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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.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 25%
    10 years
  2. Violent Crime: 25%
    10 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 15%
    10 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 15%
    10 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Retainer (always), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Michael John Millios

    I highly recommend Kelly to any potential client. I turn to Kelly when I need help on a criminal justice issue. She is highly respected in the community and cares about her clients.


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  • Nicholas Alexander Furia

    I refer clients to Kelly because she is extremely knowledgeable about criminal law, she is thorough, and I know she will take great care of them.


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Contact info

Brandt Criminal Defense

2150 Third Avenue North
Suite 210
Anoka, MN, 55303

Brandt Criminal Defense

25 Ninth Avenue North
Hopkins, MN, 55343



MNAuthorized to practice200607/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarMinnesota Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarMinnesota Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarMinnesota Super Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBrandt Criminal Defense2005 - Present
Law ClerkAnoka County Attorney's Office2005 - 2005
Law ClerkFederal Public Defender2004 - 2004
Lobbyist, Government AffairsMcGrann Shea2003 - 2003
Legislative AssistantMinnesota State Senate - Senator David H. Johnson, Majority Whip2000 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLegislative Committee Chair2011 - Present
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member2009 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
National Association of Women LawyersMember2006 - Present
Anoka County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Twenty-first District Ethics CommitteeEthics Investigator2008 - 2013
University of Minnesota Law School Misdemeanor Defense ClinicClinic Director2005 - 2006
University of Minnesota Women Law Students AssociationPresident2005 - 2006
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2009
Minnesota Women LawyersMember2005 - 2013
Minnesota State Bar Association Public Law SectionExecutive Committee Member2004 - 2005
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2012
University of Minnesota Women Law Students AssociationMember2003 - 2006
Minnesota Justice FoundationMember2003 - 2004
University of Minnesota Alumni AssociationMember2000 - 2013
Publication nameTitleDate
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, ChallengerFinally, A Second Chance: Minnesota's New Expungement Law2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of MinnesotaSociology of Law, Crime, DevianceBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The District Court Show - Quad Cities Community TelevisionExpungement2014
Tenth Judicial District Law Clerks CLE (Wright County)Gun Rights and Restoration2014
Minnesota State Senate Judiciary CommitteeTestimony: Expungement2014
Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionCivil Landmines of Your Criminal Case: Collateral Consequences2014
Minnesota State Bar AssociationThe New Expungement Law: What Attorneys Need to Know2014
Minnesota Society for Criminal JusticeMinnesota's New Expungement Law2014
Minnesota CLEMinnesota's New Expungement Law2014
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersExpungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H.2014
Hennepin County Bar AssociationWhen Crime Doesn't Get You Pay: Employment, Criminal Records and Expungement2014
William Mitchell Law School Expert Panel SymposiumExpungement2013
The Jack Rice Show - 950 AM RadioMN. Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2013 Legislative Efforts2013
The 48th Annual Criminal Justice InstituteFirearm Rights and Restoration2013
Minnesota House of Representatives Civil Law CommitteeTestimony: Forfeiture Reform2013
Minnesota CLE WebinarFirearms Rights and Restoration2013
The 47th Annual Criminal Justice Institute2012 Expungement Case Law Update - New Appellate Court Decisions2012
2012 Annual Meeting of the Office of the Public Defender Seventh Judicial District2012 Legislative Update2012
The 46th Annual Criminal Justice InstituteExpungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H.2011
Anoka County Bar AssociationExpungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H.2011
“One and The Same” Television ProgramExpungement2010
Thomson ReutersExpungement2010
The 45th Annual Criminal Justice InstituteExpungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H.2010
Minnesota State Senate Judiciary CommitteeTestimony: Expungement Law Reform2009
Minnesota House of Representatives Public Safety Policy and Oversight CommitteeTestimony: Driving After Withdrawal Collateral Consequences2009
Hennepin County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionExpungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H.2009
2009 Public Defender Road ShowThe Science and Forensics of the Intoxilyzer 5000EN2009