Chelsie Spencer


Forbes Magazine dubbed Chelsie Spencer 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. As head of the cannabis practice at Ritter Spencer Cheng PLLC, Chelsie represents clients in every facet of the cannabis and hemp industries, including dispensaries, growers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, and more for their business needs. Her transactional practice focuses on licensing, regulatory compliance, and other business matters. She frequently writes, speaks, and presents on issues affecting the cannabis industry at conferences and forums across the United States.

In addition to her representation of cannabis clients, Chelsie is an experienced trademark attorney. She has successfully secured registration of numerous federal trademarks for her clients and manages worldwide trademark portfolios. Her trademark practice also encompasses transactional issues such as trademark licensing, consent and coexistence agreements, and assignments. Chelsie is nationally recognized for her trademark work with cannabis clients across the United States.

Chelsie has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the Cannabis practice area by Thomson Reuters and has been awarded the Client Champion distinction by Martindale-Hubbell. She is President of the Texas Hemp Legal Fund, serves as Chair of the International Cannabis Bar Association’s Amicus Committee, and serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Texas Cannabis Council. She has helped draft cannabis legislation at both the federal and state levels and routinely advises state legislatures in regard to crafting effective cannabis policies.

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).