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Kelsey Lynn Knight

Criminal defense Attorney at Des Moines, IA

5.0   1 review

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About Kelsey

Learn Kelsey’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Including felonies, OWI/DUI, assault, and possession charges.

  2. Child abuse
    Including Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) cases and representing individuals involved with DHS.

  3. Family
    Including adoptions, termination of parental rights, divorces, custody, visitation, and child support, as well as consulting on LGBTQ specific issues related to family law matters.

  4. Guardianship
    Including establishing or contesting juvenile or adult guardianships and conservatorships, or providing court visitor services.

I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. I attended Drake University and earned a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology in 2009. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, I worked at Pioneer (now Corteva) for a couple of years. I decided I hadn't had enough, so I went back to Drake and earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in 2014. From 2014-2017 I worked as an associate attorney at Culp, Doran & Genest in Des Moines. In 2017, I started practicing at Carr Law Firm, PLC. I practice mainly family and criminal law, but have experience drafting wills, closing small estates, starting small businesses, filing trademark applications, and representing members of the LGBTQ community on a variety of matters. In my free time I enjoy volunteering at the Animal Rescue League, baking, and trying to keep plants alive.

Seeing a lawyer is often a stressful experience by itself, on top of the already stressful experience that brought you into their office. I make it a priority to understand the specific needs of each of my clients, work with them to make sure they are comfortable with the process, and keep them informed. 

Licensed for 8 years
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 12/15/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Kelsey

Carr & Wright, PLC
300 Walnut St.
Suite 140
Des Moines, IA, 50309


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Kyla | November 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney ever!
Kelsey was not just a lawyer, she was someone I knew actually cared about my wellbeing and how me and my daughter were represented. I have and will continue to refer anyone who is in need of representation!


  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-150 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Culp, Doran & Genest, PLC
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Senior Certified Student Attorney
  • Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Sustainability Fellow
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • 2012 - 2014


  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Drake University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009


  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division 5C representative
  • 2017 - Present
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kelsey is an effective, efficient, and passionate legal advocate."