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Brendan Michael Kelly

Criminal defense Attorney at Omaha, NE

4.6   14 reviews
  • State Years
    Iowa - IA 10 years
    Nebraska - NE 19 years
    Colorado - CO 32 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2014
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NE
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1991
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Brendan

Learn Brendan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    From simple drug possession, armed robbery to felony murder and sex assaults. No case is to small or large in both the federal and state court system.

    33 years, 10,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    From felony violations to first time offenses, I have handled a large verity of these offenses.

    33 years, 5,000 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    We act as both the plaintiff and defendant in divorce cases. Our approach is to protect your family, children and your rights.

    33 years, 470 cases

I have been a criminal defense attorney for well over 23 years.  When I'm not in court I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids.  I am a Deacon in the Catholic Church, a Boy Scout leader and enjoy hiking, biking and Rugby.  I like to offer free legal advice to help you understand the case and normally answer my own phone.

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Fowler & Kelly Law, L.L.P.
1904 Farnam Street,
Suite 101
Omaha, NE, 68102

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4.6 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by Stephanie | September 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
Mr. Kelly went above and beyond for me and my daughter's! He saw an injustice and took care of it, not because I asked, but because it was the right thing to do!! Thank you so much!! I would highly recommend him!
Posted by Joseph | February 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI expert
Brendan Kelly found a technicality and I got probation on a DUI second. Would recommend him to my friends and anyone who needs help with a DUI case.
Posted by Donovan | October 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Refund? I wasn't expecting that!
I received the signed order and final bill. I see no errors. Thank you for your expertise in this matter and please thank your partner as well! If I need legal advice in the future, your law firm will be the one I call. Thanks again. Donovan
Posted by Sean | June 13, 2015
drug and money laundry
Thank you for your working hard .I just gave a case he said I take care your me. After two months he done the case I wish my case has probation but he did just has a fine 1000 dollars l so happy. One again thank you Brendan
Posted by Dwayne | June 13, 2015
Knowledgeable and Friendly
My very first court appearance I was very nervous and Brendan calmed me down. He helped me in a very stressful case. He's my lawyer for life.
Posted by Gil | June 6, 2015
Knowledgeable and Honest
Mr. Kelly assisted me to solve a financial institution law suit in which I was willing to settle but the financial institution wanted to get more money than I was willing to settle for. Mr. Kelly advised me on how to approach the lawsuit and kept me informed at all times on what had transpired with the case. I felt comfortable that he knew the law and was fighting for my rights during the process. Eventhough the outcome was not what I wanted, it was a matter of ensuring that my rights were protected and that the law suit would not end up costing me more than what I could pay. I would highly recommend Mr. Kelly.
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Posted by Patrick | June 4, 2015
Best defense possible. He fought for my rights!
Mr. Kelly approached my case with passion and an extensive knowledge of the law. He pointed out three strategies he could use to get my case thrown out. Beginning with an illegal search of my car. I was afraid of going to jail and kept me informed through the entire process and that made me feel a lot better. When we went to court he made the prosecutor look like a neophyte. Mr. Kelly treated the judge with courtesy and respect and had him eating out of his hand. In the end, I never ended up serving time. I've had to be defended twice before and would recommend Mr. Kelly to anyone seeking someone to fight for their rights.
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Posted by Stacy | November 27, 2013
He's the first person I would call, if I needed an experienced attorney
Mr. Kelly was incredibly helpful with my case. His knowledge and expertise helped make this very stressful time, easier to deal with. I can't thank him enough.
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2013
Open, honest and not that expensive. He fights very hard!
He talked to me and let me decide. Never had a Lawyer before and was worried. He walked me thought the process and we won full custody. Very happy!
Posted by Loren | January 25, 2011
Solid Legal Action
Mr. Kelly responded to my call personally and was able to make headway on my traffic case before other attorneys even called me back. I received prompt email and phone updates and my entire case was handled without ever having met Mr. Kelly personally. From the moment I spoke with him I knew I was dealing with a seasoned professional who could go to bat for me in a courtroom if need be. Likewise, he is very easy to talk to and a person of high integrity.
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Posted by Robert | August 24, 2010
He knows the law!
Mr. Kelly provided me with critical information that enabled me to resolve my legal situation in the best possible way. He clearly explained my options and recommended the course of action that was in my best interest. I would recommend Mr. Kelly to anyone who wants a competent, experienced criminal trial lawyer.
Posted by Sam | August 19, 2010
He is Great!
He got my case dismissed; he would be the first person I would call.
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2015
my experience
Brendan Kelly defended me twice with no problems, although he tended to be condescending, and he wasn’t the best at keeping me updated. I was very thankful for and appreciative of his services at those times. Unfortunately, I needed his services a third time. Again he tended to be condescending and non-communicative. During my last court appearance he was very rude and disrespectful. While the judge was looking through my file Mr. Kelly carried on a conversation with another attorney about some personal business totally unrelated to my case. Right after the judge made his determination Mr. Kelly turned to me and angrily said, “If this happens again I will not defend you and you will go to jail.” Mr. Kelly is certainly entitled to his opinion but the timing and manner of his comment were quite inappropriate. For this reason I would hesitate to recommend his services to anyone.
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Response from Brendan Kelly June 10, 2015
Despite repeat offenses, I was able to keep the client out of jail all three times,
Posted by Jeremy | October 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just about worthless
We paid iim 3 to 4 grand and every thing i said to the judge won me custody of my daughter that was 5 at the time and in serious danger of her mother that has severe mental problems but i went against his advice and won even though he shook his head wile i was presenting evidence of the dangers of my daughter going w her mother at the time then we hired another attorney that needed all my files and when we called for them he said he was going out of town that afternoon and he diddnt have time to get them even though several msgs were left requsting my files weeks prior then he said the only way to get he supposed that day we would have to pay him yet for our own files even after the poor representation so i do not recommend him for family cases !
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Response from Brendan Kelly October 23, 2015
This fact pattern does not match any of our clients and we have no recent clients named Jeremy. We suspect that it may be an opposing party unhappy that they lost to our client in court. We have contacted AVVO and requested that the posting be removed.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 160-220 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Fowler & Kelly Law, L.L.P.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly, P.C.
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Deputy State Public Defender
  • Colorado Public Defender
  • 1992 - 2005


