Chelsea L. Canaday


Chelsea focuses her practice primarily in the areas of education and employment law. She prides herself on truly listening and getting to know her clients, so as to best remedy their legal issues and accomplish their goals in the process. Chelsea regularly appears in state and federal courts, and at administrative hearings. She has also argued appellate cases in front of the Sixth Circuit and state district courts.


  • Ohio Super Lawyers®
    • "Rising Stars,Schools & Education,2020 - 2024
  • Columbus Bar Association Barrister Leadership Program 
    • Participant, 2015

Prominent Assignments

Chelsea provides legal services to school districts, community schools, career-technical schools, and other educational institutions, on a variety of issues, including:

  • Represented a school in a two-week jury trial involving claims for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and indemnification;

  • Employee leaves of absence and accommodations;
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation allegations and investigations;
  • Employment contracts;
  • Non-compete issues;
  • Civil litigation matters;
  • School policies, procedures, and handbooks;
  • Legislative and administrative rules and regulations;
  • State and Federal laws and regulations, and Ohio Department of Education oversight;
  • Public ethics and board governance;
  • Student discipline;
  • Special education;
  • Unemployment and workers’ compensation;
  • COVID-19 preparedness; and
  • Title IX.

Professional Involvement

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Dublin Chamber of Commerce 2016 Leadership Academy Graduate
  • Be My Eyes-Volunteer

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


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