Professional Biography

Chelsea W. Curfman Partner

  • Denver

    D +1.303.291.2300

    F +1.303.291.2400


    1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1400

    Denver, CO 80202-5255




As member of the firm’s White Collar & Investigations practice, Chelsea Curfman conducts confidential internal investigations for clients facing potential legal exposure due to issues involving bribery, corruption, accounting and securities fraud, violations of company policy, or other misconduct. Experienced in managing both multinational and small-scale investigations, Chelsea helps clients identify and assess potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.K. Bribery Act, and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABAC) laws and supply chain regulations. She also counsels clients on designing appropriate remediation plans to mitigate identified problems and minimize future legal exposure.

Chelsea frequently advises clients in connection with whistleblower allegations, including the decision to self-report potential violations of the FCPA to U.S. and/or foreign authorities. She also regularly appears before regulatory and enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), or other federal agencies. Chelsea understands the expectations of outside auditors in the context of an ongoing internal investigation and is experienced at navigating privilege issues that can arise when reporting investigation results.

Chelsea’s investigation clients range from small to multinational companies in a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, automotive, apparel, food and beverage, mining and natural resource extractive industries, biotechnologies and healthcare, and technology/application services. Chelsea has led internal investigations in more than 30 countries and on all continents except Antarctica.

Compliance Counseling, Risk Assessments, and Anti-Corruption Due Diligence

In addition to her investigation work, Chelsea works with clients to develop, improve, and implement company-wide compliance programs and internal controls. Whether by conducting targeted ABAC risk assessments, directing compliance program audits, or providing training to company executives, management teams, and other key personnel, Chelsea helps clients establish a compliance infrastructure that will both address regulators’ expectations and reduce or prevent legal risks before they occur.

Chelsea also advises clients in connection with anti-corruption-related transactional due diligence, either in advance of, or immediately following, a significant acquisition, forming a new joint venture, or the onboarding of new channel partners.

Chelsea is an active member of the Denver chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School, where she teaches a course on the FCPA and other anti-corruption, anti-trafficking, and supply chain compliance regulations.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Corporate Compliance Law, 2023 – 2024
  • Named a Colorado “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers,  2017 – 2019
  • Named one of the Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”, 2018

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association, Global Anti-Corruption Committee, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Washington University in St. Louis Alumni & Parents Admissions Program, Volunteer
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Denver Chapter, Founding Member, 2017

Related Employment

  • University of Colorado Law School, Adjunct Professor, 2017 – 2020
  • Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago, IL, Associate, 2009 – 2013





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2009, Article Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., Anthropology, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2006


  • French
  • Spanish