  • Creighton University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Possesssion of Weapon by prior offender
  • Not Guilty all charges
  • Dui 2nd offense
  • Dismissed at motions


  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Iowa Bar - Criminal Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Iowa Bar - Family and Juvenile Law
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Clients' Choice Award
  • 2015
  • Certificate in NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Methods
  • Mountain State Accident Reconstruction & Investigations, LLC
  • 2008


Speaking Engagements

  • Elementary School Court Visit
  • Douglas County Court System
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (3)
Endorse Brendan
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I always recommend Brendan when I have a client or friend that has a criminal matter in Eastern Nebraska or Western Iowa. He fights hard and gets the best deals from prosecutors as they know he is willing and able to succeed at trial. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Kelly is one of the finest attorneys in his state. I highly recommend his legal services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer not only does this lawyer do it all, he is extremely educated and competent in the areas he advises."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brendan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who serve the avvo community as much as Mr. Kelly are few and far between. It takes passion, concern and dedication to devote so much time. You have my endorsement and kudos."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Based upon his answers to questions posted on Avvo, this lawyer has a very high level of knowledge and experience."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kelly has over 20 years of solid experience. He is praised by former clients for the work he does and endorsed with respect from other attorneys too. If you want to know how well he knows the law too, then just read some of his over 1,000 answers to questions published at or check out the success stories page on his web site. If you have a Criminal Law question, he is your answer. I highly recommend him to you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I’ve know Brendan for over 20 years both personally & professionally. Brendan is one of hardest working most thorough, detailed oriented people I've ever been privileged to work with. He takes time to educate and looks after the big picture and long term goals in a way that is refreshing and very much appreciated. He's taken time to consult with me and I was left with a clear understanding that Brendan put my interests above all while making sure we do the right thing. I can vouch for Brendan’s integrity and values and feel privileged to have consulted with him on many occasions & know I can always look to him for is advice. It's my pleasure to know and recommend Brendan Kelly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have read several of Mr. Kelly's posts on Avvo and have come to the conclusion that he demonstrates keen knowledge of the law and can be a zealous advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having worked with Brendan Kelly in the past on serious and complex criminal defense matters, I can say that Brendan is a diligent, dedicated, and innovative criminal defense lawyer. I endorse his work without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work in the area of DUI/DWI defense. As a fellow member of the National College for DUI Defense, Mr. Kelly has shown a commitment to excellence in defending citizens accused of driving under the influence. If you have been charged with a DUI-related offense, I encourage you to contact Mr. Kelly immediately."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Oklahoma folks need look no further than Brendan Michael Kelly. He get the job done. For DUI Defense cases, I endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mr. Kelly's services. He is a nationally known DWI/DUI defense attorney who is a zealous advocate for his clients."
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