Chelsea L. James


Chelsea was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She attended Louisiana State University, where she received a BA in History and Political Science with a minor in German. Chelsea earned her Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law, with certificates in Civil Litigation, Legal Research, Writing, and Drafting, as well as, Government and Public Interest Law. She was a National Moot Court Champion and received numerous awards for advocacy, writing, and pro bono work. 

Chelsea developed an interest in personal injury law while working for a Law Firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Chelsea finds personal injury law personally fulfilling and enjoys working with clients. She gets to help clients who come to us after an accident, that are typically confused, concerned, and have no idea what the next step is. Chelsea enjoys being able to assist clients by explaining the process and taking the burden from the client in regard to worrying about their claim. Chelsea’s main goal is for the client to only worry about going to the doctor and focusing on getting better.

My girlfriend and I were in a car accident in South Florida back on Mother?s Day - it was not a good experience. We did not know where to start since it happened in SWFL and we both live here in Gainesville. I did some research online & this firm was the one that stuck out the most to me. This was the only call I made in my search to a firm representing us. I could not be any happier with my decision. Mr. Mercadante, Mrs. Payne & the whole staff have been an awesome help! They are so great, fast, knowledgeable, friendly, caring, passionate and professional. They walked us through every step, they referred me to a number of people around town to help with the needs of my girlfriend and I. That was the biggest help because we had no clue about anything here in Gainesville since we were new here. This may be a small firm but they have a huge impact on the community they serve! That truly speaks volumes! Schackow & Mercadante truly cares about the community and their clients! When you choose this firm to help with any of your needs, you will not be just another client or number like other firms, you?ll become a part of their family!! I am glad I chose Schackow & Mercadante!

Samuel Leccima

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