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Max A. Keller

Criminal defense Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

5.0   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1997
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Max

Learn Max’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I am recognized as one of the leading criminal defense attorney's in Minnesota by virtue of my membership in the Minnesota Society of Criminal Justice, which only accepts the top 50 attorneys, as judged by their peers. As a former prosecutor as Assistant Attorney General, I know the judges and the prosecutor and the players on both sides of the fence. I can get you the outcome you deserve. I will give you an aggressive and smart defense.

    26 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    As a former DWI prosecutor, I know both sides of the fence and am well respected by judges, prosecutors and fellow defense attorneys. For the last 9 plus years since I left the Attorney General's Office, I have been applying what I learned there to use aggressive, innovative defenses to win cases for my DWI clients. I have won DWI jury trials as well as DWI license revocation implied consent hearings, and have gotten many DWI cases thrown out before trial in pre-trial rulings.

    26 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Appeals
    As a former law clerk for 3 judges at the Minnesota Court of Appeals, I know the ins and outs of our appeals system. I have filed dozens of appeals briefs, and have won Criminal Appeals at the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. As a former appeals clerk, I know how to avoid the mistakes that often kill appeals or make for weak arguments. I will give you a strong aggressive, well-written comprehensive appeal brief and oral argument.

    26 years, 40 cases

  4. Federal crime

    26 years

I enjoy hiking, traveling, skiing, running, and biking.

