Of Counsel

Ms. Chillemi joined HSSM in 2003.  She has a broad-based commercial litigation background, which includes considerable construction law experience.  In addition to negotiating, drafting and litigating contracts in a variety of commercial and construction contexts, Ms. Chillemi also regularly defends design professionals and contractors from claims arising from design and construction defects.

Throughout her practice, Ms. Chillemi has developed superior legal research and writing skills.  Those skills make her not only an exceptional trial-court and appellate advocate for clients of HSSM but also a sought-after consultant to smaller firms in need of complex litigation documents on a short timeframe or seeking help navigating the appellate process.

Ms. Chillemi has also taught legal research and writing at Charlotte School of Law.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Chillemi practiced in the bankruptcy and financial restructuring groups of Moore & Van Allen, PPLC in Charlotte and Pillsbury Winthrop, LLC in New York.

Ms. Chillemi is admitted to practice in the New York and North Carolina state courts as well as the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Western District of North Carolina.


Practice Areas


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Law, JD with honors, 2001, North Carolina Law Review, comments editor
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA with distinction, honors in English, 1998, Morehead Scholar


  • Representation of contractors and design professionals in cases arising from design and construction defects, personal injury and wrongful death. Exemplary cases have involved roadway construction, water intrusion, mold and mold remediation, fire damage, structural design, geotechnical issues, retaining walls, zoning disputes, catastrophic industrial failures, wastewater treatment facilities, dams, utility damage, personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from occurrences in highway construction zones and on other construction sites.
  • Representation of owners, contractors and design professionals in contract, payment, and lien disputes. Exemplary cases have involved contract scheduling, critical path methodology, unforeseen site conditions, licensing issues, non-conforming work, materials disputes, liquidated damages, claims analysis, warranty issues, claims of lien, payment, and termination analysis.
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of contracts for owner/developers, contractors, architects and engineers on commercial and residential construction projects, including modification and interpretation of AIA and EJCDC standard contract documents to suit needs of specific clients and projects.
  • Coordination of appeals process and drafting of appellate briefs.  Exemplary appeals have involved personal jurisdiction, arbitration clauses, contract interpretation, contribution and indemnity, necessity of expert testimony to prove breach of design professional’s standard of care, and enforceability of limited liability provisions in design professionals’ contracts.
  • Representation of business entities and individuals in cases involving business dissolution, misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, fraud, Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices, breach of employment contract and covenants not to compete.

Honors + Activities

  • Martindale - Hubble® AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Co-chair, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Government Action Committee
  • Member, CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Charlotte
  • Member, Legal Advocates for Birth Options and Rights
  • Past director, National Association of Women in Construction, Charlotte Chapter
  • MemberNorth Carolina Bar Association & Construction Law Section
  • Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Member, Charlotte Womens Bar