Max A. Keller

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Keller Law Offices
 | Flour Exchange Building, 310 Fourth Avenue South #1130
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 952-913-1421
Fax: 866-715-7924
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2002, 2004, 2007
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Appellate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Max A. Keller is the founder and owner of Keller Law Offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A former prosecutor, Mr. Keller focuses his practice on criminal defense, representing clients in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area who have been accused of drug crimes, DWI/DUI, sex crimes, white-collar crimes and more. He has won DWI jury trials and won the first reversal of felony DWI conviction in the Minnesota Supreme Court. 

    After graduating from Carleton College, Mr. Keller earned his law degree from American University Washington College of Law. Following his graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk for three judges in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, where he conducted legal research and drafted opinions for the judges. He later served in the Office of Minnesota's Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General, prosecuting DWI cases across the state and representing state agencies including the Department of Public Safety, Driver and Vehicle Services Division, and the Office of Pipeline Safety. He entered private practice in 2003 and began using his skills to defend people accused of crimes. He is licensed to practice law in both Minnesota and Maryland state courts, as well as in Minnesota federal court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

    Mr. Keller has extensive experience in criminal defense and has brought many cases to trial. He has spoken on criminal defense topics at conferences and seminars throughout Minnesota. He has also testified before the Minnesota Legislature and the Minnesota Supreme Court on proposed legislation and proposed rules changes regarding criminal justice issues. 

    Local and state bar associations that Mr. Keller belongs to include the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Ramsey County Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is also a member of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

    Mr. Keller has served as the Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Criminal Law Section and as President and Vice President of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, an invite-only group of the top 50 criminal defense attorney in Minnesota.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 10%Appellate
    Focus Areas

    Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Sex Offenses, Appeals


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2002, 2004, 2007

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    About Max Keller

    Admitted: 1997, Minnesota

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    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Minnesota Federal Court
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
    • Chair, Criminal Law Section Council, Minnesota State Bar Assoc., 2018
    • Minnesota State Court
    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Secretary, Criminal Law Section Council, Minn. State Bar Assoc., 2014
    • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
    • State of Minnesota
    • 8th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals
    • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Member, Ramsey County Bar Association
    • President, Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, 2015

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Frequent Speaker at CLE


    • State v. Holloway, appellate court file # A16-1489.  Mr. Keller argued in Minnesota Supreme Court that denying the mistake of age defense to certain persons is unconstitutional.  , 2018
    • State v. Wertheimer:  Mr. Keller argued in the Minnesota Supreme Court and won the reversal of a felony DWI conviction based the argument that his client's conviction was not a fourth DWI in 10 years because it was actually 10 years and one day between his first DWI and his fourth DWI.  , 2009

    Educational Background:

    • Carleton College, Bachelor of Arts, 1990
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    Office Location for Max A. Keller

    Flour Exchange Building
    310 Fourth Avenue South #1130
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

    Phone: 952-913-1421

    Fax: 866-715-7924

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    Last Updated: 8/14/2020

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