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Posted by Yousef | June 10, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Case from prison
Max was a great attorney he saved my life from my old trial attorney who screwed I landed in prison for almost 20 years sentence max took on my case for a post conviction relief and got me out with the best outcome he could after two years I spent I was looking to spend almost 18 years i was falsely accused of a crime I did not commit I’m thankful for max Keller I recommend everyone dealing with a crime whether being falsely accused or not he will get you the best outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Max Keller is an amazing attorney that will give you hope when other give up, he will never promise something that he cannot do for you. After more than 10 years of battling the case, I found Max, thank you God that I did. Not only that he has an extensive experience and knowledge in criminal law , but he has a network of resources that he can use and recommend. It was my case, where immigration law was involved and he introduced me to another attorney who is amazing also and helped me like no other. If you are looking for a personable, smart, honest and responsible attorney, please come see Max. Thank you Max and Shaleen for everything that you did for me and are doing with another unrelated case right now. D.P
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2019
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Excellent Lawyer
Max and his office were excellent in every regard. He was very responsive, knowledgeable and caring. He did a terrific job explaining and going through different possible scenarios both before and after the case, as well as was very easy to reach and responsive through both phone and email. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking services from his practice.
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Posted by Randy | November 8, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Above and Beyond Consultation
I did my one and only consultation with Max on a probation violation case involving my brother where our family was considering appeal on his behalf. Max dug deep into my brother's case and worked with me as we looked at all angles of the case and in turn discovered a couple of strong and viable angles for appeal. Max was impressive in all the areas one would look for in a defense attorney - experienced, knowledgable, intuitive, realistic. Best of all he was able to put complex legal intracities into language that was easy for me to understand. My father and I were discussed the consultation that I had with Max and were absolutely ready to hire Max, but ultimately my brother decided he didn't want representation or help from our family with his circumstance as he felt it was time he tackled his problems on his own. I did learn in this process though, that my family and friends know where to go if defense representation is needed in the future. I have no doubts that he's one of the best one could find in the Minneapolis area!
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Have no filter
Max is exceptional. I am an outspoken female healthcare professional and I often forget that law enforcement expects submissive subservient behavior from everyone. Max has my back when I forget bow.
Posted by Nick | February 5, 2015
Great Implied Consent Outcome.
I was extremely satisfied with the quality of the outcomes for the criminal and civil cases for my implied consent charge. In both cases, Max was able to negotiate a lower settlement than I thought possible.
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2014
Max Keller
Cannot thank Max enough for the work he put into my case. He is a very experienced attorney who has worked before as an assistant attorney general so he is able to utilize this factor to help his clients put together the best defense possible, and if necessary proceed to trial. Very smart and savvy, definitely knows how to navigate all of the little nuances of law. What impressed me the most about Mr. Keller and what I believe separates him from other defense attorneys is that he will always find a way and leave no stones unturned when fighting for his clients. Ultimately Max and I went together on a long journey together that lasted about a year and finally ended with ALL NOT GUILTY VERDICTS (4 in total). Arguably one of the strangest cases that had a lot of ups and downs but concluded with the best possible outcome. Overall very appreciative of Max and his effort he put into the case. Will definitely be contacting him in the future if needed. Thank you Max wish you all the best.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2014
Impressive Lawyer - Impressive Results
Nearly eight years ago I required the services of Mr. Max Keller due to an extremely poor decision on my part. Having no criminal experience, naturally it was quite a scary time. After flipping through the advertisements of several dozen criminal defense lawyers, I stumbled upon Max Keller. What made Mr. Keller stand out was his experience as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota, his Public Defender background and record of court wins and reversals. To my surprise when calling Mr. Keller in the early morning hours, he answered. Within hours he was by my side walking me through the legal process, putting me in relative ease. As the process continued, Mr. Keller kept me informed and always took calls as needed. He put together the best defense he could and the outcome was tremendously more positive than I could have expected. Quite candidly, he saved my career. A few years later, Mr. Keller's services were once needed again, this time helping me to successfully Judicially Seal my court records. His tireless work ethic and commitment to his clients even required some documents to be generated on a weekend - not skipping a beat, he exceeded expectations and delivered as promised. I was lucky to have Mr. Keller's experience, genuineness and professionalism during this difficult time. If you or others are in need of defense and don't want just a fly-by-night lawyer, I'd strongly recommend reaching out to the Law Offices of Max Keller. I'm confident your experience or that of your loved one will be equally positive.
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Posted by steve | March 23, 2014
Great outcome!
After meeting with several different lawyers I hired Max to handle my DWI. He was very professional and did a good job of working hard for me. He was able to get the judge to dismiss my DWI with a motion he filed and I only had a pay a fine for an equipment violation. I would recommend him to anyone as he will work hard for you and go above an beyond the call of duty.
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Posted by CMM | August 18, 2012
Savior from the Neighbor From Hell Criminal Defense
I have the ultimate neighbor from HELL!!! I am also an alcoholic and managed to get myself charged with a felony because when what would otherwise be two consecutive petty misdemeanors occur with the same person it can be charged as a felony. Granted, an attorney can only defend the best he/she can with the circumstances he/she has to work with and how well the defendant co-operates, yet to my surprise, Max managed to get my case resolved as a misdemeanor conviction, since I completed alcohol treatment at Max/Nick's direction and I otherwise don't have a criminal career pattern. Max has a superb support team with attorney in training, Nick Wanka, and office manager Shaleen, who have gone over and above the call of duty, including to my surprise, acting as third party interface for co-ordination of sensitive matters that might compromise my probation during the case resolution aftermath. All in all, I can't think of a better option than Max and team.
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Posted by Jacqueline | June 26, 2012
My case was somewhat unusual. I trusted his knowledge and paid off. I would reccomend him in a heartbeat.
Posted by Mary | August 23, 2011
Max Keller Won My Case!!
I wish to state that Max Keller did an excellent job with my defense. The truly remarkable aspect to the whole experience was that Mr. Keller was a superb listener who allowed me to be completely engaged in the total process. I think that this unique skill is what won my case. I also appreciate Mr. Keller's concerns for my personal welfare and situation. He expressed himself in a subtle and professional manner when delicate conversations arose however I could tell that he was genuinely speaking from the heart. I thank Mr Keller for his honestly and forthrightness even when he knew that the conversation would be difficult. Mr Keller is an excellent attorney and person who I will recommend to all persons in need of an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2011
