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Kelly Jane Keegan

Violent crime Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

5.0   61 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2006
    Status
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About Kelly

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Ms. Keegan has been lead defense counsel on thousands of 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 an executive 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 numerous 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.

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Location

Keegan Law Office
1622 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55408

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Posted by Tony F. | May 6, 2024
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The Legal Champion "Expertise and dedication"
Researching lawyers specific to your cause can be quite the daunting matter, however let me say with the utmost intricacy that you may never need to research any further. My case spans the course of 18 years and I have been in spontaneous contact with Kelly for 10 of them. I finally decided to dig in and after researching previous reviews I went with Kelly for my firearm rights restoration. Kelly is one of the few individuals I have met in my lifetime that has the inclination to figure out the "why" to most scenarios, her meaningful representation is something hard to come by. I presented my case to Kelly and she really outdid herself with the fact-finding. Once Kelly was able to organize the why she was able to draft her documents with not only precision but a realization that people make mistakes and if it was simply that, a mistake, then she would go all the way to see the case through from start to finish. She is always available by email and responds promptly. I cannot stress enough how comfortable I was sitting across the table from a level of talent I could only wish to achieve one day. Anyway aspirations aside Kelly crafted extremely thorough Legal documents from the Petition to the Proposed Order, no avenues were left unarticulated. Confidence in a courtroom appearance is also key and not one time did Kelly fault. Moreover fast-forward to the results and my firearm rights that were on a lifetime ban were restored. Kelly went a step further than district court, I petitioned for a UPIN with the FBI and there were issues that came from that resulting in a denial. After consulting with Kelly a letter was drafted and the FBI fairly quickly reversed their decision which resulted in a UPIN issuance. I now have two state CCW permits and a UPIN and without her guidance and knowledge it would have been relatively unobtainable. I would hire Kelly without a second thought on any occasion, the ethic that emanates from Kelly is astounding as I highly recommend her, and her team the professionalism is epic and welcomed. Thank you Kelly for everything you do and have done!
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Posted by Richard | March 6, 2024
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Wouldn't choose anyone else!
My experience with Kelly, who assisted me in restoring my right to possess firearms, was truly amazing. From the beginning, Kelly's professionalism & commitment to my case were evident. What stood out the most was her in-depth knowledge of firearm-related laws and regulations, which played a pivotal role in achieving a favorable outcome. Throughout the process, Kelly demonstrated a keen understanding of the intricacies involved, ensuring that every legal avenue was explored to its fullest extent. Her attention to detail and thorough preparation set her apart, instilling confidence in me during what could have been a daunting ordeal. However what set Kelly apart, was her willingness to go above and beyond expectations. She showed a genuine concern for my situation. She invested the time & effort needed to address any concerns or questions I had. This level of personal commitment made a significant impact on my overall experience. In addition to her legal acumen, Kelly maintained clear and transparent communication, keeping me informed at every step of the process. This proactive approach not only fostered trust but also allowed me to actively participate and understand the progress of my case. Ultimately, the successful restoration of my right to possess firearms can be attributed to Kelly's unwavering dedication & exemplary legal skills. I am immensely grateful for her outstanding service and would highly recommend her to anyone in need of assistance with a proven track record of achieving exceptional results.
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Posted by Tai | January 8, 2024
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Tai
Kelly is really good lawyer . I will recommend too all my friend if need help. She explain me clearly and help me goes throughly my case. The result was outstanding. Thanks you for all your help Kelly.
Posted by Pauline | September 18, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Expungement
