Professional Biography

Chelsea W. Curfman Counsel

  • Denver

    D +1.303.291.2300

    F +1.303.291.2400


    1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1400

    Denver, CO




White collar defense attorney Chelsea Curfman conducts internal investigations for corporate clients facing issues involving bribery, corruption, accounting and securities fraud, violations of company policy, or other misconduct. Experienced in managing both multinational and small-scale internal investigations, Chelsea identifies and assesses potential violations of laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-trafficking/forced labor laws, and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABAC) laws and supply chain regulations. She also conducts confidential investigations into sensitive issues involving employee misconduct, and advises clients on steps they can take to address and/or mitigate related risks.

Chelsea frequently counsels clients in connection with whistleblower allegations and transactional due diligence efforts, as well as self-reporting potential violations of the FCPA and other laws to U.S. authorities. Chelsea has, on multiple occasions, appeared before regulatory and enforcement agencies in Washington, D.C. on behalf of companies facing scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or other federal agencies. For clients under investigation by a foreign government, Chelsea has also handled requests for information pursuant to mutual legal assistance treaties (MLATs).

In addition to her investigation work, Chelsea conducts corporate risk assessments and works with clients to develop, improve and implement company-wide compliance programs and internal controls designed to minimize legal exposure in their operations. As part of this process, Chelsea provides training for company executives, management teams, and legal and compliance personnel regarding global ABAC, anti-trafficking and forced labor laws, and other regulations applicable to the client’s business.

Chelsea has also litigated a variety of business disputes, including securities fraud cases, shareholder demand actions, employment disputes involving employees terminated as the result of internal investigations, and other contract and tort claims.

Chelsea’s clients range from small to multinational companies operating in such industries as automotive, apparel, extractive industries, biotechnologies and healthcare, and financial services. Chelsea has handled internal investigations spanning several continents, including in China, Indonesia, South Korea, India, Ukraine, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia, Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, Panama, Peru and Suriname.

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


Professional Recognition

  • Named a Colorado "Rising Star," by Super Lawyers, 2017

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, Co-Adjunct Professor, 2017 - 2018
  • Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago, IL, Associate, 2009 - 2013





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Colorado

  • Illinois

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska


  • The 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