Kelly J. Keegan

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

Kelly J. Keegan has been lead defense counsel on hundreds 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 Vice President 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.

About Kelly Keegan

Admitted: 2006, Minnesota

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 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:

  • Minnesota Veteran's Stand Down.  Free criminal defense legal services and advice for the men and women serving our country.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Juris Doctor, 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

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Last Updated: 2/11/2019

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