Kelly J. Keegan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Keegan Law Office
 | 1622 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Phone: 651-359-9094
Fax: 612-235-3370
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (90%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Kelly J. Keegan is the founder and owner of The Law Office of Kelly Keegan LLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A highly rated, award-winning trial lawyer with more than 13 years of legal experience, Ms. Keegan devotes her practice almost exclusively to criminal law. She has achieved notable success advocating on behalf of people throughout the Twin Cities region and across the state who stand accused of serious criminal charges as well as who seek to restore their constitutional right to bear arms.

As an attorney, Ms. Keegan has earned a reputation for delivering the personalized, effective counsel and support her clients deserve during their most difficult and challenging legal situations. She is always extremely thorough when preparing her defense strategies, and she has secured numerous dismissals, acquittals and not-guilty verdicts for her clients while helping them remove their restrictions for gun ownership and seal their criminal records against public view.

Recognized for her success as well as her impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Ms. Keegan has received Superb ratings on AVVO as well as the site's Clients' Choice awards, and she has established herself as an emerging leader in her field. Along with appearing on several radio and television broadcasts, Ms. Keegan has written extensively and conducted continuing legal education seminars across her region on a variety of topics involving expungements, Second Amendment rights, DWI and other related matters.

Highly active in her legal community, Ms. Keegan is the current president of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as treasurer of the Minnesota Foundation for Criminal Justice. She is also a member of numerous local, state and national legal organizations, including the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, among others.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota, Ms. Keegan obtained her Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and she is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (90%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Super Lawyers: 2019 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018

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About Kelly Keegan

Admitted: 2006, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.keeganlawoffice.com/

Honors/Awards:

  • Super Lawyers, Minnesota Rising Star, 2012-2018
  • Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer, 2019
  • Avvo, Client Reviews Award, 2016-current
  • Avvo, 10.0 Superb Rated Attorney, 2015-current
  • Avvo, Client Reviews Award, 2018-current

