San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney
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What Sets My Firm Apart?

  • Tried, and won, numerous cases with a nearly perfect rate of success.

  • Included in Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ for six consecutive years.

  • Served as a former prosecutor with the Bexar County District Attorney's Office.

  • Listed as one of the Best Lawyers in San Antonio in SA Monthly.

Attorney Kerrisa Chelkowski

Attorney Kerrisa 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. Kerrisa Chelkowski has been able to prepare criminal defense cases with intelligence, creativity, and special attention to detail.

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.

Practice Areas

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 Magistrate Judge by all the district court judges from Bexar County

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

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.

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

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


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.

  • Air ticket Fraud Case is Gutted
  • Cary Clack: Maybe Prosecutors Should Have Role-Played Embarrassing Trial
  • Court Hears Appellate Arguments at St. Mary's

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

Our Notable Case Results

Our History of Success Speaks For Itself
  • Federal Client Acquitted of All Counts 18 Counts of Conspiracy, Obstruction of Justice, Money Laundering, Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering and Failure to File Tax
  • Dismissed DWI
  • Dismissed DWI
  • Overturned Sentence Federal Drug Trafficking
  • Federal Client Sentenced to Probation Federal Multi-Count Drug Conspiracy
  • Federal Client Sentenced to Probation Federal Multi-Count Drug Conspiracy Over 5 KG of Cocaine
  • 5 Years Probation With Rehab Felony DWI - Client’’s 9th DWI Conviction
  • Not Guilty Felony DWI with a Child Passenger
  • Dismissed Possession of Marijuana
  • Federal Client Sentenced to Probation Theft, Embezzlement, Bank Fraud, Client Charged With Defrauding One of Country’s Largest Banks of Over $150,000 Dollars

In The News

  • N SIde Generation X
  • N SIde it Pays to Fight
  • N Side Marriage a Limited Liability Partnership
  • N Side The 25000 Martini

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