Kelly has focused his litigation practice in the areas of complex commercial and banking litigation, including representing parties in cases involving contracts, business torts, shareholder rights, products liability, and a wide range of real estate matters.
As a skilled litigator, Kelly’s attention to detail and dedication to representing the best interests of his clients is second to none. His belief in hard work and zealously representing his clients has consistently led to favorable results. He has been nominated by his peers and recognized by Super Lawyer magazine as a Rising Star in Minnesota, one of the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys. Kelly prides himself on creative thinking and application of the law and practices with genuine care for achieving the best results for his clients.
He has successfully defended numerous financial institutions against allegations of lender liability, fraud, and Truth In Lending Act violations. Kelly has extensive experience representing financial institutions in suits to recover monies from personal guarantors, as well as foreclosure by action lawsuits to recover monies from borrowers and guarantors where the underlying indebtedness is greater than the value of the collateral.
A good example of Kelly’s skill and commitment to his work is his representation of a creditor through many years of litigation against a group of companies and individuals who were intent on avoiding their financial obligations owed to Kelly’s client. Through Kelly’s efforts to discover fraudulent transfers and corporate name changes, Kelly’s client asserted a successor liability claim against a newly formed company and a fraud claim against the individuals responsible for creating the new company. The case settled days before trial on terms favorable to Kelly’s client.
In addition, Kelly has successfully represented both employers and employees in cases involving non-compete agreements and the Uniform Trade Secret Act.
A native of Hastings, Minnesota, Kelly received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he received Dean’s List honors each semester. He has an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of St. Thomas. Kelly is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
In his free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, two of whom are identical twins. He also enjoys golfing, hunting, and playing hockey with his friends.
- Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2015-2018
- Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010-2014