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Brett D. Kelley

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Practice Areas:

  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Law
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Administrative Law
  • Professional License Defense


Brett is a partner at Kelley Wolter. Brett has significant legal and military leadership experience, which enables him to lead many of the firm's largest and most complex litigation matters and investigations. Brett represents clients in high-stakes civil litigation, white-collar crime, criminal investigations, health care fraud, regulatory compliance matters, government enforcement actions, banking law, reputational defense, and appellate law. Brett has been recognized by Minnesota Lawyer as a Minnesota Attorney of the Year and Up and Coming Attorney.


  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • Minnesota Supreme Court

Judicial Clerkship

  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Regina M. Chu, Hennepin County District Court (Minneapolis)


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2015
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
    • B.A. - 2007
  • New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico
    • A.A. - 2004

Professional Associations & Community Involvement

  • Member, Education Committee, Federal Bar Association for the District of Minnesota
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota Associational Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Mentor, Mentor Externship Program, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • U.S. Army Ranger Association


  • Minnesota Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer
  • Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers

Current Employment Position

  • Partner


  • 100%

Representative Cases

  • The Ninetieth Minnesota State Senate v. Dayton, 903 N.W.2d 609, 2017, Minn.


  • English


Brett is an avid pheasant hunter and you will often find him at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club when he can’t get to South Dakota. Brett also enjoys training his hunting dog, shooting sporting clays, ice climbing, scuba diving, backpacking, and fishing.