical marijuana, cannabidiol, and industrial hemp and represents clients within those industries for business law and compliance issues. She represents many businesses in the industrial hemp industry for their trademark registrations and trademark portfolios containing goods including cannabidiol as an ingredient. She is very active in lobbying and legislative activity in these fields and frequently writes, speaks, and presents on issues affecting these industries across the United States.

​Chelsie’s litigation experience includes enforcing and defending claims of copyright infringement, trademark infringement, patent infringement, false designation of origin, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and tortious interference with contract, among others. She is licensed in both Texas and Florida and has represented clients in federal and state litigation throughout the nation, at both the trial and appellate level. She has tried numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal courts.

EDUCATION

Chelsie attended the University of Miami School of Law in Miami, Florida, where she was an Outstanding Merit scholar and member of the Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity, and Alpha Epilson Lambda Graduate Honor Society. While practicing in Miami, she served as the University of Miami’s Moot Court coach for the BMI Cardozo Entertainment Law and Pepperdine Entertainment Law competition teams.

ACTIVITIES

Chelsie is an Associate member of the Honorable Barbara M. G. Lynn American Inn of Court. She serves as co-chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Community Involvement Committee, a committee focused on community service efforts for the Dallas Bar in the Dallas community. She also serves on the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section’s Trademark Committee and the Dallas Bar Young Lawyers Intellectual Property Committee. She is a member of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Intellectual Property Section of the Dallas Bar Association, and the International Trademark Association.

Representative Articles and Presentations

Featured in Forbes’ Meet the Fearless Lawyer Saving the CBD Industry

Cannabidiol: The Disjointed Stance at the USPTO Continues. Tipsheet Vol. 13, No. 4 (2019)

Cannabidiol: The Disjointed Stance on the Cannabinoid at the USPTO. TipSheet Volume 13, No. 1 (2018)

CBD & Hemp Regulations, CLE Presenter, Dallas Bar Association Science and Technology Section (2019)

Top Ten Things Corporate Counsel Need to Know About Cannabis and Hemp, CLE Presenter, Collin County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section (2019).

Cannabis Trademarks, CLE Presenter, Tennessee Bar Intellectual Property Law Association (2019)

Industrial Hemp Education Series, Panel Speaker. Green Light Events (2018).

Challenges at the Border: Importing and Exporting Hemp, Cannabidiol and Kratom. CLE Presenter, Dallas Bar Association International Law Section (2018).

Six Key Issues in Cannabis Real Estate Today, Chelsie Spencer and David Ritter. . CannaReal Estate Magazine (2018).

Cannabidiol and Compliance: What You Need to Know if You Sell in Texas. North Texas Cannabis and Hemp Entrepreneur Group (2018).

Supreme Court to Clarify Copyright Fee Award Standard. Tipsheet, Vol. 11, Issue 2 (2016).