Kelley, Wolter & Scott, P.A. Attorneys At Law

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431 S SEVENTH ST, STE 2530

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Douglas Kelley Attorney

Douglas A. Kelley

Doug Kelley is a well-respected trial attorney who has been involved in several high-profile cases. He successfully represented the plaintiff in La Société Générale Immobilière (LSGI) v. The City of Minneapolis in which a federal jury awarded $34 million to his clients for breach of a municipal development contract. Early in his career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he successfully prosecuted Deil Gustafson and Joseph Agosto in a Las Vegas Casino bank fraud deal involving the Mafia. For this effort, Mr. Kelley received the Department of Justice Meritorious Achievement Award.

Even so, many of Doug's cases are handled discretely so that his greatest achievements on behalf of clients are known only to the entities involved. Doug has successfully represented both individuals and corporations in many areas including mail, wire, bank and health care fraud; RICO; breach of contract and gaming law. He also has expertise in political campaign finance reform and fair election practices.

Most recently, Mr. Kelley has served as a court-appointed receiver charged with managing and liquidating the personal assets of Thomas J. Petters and five codefendants convicted of the largest Ponzi scheme in Minnesota history.

Career Highlights:

  • Successfully represented the Plaintiff in a breach of municipal development contract case that resulted in a $34 million federal jury award (La Société Générale Immobilière ‘LSGI’ v. The City of Minneapolis)

  • Successfully prosecuted a complex check floating scheme involving organized crime (U.S. v. Deil O. Gustafson, Joseph V. Agosto, et al)

Professional Experience:

  • Kelley, Wolter & Scott, P.A., Partner & President ~ 2005

  • Douglas A. Kelley, P.A., Managing Partner ~ 1991-2004

  • Mahoney, Walling and Kelley
    Partner and Senior Trial Attorney ~ 1989-1991

  • U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger’s Office, Chief of Staff ~ 1985-1989

  • Mauzy & Kelley, Partner ~ 1984-1985

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office - District of Minnesota
    Assistant U.S. Attorney ~ 1978-1984

  • Holmes, Eustis, Kircher & Graven, Trial Attorney ~ 1974-1978


  • University of Minnesota Law School ~ 1974, Cum Laude
    Summa Cum Laude
    Phi Betta Kappa
    President of Law Review

  • University of Minnesota ~ 1968

Military Experience :

  • U.S. Army Green Berets, Airborne Ranger in Southeast Asia, 1968 1971 

Honors & Distinctions :

  • Department of Justice Meritorious Achievement ~ 1983

  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics

  • President of the Minnesota Law Review ~ 2004

  • Elmer H. Wiblishauser Author’s Award ~ 2004

  • MN Super Lawyers 2003 2012

  • Top MN Super Lawyer 2003, 2004

Professional Activities/Community Involvement:

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, membership limited to top 1 percent of litigators

  • Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, Chair ~ 2002-2004

  • Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, Member ~ 2000-2004

  • Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection, Member ~ 1994-1998

  • University of Minnesota Economic Roundtable, Participant ~ 1997

  • Selection Panel for the new Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota, Chair ~ 2002

  • Federal Bar Association, Member

  • American Bar Association, Member

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

  • Minnesota League of Conservation Voters, Co-chair

  • Minnesota Orchestral Association, Board of Directors Member 1992-2011

  • Voyaguer Outward Bound Board of Directors member 1990-1998

  • Minnesota Audubon Council, Member

  • Trust for Public Land Board, Member ~ 2002-present

  • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy ~ 2003-present