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Kelly is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and William Mitchell College of Law (Juris Doctor). Before earning her law degree, Kelly had a successful career as a Registered Nurse. She worked in several Level I Trauma Centers and specialized in Emergency and Critical Care nursing, maintaining numerous certifications, including TNS, BTLS, TNCC, ECRN, ACLS, and PALS.

In law school Kelly managed a family, a full course load, a 200 mile commute, and still dedicated herself to helping others. As a volunteer with the Streetlaw Program at Edison High School, she helped urban youth understand and trust the judicial system. She also participated in “Exploring Justice,” a restorative justice program that works with young men sentenced to life in prison at MCF-Stillwater. As the Vice President for Law Students for Legal Disaster Relief, Kelly traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and worked with Safe Streets Strong Communities to help restore the Crescent City’s legal system.

Kelly’s extensive experience in the ER has given her a huge advantage in the courtroom. While working with the Freeborn County Attorney’s Office, Kelly was instrumental to the investigation and successful prosecution of the nursing home abuse case in Albert Lea, as well as a wide range of other high-level criminal cases, including first degree murder, criminal sexual conduct, assault, and drug/alcohol-related traffic offense matters.

Since 2009, Kelly has been using her trauma knowledge and legal training to help people accused of a wide variety of crimes. As both an Assistant Public Defender (3rd District) and as a private attorney, Kelly has handled a wide variety of cases, including murder, criminal sexual conduct, assaults, theft, DUI/DWI, and many others. Because of her unique skillset, she has also consulted with dozens of attorneys throughout Minnesota; when it comes to complicated civil and criminal injury cases, Kelly is the lawyer that other lawyers turn-to for advice. Kelly looks forward to speaking with you about your case, and will gladly answer any questions you may have.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    7 years, 1 thousand cases


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jorma Cavaleri

    I highly endorse Kelly Martinez. She is a tough, hard-working, and fearless advocate. She also brings her considerable medical and technical knowledge to bear in the most complex cases, explaining things in ways that judges and juries understand.


    Jorma Cavaleri Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Kelly Martinez is always prepared and ready to fight for her clients.


    Dawn Johnson
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Martinez and Kaschins, LLC

510 First Avenue North, Suite 305
Minneapolis, MN, 55403


MNAuthorized to practice200907/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawMartinez and Kaschins, LLC2013 - Present
Attorney at LawThird Judicial District Public Defender's Office2009 - Present
Certified Student AttorneyFreeborn County Attorney's Office2008 - 2009
Victim Witness CoordinatorFreeborn County Attorney's Office2005 - 2008
RNImmanual St Joseph's Hospital2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association of Nurse AttorneysN/A2014 - Present
International Association of Forensic NursesN/A2012 - Present
International Academy of Forensic ProfessionalsN/A2010 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2009 - Present
MN Forensic NursesN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Domestic Assault-StrangulationAcquittal of the felony-domestic assault strangulation charge.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of Texas System, El PasoNursingBS - Bachelor of Science1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MN Forensic Nurses Annual MeetingTestifying as a SANE2014