Chelsey Mam is a litigator who focuses her practice on insurance recovery, complex commercial disputes, and personal injury cases. She joined the firm in 2015 and is rapidly gaining courtroom experience—starting with a victory in her first trial, in which she played a substantial speaking role. In 2016 Chelsey was recognized as a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers.
Chelsey graduated first in her class at Gonzaga University School of Law and received a wide range of awards, for service and leadership as well as nine awards for academic excellence. She was editor-in-chief of the Gonzaga Journal of International Law. After law school, Chelsey served as law clerk to the Hon. David Armstrong of Washington Court of Appeals, Division II.
Coverage Counsel to Snohomish County after Oso landslide tragedy
On March 22, 2014 a massive landslide killed 43 people in the Steelhead Haven neighborhood near the community of Oso in Snohomish County, Washington. In the aftermath, victims and their families filed dozens of wrongful death claims against three defendants, including Snohomish County. These claims have been consolidated in King County into the State’s largest-ever wrongful death action. Frank Cordell was selected to represent the County as coverage counsel, and, along with Chelsey Mam and Greg Pendleton, currently is prosecuting litigation against the insurers in federal court in Seattle.
Negligence case against apartment complex in hash oil explosion
A tenant manufacturing hash oil in his Bellevue apartment caused a massive explosion that destroyed ten apartments and their contents and injured residents. With the help of Michael Rosenberger and Chelsey Mam, a tenant who lived next-door to the hash operation sued Hampton Greens Apartments and its property manager, Riverstone Residential West, for negligence. Despite having received a report of the drug operation, the complex and the property manager had failed to take action to commence eviction. In a 2015 bench trial, the King County Superior Court awarded GTTC’s client the full value of his destroyed property and general damages within the specific range asked for in closing argument.
Prior to law school, I studied abroad at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. My travels have also taken me to Europe as well as Costa Rica and the Canary Islands. My undergraduate major was international studies. I have always been interested in the people of developing countries and their rights. Outside the office I am excited to be a new mom. I play softball on a co-ed team. I enjoy camping in Washington’s beautiful state parks, vegetable gardening and yard work, and getting to know more about good wines.