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Julie Kaelin

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Louisville native Julie Kaelin has been practicing law in Jefferson and its surrounding counties for ten years, and has spent all but a few months of that time focused on criminal defense.

A graduate of the University of Louisville, Julie is a proud Cards fan (her dad even played football for them). As a Public Defender, Julie handled criminal cases for indigent defendants in Jefferson County for nearly five years. She then went into private practice, and a year later was joined by her best friend, Karen Faulkner. She has served as lead counsel on more than fifteen Circuit Court felony jury trials, including several murder trials. She has served as lead counsel on many District Court bench and jury trials, as well. Julie was selected as a speaker at the 2011 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, where she discussed what lawyers who do not normally practice criminal defense should do if they are contacted by a client who is or may be charged criminally. She was voted a "Top Lawyer" by her peers in 2014 (Louisville Magazine, March 2014).

Criminal defense is Julie's passion, but she has extended her litigation skills to domestic relations and other types of cases. In EPO/DVO hearings, she has a 15-2 win-loss record, of which she is very proud. Julie loves being in the courtroom and this zeal is an asset to her clients.

Additionally, Julie is deeply interested in maintaining the craft and civility of her profession. She is a member of many legal organizations including the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Kentucky Bar Association, and the Louisville Bar Association, and serves as a legislative liaison on issues of importance to the criminal defense bar. In July, 2014, she travelled to Macon, GA to participate in the prestigious National Criminal Defense College with other defense attorneys from around the world.



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 95%
    11 years
  2. Family: 5%
    6 years



Hourly ($150-225/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (5 minutes), Pro bono (2%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Alex White

    I endorse this lawyer. Julie Kaelin is one of the most respected criminal defense attorneys who is in the court house on a daily basis.


    Alex White Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Krsna Tibbs

    I endorse this lawyer. Julie is a zealous advocate and tireless worker. You will get a fighter if you hire her and she is excellent at defending and protecting her clients' rights. She has a plethora of experience handling complex litigation and tough cases in court.


    Krsna Tibbs Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

514 S Fifth Street
Suite 102
Louisville, KY, 40202


KYAuthorized to practice law200503/11/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
NCDC ScholarshipKentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2014
"Top Lawyer"Louisville Magazine2014
Carl Mann ScholarshipUniversity of Louisville Brandeis School of Law2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFaulkner Kaelin Law Office2010 - Present
Of CounselHillerich & Bradsby Co., d/b/a Louisville Slugger2004 - Present
Staff Attorney, Adult Trial DivisionLouisville Metro Public Defender Office2006 - 2010
Attorney, Personal Injury LitigationKarl Truman Law Offices2005 - 2006
Business Development WriterMcConnell Technology Training Center2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDirector At Large2014 - Present
LBA Leadership AcademyGraduate2012 - 2012
Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of CourtBarrister Member2011 - 2014
Womens Lawyers Association of LouisvilleBoard Member2010 - 2014
Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - Present
Louisville Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Kentucky Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth of KY v. James DavisALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Commonwealth v. Travis RayNOT GUILTY
Commonwealth v. Austin HofmanALL CHARGES DISMISSED
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Publication nameTitleDate blog posts2013
LBA Bar Briefs"Hanging a Shingle"2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Criminal Defense College at Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawN/AN/A2014
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of LouisvilleLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of LouisvilleEnglish, CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Presentation AcademyN/AN/A1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of CourtJury Nullification2014
Fall Semester 2013Trial Practice2013
Kentucky Bar Association, Annual Convention CommitteeCriminal Defense Triage2011