Max Keller, hands down most professional and dedicated lawyer.
Immediately after hiring Mr. Keller as my legal representation, I knew I had found the best and most professional lawyer in the state of Minnesota. Mr. Keller was straight to the point and extremely truthful with every question I had. He was fully dedicated to my case and I don't think I could have had a more positive outcome. I would fully recommend Mr. Keller if you are in need of legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2011
Defense Attorney
Over the past year Max took a personal interest in helping me understand and respond to charges filed on behalf of the State. This was new territory for me, and Max did a great job of explaining the different steps, and intentions of the prosecution throughout the process. I communicated frequently with Max, and he helped put me at ease during a very difficult time in my life. I met with other Defense Attorney's and they didn't take the time to understand the intricacies of my case. This often resulted in recommendations to spend resources on unneeded expenses. Max was more than available to answer questions, and walk me though each step of the legal process. I'm glad I didn't take their advice. Max is willing to stand by your side and forge ahead. He's a winner, and will do what it takes to achieve the best outcome; I know he did my case.
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2010
Max is a winner! - He achieved a great outcome for me and I am sure he can for you as well...
Max is not your "run of the mill" flat fee defense attorney. He took a personal interest in helping me, well beyond what probably made economic sense for him. Clearly, he is a winner and will do whatever it takes to achieve the best outcomes for his clients. His experience and frequent communication put me at ease during an anomaly situation and very difficult time in my life. He was more than available to answer questions and to walk me through every step of the legal/judicial process. And he was successful in achieving a great outcome for me! I would use Max again and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a high value (you get way more than you pay for), tough fighting, and heck of a nice guy defense attorney.
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Posted by Chace | September 22, 2008
Professional and Personable
Max handled my case like it was his only one on his schedule. I could reach him easily through email or by phone. He always kept me up to date and I came out with the outcome I wanted.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner/Owner
  • Keller Law Offices
  • 2003 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Public Defender's Office
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Attorney General of Minnesota
  • 1998 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
  • Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • 1997 - 1998
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  • American University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Carleton College
  • B.A.
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Acquittal in Ramsey Co. Domestic Assault Trial
  • Acquitted on all counts
  • State v. McCauley
  • as a result of appeal, felony statute declared unconstitutional and 2 felony convictions thrown out
  • Acquittal at Trial on Domestic Assault/No Contact Order Violation
  • Acquitted of all charges
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  • MInn. State. Bar Assoc.
  • Criminal Law Section Council
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Legislative Comte.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • MN Bar Assoc., Crim. Law Sec.
  • Vice Chair
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • MN Bar Assoc., Crim. Law Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Minnesota State Bar Assoc., Criminal Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • Vice President
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2002
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2001
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  • Minn. DWI Deskbook
  • Implied Consent Update
  • 2012
  • Minn. DWI Deskbook
  • Implied Consent Update
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Ramsey County Bar Association Lunch CLE
  • DWI Forfeitures
  • 2014
  • DWI Case Law Update by RCBA
  • McNeely Warrantless Breath Testing Issues after Barnard
  • 2014
  • McNeely Update CLE
  • How to Appeal a Criminal Case and McNeely issues
  • 2013
  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • Use of Prior Convictions and Bad Acts in Domestic Assault and Violation of OFP Cases
  • 2011
  • MSCJ Annual CLE Seminar
  • Criminal Law Legislative Update 2010
  • 2010
  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • Peace Officers Certificate Errors as a Defense After Reversals in Appellate Courts
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (23)
Endorse Max
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Max Keller is the a super great attorney and super great guy and I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Max Keller is well respected by judges, attorneys, court staff and professional colleagues. He has earned an excellent reputation as a smart, well-prepared and effective attorney. I have known Max a long time, and I would gladly refer to him with confidence that he would do an outstanding job."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Max. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Max has taught the defense bar around him a great deal regarding DWI law from arrest through appeal, and his clients, colleagues, and the state are better for it."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Max is always prepared for his court appearances and is knowledgeable on a wide range of criminal matters. He explains the legal process to clients in a manner that is easy to understand and is always available to talk with his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Keller is a well respected Minnesota Defense Attorney"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Mr. Keller. I have known Max for several years and he is a well respected and knowledgeable attorney. He fights hard and is a zealous advocate for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Keller is hands down one of the best DWI/DUI attorneys in Minnesota. He brings a creativity and dedication to his cases that is unsurpassed in the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Max Keller is an excellent criminal defense attorney in Minnesota. He is dedicated, hardworking and respected by his peers for his excellent work and victories. I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Keller."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Keller is one of the best Criminal Defense attorneys in his state. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. If I needed a criminal defense attorney Attorney Keller would be my first call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Max on a number of cases and have seen him pull a rabbit out of the hat more than once. He's probably the brightest criminal defense lawyer I've met. He knows the law, the case law, the rules and if there is an angle, Max will find it. I also know he treats his clients fairly, doesn't overcharge and truly cares about them. If you are in the Minneapolis area and need a great criminal defense lawyer, you've found him, hire Max and you can stop worrying."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I fought against Mr. Keller when he was an Assistant Attorney General. He was also a Clerk of the Court of Appeals. He is always prepared, and will turn over every stone to find his client the best possible result. He stays current on cutting edge changes in the law, and uses novel strategies others do not think of. I refer cases to him when I feel I am out of my depth. He is fair about fees, and truly cares about his clients. Jeff Ring-Defense Attorney anf former Prosecutor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Max is an experienced criminal defense attorney who provides skilled advocacy for his clients. He has worked as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, so he knows the ins and outs of the system, including how to effectively negotiate a resolution on his client's cases. Max communicates with his clients in an understandable way, so that clients can make informed choices about their case. I highly recommend Max to anyone facing criminal charges, simple or complex."
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