Kelly has been with Brandt Criminal Defense since 2005. In that time she has been lead defense counsel on numerous cases of all types and levels, ranging from serious felonies to minor traffic offenses. Additionally, Kelly handles post-conviction matters such as expungement, probation violations, Department of Human Services background study disqualifications, reinstatement of the right to possess firearms, and sentence modification motions. She has represented clients under investigation prior to being formally charged, as well as clients facing grand jury indictment. Kelly is admitted to practice in Minnesota State Court as well as Federal United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. She enjoys working in the courtroom and has obtained excellent results for clients, including dismissal of charges, suppression of evidence, and acquittal by felony jury.
Kelly is a board member of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a group of prominent defense attorneys throughout the state who work to impact policy and legislation on behalf of criminal defendants. In that role she has testified before State Senate and State House of Representatives Committees at the Minnesota State Capitol on legislative initiatives impacting crime and public safety. She has been extremely active in working to reform expungement law in Minnesota. She has been a featured speaker and taught at continuing legal education seminars, which are educational courses for fellow attorneys to keep up-to-date on recent developments in criminal law. She was also a judicially appointed State Ethics Board Ethics Investigator, responding to and investigating ethics complaints concerning other attorneys.