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12800 Center Court Drive
Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90703

562-653-3333 fax


  • B.A., Stanford University (Scholar Athlete)
  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law (Dean Scholarship Recipient)

Bar Admissions

  • 2009, California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • California State Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Celtic Bar Association
  • Stanford Young Alumni

Chelsea N. Trotter

Senior Associate

Practice Areas

Chelsea Trotter is a senior associate in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, specializing in commercial and employment litigation.  When issues escalate into litigation, Ms. Trotter handles all stages of the litigation process through trial. Ms. Trotter focuses her practice on employment law and defense of management in personnel and labor relations matters such as sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination, and has successfully defended the firm’s private and public clients in a number of high profile employment matters.  In addition, as a member of AALRR’s Business and Commercial Litigation group, she has handled an array of commercial litigation involving whistleblower claims, breach of contract, partnership and joint venture disputes, trade secret claims, unfair competition, and professional malpractice.  

Ms. Trotter also has experience in the field of healthcare. She has represented physicians in administrative matters pending before the Medical Board of California, as well as in peer review and licensing matters.

Prior to joining AALRR, Ms. Trotter was an associate at two nationally recognized firms, managing numerous high-profile commercial litigation matters relating to unfair competition, securities, professional malpractice, breach of contract/fiduciary duty, and fraud.   

Ms. Trotter earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Stanford University, where she received a full athletic scholarship and served as captain of the Stanford Women’s Basketball Team.  Ms. Trotter earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law.  While in law school, she received the CALI award for Excellence in Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Sports Law, was an editor of the Pepperdine Law Review, and was a member of Pepperdine’s Trial Team. 

Awards and Recognitions
Ms. Trotter was named a 2017 “Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyers. Rising Stars are exceptional Southern California attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for ten years or less. They are selected based on peer evaluations and independent research regarding the attorneys’ professional achievements. Only 2.5 percent of attorneys are recognized as Rising Stars.

Representative Matters
After vigorous litigation, Ms. Trotter recently obtained a dismissal for AALRR’s client in a high profile qui tam lawsuit.  In addition, she recently second-chaired a five-week jury trial and successfully defended against the plaintiff’s claims of unjust enrichment and ownership of real property.

Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Trotter is a contributor to the firm’s publications and blogs.  She also frequently speaks in front of various employment related groups.

Community Involvement
Ms. Trotter has a rich background of community service.  She is involved in several non-profit organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, International Justice Mission, and World Vision, and is actively involved in her church.




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