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.