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 & Scott. His main practice areas include complex civil litigation, appellate law, white collar criminal defense, criminal defense, administrative law, and professional license defense. Minnesota Lawyer selected Brett as a 2017 Attorney of the Year, and an "Up and Coming" attorney in 2019.

Prior to joining the firm, Brett served as a law clerk at Hennepin County District Court and an extern at United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Brett also clerked for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office during law school. Prior to law school, Brett spent ten years in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer and is a combat veteran of Afghanistan.


  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2015
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2018


  • 2017 Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer
  • 2019 Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer
  • 2021 Best Lawyers, "Ones to Watch," Minnesota Monthly

Representative Cases

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

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Past Positions

  • Hennepin County District Court, 2015 to 2017
  • Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, 2013 to 2015
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2013
  • United States Army, 2004 to 2012


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