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Chelsea P. Fitzgerald
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


Chelsea Fitzgerald is a business lawyer in the firm’s New Orleans office. She has experience in real estate, public finance transactions, commercial lending, including vessel finance, and Fair Housing defense.

Prior to joining the firm, Chelsea was an associate at the Nashville office of a DC- based law firm focused on commercial real estate, public housing authority representation, and affordable housing development. 

Chelsea previously served as a public service fellow at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in New Orleans representing low-income clients with housing legal issues, including defending clients in eviction proceedings, preserving clients’ subsidized housing, advocating for clients’ rights, and mediating landlord-tenant conflicts. 


  • Represented commercial lender in vessel finance transaction involving U.S. flagged vessel chartered outside of U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.

  • Represented commercial lender in acquisition and retail lease transaction with major retail chain.

  • Represented industrial manufacturer in the acquisition and zoning approval of site for construction of plant.

  • Represented developer of solar power generation facility in the acquisition of municipally-owned land and predevelopment financing.

  • Represented commercial lender in construction financing for the development of affordable housing with use of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Multifamily Revenue Bonds.

  • Regularly represented nonprofit lender in construction and term loan financing for the development of affordable housing.

  • Regularly represented nonprofit in sales of real property in conjunction with land banks and land trusts.

  • Represented developer of affordable housing in the acquisition of land and construction financing of 75 units of affordable housing assisted by Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.

  • Represented large metropolitan public housing authority in the development of mixed-income housing assisted by Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.



  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Fundraising Advisory Board Member
  • New Orleans Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Member
  • Forbes Under 30 Global Women’s Summit, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Louisiana Bankers Association, Bank Counsel Section, Member
  • Louisiana Land Title Association, Member
  • Tulane Law School, Real Estate Contracts, Guest Lecturer
  • New Orleans Bar Association, Member
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), Member


  • Rebuilding Together New Orleans, Board of Directors


  • Scholastic Excellence Award- Intellectual Property Survey, Vanderbilt University Law School, 2014
  • First Place at the Phi Delta Phi Annual Chili Cook-Off, Vanderbilt University Law School, 2015


After Hours

"I love hosting my friends for dinner parties. I lived in Spain for a year before law school, so my go-to dish is paella. I cook it in a 3 ft. wide wok, throwing in whatever fresh seafood I find at the market. It’s always a festive affair!"