|Chelsea C. Baldwin grew up in Longview, Washington, in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. She attended the University of Washington and Gonzaga University School of Law before returning home to Southwest Washington to serve the people of Cowlitz County.|
Her legal career began as an intern for the Cowlitz County Superior Court where she worked closely with the judges on various projects involving funding and administrative functions; highlighting the relationship between the legislature and local courts. She later became an associate with Walstead Mertsching, PS, and after only three years, became the first female partner in the firm’s eighty five year history. Ms. Baldwin enjoys serving her clients in dissolution and family law matters. She also practices landlord/tenant law and general civil litigation in both state and federal courts. Ms. Baldwin has come full circle, serving the local court as needed as a pro-tem commissioner.
Service to the community has been a hallmark of Ms. Baldwin’s career. She has served on the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid board since 2006, serving multiple years in an executive position. Ms. Baldwin is a member of Cowlitz County Search and Rescue, Cowlitz Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT), Women’s Leadership Alliance and serves in youth programs and camps with Calvary Community Church. Her service to her community has already been recognized at local and state levels.