**Review for Lawyer Kelly J. Keegan - Exceptional Expungement Services in Minnesota** I am thrilled to share my experience and express my utmost gratitude to Lawyer Kelly J. Keegan for her outstanding efforts in helping me with the expungement of my record. Kelly is not just an attorney; she is a dedicated professional who goes above and beyond to achieve exceptional results for her clients. From the very beginning, Kelly exhibited a level of commitment and expertise that immediately put me at ease. She thoroughly explained the entire expungement process, outlining the steps and potential outcomes, ensuring that I fully understood the implications and possibilities. This clarity and transparency in communication made me confident in her abilities. What truly sets Kelly apart is her unwavering determination and hard work. She tirelessly worked on my case, leaving no stone unturned in her quest to secure a successful expungement. Her deep knowledge of Minnesota's expungement laws is remarkable, and she even played a pivotal role in shaping some of those laws. This is a testament to her dedication to not only her clients but also to the broader cause of justice. Throughout the process, Kelly was not just my attorney; she was my advocate and ally. She demonstrated a genuine interest in my case, always keeping me informed and updated. Her personal approach and willingness to listen to my concerns made the journey smoother and less stressful. In the end, Kelly's hard work paid off, and my record was successfully expunged. I couldn't be happier with the outcome, and it is all thanks to her exceptional skills and commitment to her clients. I wholeheartedly recommend Lawyer Kelly J. Keegan to anyone seeking expungement services in Minnesota. Her professionalism, expertise, and dedication to her clients are truly commendable. If you want an attorney who will work relentlessly on your behalf and deliver outstanding results, Kelly is the one to trust. She is, without a doubt, an invaluable asset to the legal profession, and I am immensely grateful for her exceptional service. Thank you, Kelly, for helping me move forward with a clean slate and a brighter future.
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Posted by Justin | January 4, 2023
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Gun Rights
Kelly is very quick and knowledgeable about the laws. She cleared up my case without any problems.
Posted by Michael | November 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Most Highly Recommended
Kelly Keegan was instrumental in helping to restore my rights to purchase and possess firearms. Her knowledge and experience is phenomenal! I felt reassured and supported throughout the entire process. You will want her in your corner!
Posted by Tyler | November 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and good at what she does
I had Kelly get my ability to possess firearms and ammunition again and she made the process very simple for me to understand and did a awesome job I couldn’t be happier if you want a good attorney she is it for sure!!!
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Proven professional
Kelly Keegan affectively brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and empathy to each case. Finding and achieving the best outcome for her clients is her chief goal. We would highly recommend her for any criminal defense.
Posted by Bob | October 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Kelly Keegan did an awesome job resulting in all charges being dismissed.
I was wrongfully charged with 5th degree assault when I defended myself after being struck by an intoxicated person. Unfortunately, my accuser lied to the police which resulted in me being charged. Kelly came highly recommended and absolutely lived up to her excellent reputation. Kelly and her team diligently compiled all the evidence, tracked down the witnesses who vouched for my innocence, then presented it to the prosecuting attorney who rightfully concluded I was innocent and eventually dismissed all charges. Kelly thoroughly explained the legal process up front and made it as easy and stress free as possible. Her experience, professionalism, kindness, and strong communication skills got the result I hoped for. Her flat fee for my defense was very reasonable as well, especially considering the high quality of her work. If you're ever in a situation where you need a criminal defense advocate, she's the real deal and should be your first call.
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Posted by Jason | May 27, 2022
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Kelly is a fantastic Attorney
Kelly helped me with a gun rights issue that stemmed from an issue that was over thirty years old. Everything Kelly told me would happen, did happen. There was no overpromise, under deliver. She spells everything out for you upfront and is very honest about what the primary obstacles are and how they need to be addressed. Her fees are reasonable, and she is very transparent about the fee's. I would highly recommend her for any gun rights issues, she really knows the laws pertaining to gun rights. Thanks Kelly!
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Posted by Nick | May 13, 2022
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A Great Team
I contacted Kelly late last year about clearing up an issue that has sat on my record for 20+ years. She and her team got to work and were able to get me a court date, explain all the paperwork, and helped restore my gun rights in the state of MN with not much effort on my part. I reviewed the process one would undergo to do this on their own and to say it was confusing would be an understatement. Kelly and her team walked me through every step of the process and did the leg work to get me prepped. The virtual court appearance was a bit of a non-event as Kelly had laid out all the points to the DA who contacted her prior to the court appearance to state they had no objections. My one regret is waiting 25 years to do something about this, and not calling Kelly sooner.
