Douglas A. Kelley

Douglas A. Kelley

Minneapolis, Minnesota
(612) 200-2866
(612) 371-0574

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.


Areas of Practice

  • White Collar Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1974


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota - 1974
    • Honors: summa cum laude
  • University of Minnesota - 1968

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review rated, Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics
  • MN Super Lawyers, 2003 - 2013
  • Department of Justice Meritorious Achievement
  • President of the Minnesota Law Review
  • Elmer H. Wiblishauser Author’s Award
  • Top MN Super Lawyer, 2003 - 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Past Employment Positions

  • Kelley, Wolter & Scott, P.A


  • Phi Beta Kappa