Chelsie Spencer is a cannabis and hemp attorney. She is a founding member of Ritter Spencer PLLC. Chelsie practices in the areas of medical marijuana and hemp and represents clients across those industries for their business law and compliance needs. Chelsie represents all facets of the cannabis and hemp industries, including dispensaries, growers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, and more. Forbes Magazine dubbed Chelsie the “rare friendly face in the midst of a cutthroat CBD hurricane, the person you want on speed dial when things turn sour” for her work in the cannabidiol (CBD) industry. In addition to navigating complex issues and transactions in these highly regulated industries, she frequently writes, speaks, and presents on issues affecting these industries at conferences and forums across the United States.

Chelsie’s practice also focuses on transactional issues in commercial law and in intellectual property. Chelsie has secured registration of numerous federal trademarks and copyrights for her clients and manages worldwide trademark portfolios, in addition to handling trademark and copyright licensing, consent, coexistence, and assignment agreements for a variety of industries.

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 and has secured dismissal of multiple federal lawsuits.


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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.


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.


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).


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