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Posted by Thomas | February 15, 2022
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Without Question the Very Best!
Using any other lawyer would be a huge mistake. After extensive research, Kelly was the clear choice. The pre-agreement interview was so thorough and informative. I had absolute confidence Kelly would get the best possible outcome. In fact, she did! Kelly went beyond expectations to work with the Prosecutor directly and help me cope with legalistic anxiety. The process and negotiated resolution was effective, efficient and best solution all things considered. I consider Kelly a friend as she made herself available beyond professional needs.
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Posted by Daniel | February 8, 2022
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Best of the best.
Kelly, with her outstanding legal knowledge, and caring, had 6 felonies dismissed, my firearm rights restored, and my guns returned to me as she had told me she would do. Kelly is the best lawyer a person can get.
Posted by Matthias carter | November 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Gun rights restored
I hired Kelly to get my gun rights restored and she did not disappoint. In 1997 i was convicted on a felony drug case and was told that i was never allowed to own a firearm again. After speaking with kelly i felt confident about my restoration chances and hired her. Kelly is very knowledgeable and was always available to answer my questions and trust me i had alot of questions...if you need the BEST attorney look no further you have found her...
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Posted by Emma | November 11, 2021
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110% Recommend
Was referred to Kelly by another lawyer back in spring. After the initial meeting I felt very comfortable, hopeful, and so I moved forward. Goodbye $ lol...no regrets. From start to finish both Kelly and Leigh were very responsive and they kept me informed as the process went on step by step. Plus, they're both very very nice, so yeah - "icing on the cake". The whole experience was very streamlined and I had a clear impression that they knew what they were doing. Turned out that was exactly right. Successful outcome and happy me :D Recommend Kelly's firm to anyone interested in her "specialty". She's got a good rep for a good reason/s. Leigh and Kelly, and anyone else there who may have helped, thank you all sooo so much. Take care.
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Posted by Xai | October 16, 2021
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Excellent Attorney
I'm very satisfied with the attorney I hired. She was very knowledgeable and experienced in the whole process from start to finish. Working with her was very smooth and she explained everything clearly each step of the way.
Posted by Billy | April 8, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Advice
I called Kelly to pick her brain on my 2A issue. She was very nice and took time to make sure all my questions got answered even though I wasn't even a paying client! I would recommend her because you can tell she cares about the people she works with and not just doing this for the money.
Posted by Tammy | March 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Very pleased
Kelly was very professional and knowledgeable in what she does. I hired her to help me get my gun rights restored and she did just that!! Kelly was very thorough with the work that was done. She was up front with the entire process, from start to finish. I'm soooo pleased.Thank you for all your hard work.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Restoration of gun rights
After a felony conviction, I hired Ms Keegan to help me get my gun rights restored. From the minute I met with her, I knew I was in good hands. She clearly laid everything out for me. I was so impressed by how organized and prepared she was every time I met with her. Due to the pandemic, our court date was virtual. When she was speaking to the judge during our virtual court, she was not only prepared for our time before the judge but she was ready with specific past cases that set a precedent in this matter. I am so happy to say that she was successful in getting my gun rights restored!! I will be happy to refer her to anyone that needs an amazing criminal attorney!!
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Posted by Jay | December 8, 2020
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Gun rights restoration
Kelly and her office were diligent, detailed and excellent during the entire process. I couldn't have asked for an easier, more pleasant group of people to work with. 10/10 will always recommend her!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Keegan Law Office
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Brandt Criminal Defense
  • 2005 - 2018
  • Law Clerk
  • Anoka County Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • Federal Public Defender
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Lobbyist, Government Affairs
  • McGrann Shea
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Minnesota State Senate - Senator David H. Johnson, Majority Whip
  • 2000 - 2003
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Education