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Minnesota Justice Foundation, Member, 2003-2004
  • University of Minnesota Women Law Students Association, President, 2005-2006
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Public Law Section, Executive Council Member, 2004-2005
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Misdemeanor Defense Clinic, Director, 2005-2006
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Vice President, 2018-2019
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Legislative Committee Chair, 2009-2017
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Secretary, 2016-2017
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Treasurer, 2017-2018
  • Minnesota Foundation for Criminal Justice, Treasurer, 2018-current
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 2019-2020
  • United States Federal Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota
  • Ethics Investigator, 21st District Ethics Committee. 2008- 2013; Member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 2007-; Executive Committee Member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016-; Board Member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 2009-; Member, Minnesota State Bar Association. 2004-; Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 2007-; Member, Hennepin County Bar Association. 2004-2007, 2018-; Member, Anoka County Bar Association Member. 2012-2018; Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers. 2005-2012; Member, National Association of Women Lawyers. 2006-; Member, University of Minnesota Alumni Association. 2000-2003, 2006-2013; Member, American Bar Association. 2005-2009, 2016-2018.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • MACV Minneapolis Veterans StandDown, Volunteer, 2007-current
  • Minnesota Veteran's Stand Down.  Free criminal defense legal services and advice for the men and women serving our country.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Ninth Judicial District Spring Training, Ninth District Public Defenders, 2018
  • Expungement Case Law Update – New Appellate Court Decisions, 2012 Annual Meeting Of The Office Of The Public Defender Seventh Judicial District, 2012
  • The New Expungement Law, Anoka County Bar Association, 2014
  • The New Expungement Law, Anoka County Bar Association, 2014
  • Gun Rights Restoration, Dakota County Law Librarians CLE Series, 2017
  • Co-presented with an employment lawyer about the intersection of criminal history background checks in the employment context., Presenter, When Crime Doesn't Get You Pay: What Criminal and Employment Lawyers Need to Know, MinnLaw CLE, Legal:Civil and Criminal, 2018
  • DWI: What You Need to Know, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2018
  • Expunging Criminal Records and Background Checks, Federal Bar Association and MyLawCLE, 2018
  • Taking a Second Look at the Second Amendment, 2018 Minnesota State Bar Association Convention, 2018
  • Gun Law: Acquiring, Handling & Transferring Firearms in Minnesota, MinnCLE, 2018
  • Profile on Katherian Roe, Federal Defender for the District of Minnesota, Federal Bar Talk Magazine, 2018
  • Women in the Law, Attorney At Law Magazine, 2018
  • Spoke to the Hennepin County Public Defenders about criminal expungement., Presenter, Criminal Expungement, Fourth Judicial District Public Defenders, Legal, 2017
  • Speaker/Presenter, Minnesota's New Expungement Law, Minnesota Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), 2015
  • Spoke to the public defenders in Minnesota's Ninth Judicial District regarding federal and state gun rights and restoration., Presenter, Gun Rights and Restoration, Ninth Judicial District Public Defenders, Legal, 2018
  • Presented to a national audience in Washington D.C. as a guest of the Federal Bar Association. Spoke on expungement, criminal history background checks, and federal gun rights., Presenter, Cleaning Up Criminal Records and Gun Rights Restoration, Federal Bar Association, Legal:Civil and Criminal, 2018
  • Presented on the latest legal updates in the practice area of gun law. , Presenter, Gun Rights and Restoration, Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, Legal, 2018
  • Presented on the basics of DWI Law for non-criminal practitioners or new attorneys., Presenter, DWI Law: What You Need To Know and How Document Assembly Can Help You, Minnesota State Bar Association, Legal, 2018
  • Presented as part of the Minnesota State Bar Association Convention., Presenter, Gun Rights and Restoration, Minnesota State Bar Association, Legal, 2018
  • Organized a day-long seminar on gun law and presented on gun rights and restoration. , Co-Chair of the Seminar and Presenter, Gun Law - Acquiring, Handling, and Transferring Firearms in Minnesota, MinnLaw CLE, Legal:Civil and Criminal, 2018
  • Speaker/Presenter, Gun Rights Restoration, Dakota County Law Librarians CLE Series, 2017
  • Expungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H., Speaker/Presenter, Anoka County Bar Association, 2011
  • Speaker/Presenter, The New Expungement Law, Seventh Judicial District Law Clerks, 2015
  • Forfeiture reform legislation, Testimony, Minnesota House Of Representatives Civil Law Committee, 2013
  • Speaker/Presenter, The New Expungement Law: How It's Working, The 50th Annual Criminal Justice Institute, 2015
  • Speaker/Presenter, The New Expungement Law, Dakota County Bar Association, 2016
  • Legislative Update, Speaker/Presenter, 2012 Annual Meeting Of The Office Of The Public Defender Seventh Judicial District, 2012
  • Speaker/Presenter, Gun Law: Gun Rights Restoration, Minnesota CLE, 2016
  • Finally, A Second Chance: Minnesota's New Expungement Law, Author, Minnesota Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers Challenger Magazine, 2014
  • Speaker/Presenter, The Evolution of Expungements, Minnesota Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers Duluth CLE, 2016
  • Expungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H., Speaker/Presenter, The 46th Annual Criminal Justice Institute, 2011
  • Speaker/Presenter, Minnesota's New Expungement Law, Minnesota Society For Criminal Justice, 2016
  • The Science and Forensics of the Intoxilyzer 5000EN, Speaker/Presenter, Alexandria MN, Minnesota Public Defender Roadshow, 2009
  • Speaker/Presenter, Criminal Records and Federal Gun Rights, Florida, MyLaw CLE, Orlando, 2016
  • Expungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v S.L.H., Speaker/Presenter, Criminal Law Section, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2009
  • Author, Expungement's Shades of Gray, Bench & Bar Of Minnesota, 2016
  • Driving After Withdrawal - Collateral Consequences, Testimony, Minnesota House Of Representatives Public Safety Policy And Oversight Committee, 2009
  • Expungement law reform, Testimony, Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee, 2009
  • Expungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H., Speaker/Presenter, The 45th Annual Criminal Justice Institute, 2010
  • Expungement, Speaker/Presenter, Thomson Reuters Corporate Campus, 2010
  • Expungement, Guest, Ramsey County Suburban Cable TV, "One And The Same" Hosted By Judge Gary Bastian And Judge Judith Tilsen, 2010
  • Expungement Case Law Update - New Appellate Court Decisions, Speaker/Presenter, The 47th Annual Criminal Justice Institute, 2012
  • Firearms Rights and Restoration, Speaker/Presenter, Minnesota CLE Webinar, 2013
  • Firearms Rights and Restoration, Speaker/Presenter, The 48th Annual Criminal Justice Institute, 2013
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' 2013 Legislative Agenda, Guest, 950 AM Radio, The Jack Rice Show, 2013
  • Panel Speakers Symposium on Expungement, Guest Speaker, William Mitchell Law School, 2013
  • When Crime Doesn't Get You Pay: Employment, Criminal Records and Expungement, Speaker/Presenter, Criminal Law Section, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2014
  • Expungement reform legislation: House File 2576, Testimony, Minnesota State Senate Judiciary Committee, 2014
  • Gun Rights and Restoration, Speaker/Presenter, Tenth Judicial District Law Clerks CLE (Wright County), 2014
  • Expungement: Fashioning a Meaningful Remedy After State v. S.L.H., Minnesota Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), 2014
  • Guest, Quad Cities Community Television, "The District Court Show" Hosted By Judge Stephen Halsey And Judge Elizabeth Strand, 2014
  • Civil Landmines of Your Criminal Case: Collateral Consequences, Speaker/Presenter, Criminal Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014
  • Minnesota's New Expungement Law, Speaker/Presenter, Minnesota CLE Webinar, 2014
  • Minnesota's New Expungement Law, Speaker/Presenter, Minnesota Society For Criminal Justice (MSCJ), 2014
  • The New Expungement Law: What Attorneys Need to Know, Speaker/Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014
  • Speaker/Presenter, The New Expungment Law, Anoka County Bar Association, 2014
  • Speaker/Presenter, The Intersection of Expungement and Employment Law, Minnesota CLE, 2015
  • Speaker/Presenter, Crimnal Records, Data Harvesters, and Expungement, MyLaw CLE, Orlando Florida, 2015
  • Speaker/Presenter, Firearms Prohibitions and the Restoration of Rights, Seventh And Eighth Judicial Districts, 2015

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts – Sociology of Law, Crime and Deviance, magna cum laude, University of Minnesota

Industry Groups

  • Minnesota Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Office Location for Kelly J. Keegan

1622 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Phone: 651-359-9094

Fax: 612-235-3370

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Last Updated: 2/19/2019

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