Attorney Kerrisa Chelkowski

15+ Years of ExperienceKerrisa Chelkowski

At the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski, smart, knowledgeable, and experienced criminal defense is what you will find. Whether you are charged with a state or federal crime, criminal defense attorney Kerrisa Chelkowski will always strive to ensure your best interests are protected, from the beginning of an investigation to the end of post-conviction.

A History of Success

Being a former prosecutor for the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office and as a Special Prosecutor for the Medina County District Attorney’s Office, Kerrisa Chelkowski has an in depth understanding of the various strategies the prosecution may use to build a case against you.

With hundreds of criminal cases tried before juries and judges in state and federal courts, including appeals involving the death penalty, Kerrisa has been able to prevail among her legal peers on widely publicized cases across Texas, including a dismissal of indictments against her clients involved in the Southwest Airlines case, and representing clients in the Bexar County multi-million dollar class action lawsuit settlement, involving illegal strip searches.

Accolades & Achievements

  • Texas Super Lawyer® Rising Stars SM 2009-2015
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio - Seen in Scene in SA Monthly, 2007
  • Featured Profile in NSIDE Magazine "Leaders of Generation X" January/February, 2007
  • Written published articles, including her latest article “The 25,000 Martini”, which discusses the effects a DWI can have on a person’s professional life and career

Appointed also by all the district court judges from Bexar County to be a Magistrate Judge, Kerrisa Chelkowski has been able to prepare criminal defense cases with intelligence, creativity, and special attention to detail.

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas, 2001; J.D.
  • University of Texas at Austin, 1998; B.S.

Published Works:

  • The $25,000 Martini - NSIDE Magazine -Consequences of DWI cases, San Antonio Business Journal, March/April, 2007
  • Marriage, A Limited Liability Partnership - Effects of Divorce on a Small Business Owner, NSIDE Magazine, May/June, 2007
  • It Pays to Fight - Tips on fighting a speeding ticket, NSIDE Magazine, July/August, 2007
  • Cooperating with the Cooperator - How to guide your client in cooperating with the federal government, The Defender (San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer Association Magazine, July/August, 2007

Honors and Awards:

  • Texas Super Lawyer® Rising Stars SM – Featured in Texas Monthly Magazine and Super Lawyers
    • Rising Star Edition Magazine, 2009-2015

  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio - Seen in Scene in SA Monthly, 2007

  • Featured Profile in NSIDE Magazine "Leaders of Generation X" January/February, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Board of Directors
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Texas Criminal Trial College
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association Faculty Member
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Bexar County Women's Bar Association
  • The Heritage Society


Over the course of my legal career, I have been featured in numerous high profile, newsworthy cases. These cases have been covered by various news outlets; below you'll find a small representation of those cases and the accompanying news pieces that were written.

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If you need legal guidance surrounding any criminal legal matter, do not hesitate to contact Kerrisa Chelkowski, for a free initial consultation.

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