  • University of Minnesota
  • Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • N/A
  • University of Minnesota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude
  • N/A

Associations

  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Anoka County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Legislative Committee Chair
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Twenty-first District Ethics Committee
  • Ethics Investigator
  • 2008 - 2013
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2009
  • University of Minnesota Law School Misdemeanor Defense Clinic
  • Clinic Director
  • 2005 - 2006
  • University of Minnesota Women Law Students Association
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2013
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Public Law Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2012
  • University of Minnesota Women Law Students Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2004
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Challenger
  • Finally, A Second Chance: Minnesota's New Expungement Law
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Dakota County Law Librarians CLE Series
  • Gun Rights Restoration
  • 2017
  • MyLaw CLE, Orlando Florida
  • Criminal Records and Federal Gun Rights
  • 2016
  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • Minnesota's New Expungement Law
  • 2016
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Duluth CLE
  • The Evolution of Expungements
  • 2016
  • Gun Law, Minnesota CLE
  • Gun Rights Restoration
  • 2016
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • The New Expungement Law
  • 2016
  • The 50th Annual Criminal Justice Institute
  • The New Expungement Law: How It's Working
  • 2015
  • Seventh Judicial District Law Clerks
  • The New Expungement Law
  • 2015
  • Seven and Eighth Judicial District
  • Firearms Prohibitions and the Restoration of Rights
  • 2015
  • MyLaw CLE, Orlando Florida
  • Criminal Records, Data Harvesters, and Expungement
  • 2015
  • Minnesota CLE
  • The Intersection of Expungement and Employment Law
  • 2015
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Minnesota's New Expungement Law
  • 2015
  • The District Court Show - Quad Cities Community Television
  • Expungement
  • 2014
  • Tenth Judicial District Law Clerks CLE (Wright County)
  • Gun Rights and Restoration
  • 2014
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Civil Landmines of Your Criminal Case: Collateral Consequences
  • 2014
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • The New Expungement Law: What Attorneys Need to Know
  • 2014
  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • Minnesota's New Expungement Law
  • 2014
  • Minnesota CLE
  • Minnesota's New Expungement Law
  • 2014
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Expungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H.
  • 2014
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • When Crime Doesn't Get You Pay: Employment, Criminal Records and Expungement
  • 2014
  • Anoka County Bar Association
  • The New Expungement Law
  • 2014
  • William Mitchell Law School Expert Panel Symposium
  • Expungement
  • 2013
  • The 48th Annual Criminal Justice Institute
  • Firearm Rights and Restoration
  • 2013
  • Minnesota House of Representatives Civil Law Committee
  • Testimony: Forfeiture Reform
  • 2013
  • Minnesota CLE Webinar
  • Firearms Rights and Restoration
  • 2013
  • The 47th Annual Criminal Justice Institute
  • 2012 Expungement Case Law Update - New Appellate Court Decisions
  • 2012
  • 2012 Annual Meeting of the Office of the Public Defender Seventh Judicial District
  • 2012 Legislative Update
  • 2012
  • The 46th Annual Criminal Justice Institute
  • Expungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H.
  • 2011
  • Anoka County Bar Association
  • Expungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H.
  • 2011
  • “One and The Same” Television Program
  • Expungement
  • 2010
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Expungement
  • 2010
  • The 45th Annual Criminal Justice Institute
  • Expungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H.
  • 2010
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Expungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H.
  • 2009
  • 2009 Public Defender Road Show
  • The Science and Forensics of the Intoxilyzer 5000EN
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly has an incredibly strong reputation in the legal community for her hard work and ability to become an expert on important legal topics. She not only provides great representation for her clients, but many other attorneys, including myself, rely on her guidance and expertise on a variety of legal topics. In sum, she kicks butt!"
Expungement Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very few people are as knowledgeable as Kelly in this area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly Keegan is well respected by judges, attorneys, court staff and professional colleagues. She has earned an excellent reputation as a smart, well-prepared and effective attorney. I have known Kelly a long time, and I would gladly refer to her with confidence that she would do an outstanding job."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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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Minneapolis Violent crime Lawyer Kelly Jane Keegan
Kelly Jane Keegan
Violent crime Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Licensed for 17 years
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