Chelsea Shaffer


Chelsea Shaffer is an Associate at Wilkinson Stekloff. Before joining the firm, Chelsea clerked for Judge Victor A. Bolden of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Chelsea attended Yale Law School, where she served as Chair of Yale Law Women. While studying at Yale, she was a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and argued before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Chelsea earned her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, where she studied history and visual art. At Bowdoin, she received the Joshua Chamberlain Scholarship and won the Jurist’s Prize for Visual Art.


  • Undergraduate: Bowdoin, B.A., History and Visual Art (2014)
  • Law: Yale Law School, J.D. (2019)


  • The Honorable Victor A. Bolden, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (2020–21)

Notable Matters

  • Member of the trial team that secured a groundbreaking victory for Microsoft, defeating the FTC’s efforts to enjoin its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard and winning the second-biggest merger trial in American history. Following a five-day bench trial, Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley denied the FTC’s motion for preliminary injunction, finding that the FTC failed to make its case that the acquisition would substantially lessen competition in the gaming industry.
  • Member of the trial team defending Altria Group, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries in the first government entity bellwether trial, brought by the San Francisco Unified School District, in multi-district litigation arising out of Altria’s minority investment in JUUL Labs, Inc. On May 10, 2023, just one day after the team completed cross-examinations in plaintiff’s case and the defense case was about to begin, plaintiffs agreed to a global settlement with Altria that resolved the personal injury, consumer class action, and government entity cases brought in over 6,000 e-vapor cases in state and federal courts.