Chelsea Wilson graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech University in 2007. She received her law degree with high honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2010 and clerked for Chief U.S. District Judge D.P. Marshall Jr. after graduation. Chelsea then joined the Federal Defender's Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas as an appellate attorney in the Trial Unit. She also served in that Office's Capital Habeas Unit, representing death-sentenced clients in Federal habeas corpus proceedings and in ancillary state proceedings. Chelsea returned to clerking in 2015, specializing in Federal criminal law, habeas corpus, and prisoner civil rights.
Chelsea joined the Federal Defender's Office for the Western District of Missouri as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in 2021. When she's not representing her clients, she enjoys powerlifting, watching basketball, and visiting national parks.