Katie Kelley, the latest addition to the NZB family law team, was admitted to the Minnesota bar in October 2017. She completed her first two years of law school at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. While in Chicago, she was a legal intern on the domestic violence team at Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services. She worked extensively with victim-survivors of domestic violence, many of whom were exclusively Spanish-speaking, to help them through the legal processes of obtaining orders for protection and divorce. Katie and her husband moved back to Minnesota in the summer of 2016. She then clerked at a small immigration law firm in Minneapolis, where she again assisted many Spanish-speaking clients. Although she graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May 2017, she finished her third year of law school at the University of Minnesota Law School as a visiting student. Katie is very interested in the intersections of family, international, and human rights law. She came in to meet with Nancy to learn more about international family law soon after getting sworn in to the bar, and she’s been around ever since! She feels grateful to have landed at a place where she is surrounded by so much experience.
Katie takes an empathetic, caring approach to her clients’ cases. She is very pragmatic and enjoys coming up with innovative solutions to try to reach cost-effective and time-efficient settlements for her clients without the need for unnecessary court action. However, if going to court is inevitable, Katie is able to switch gears to thoroughly advocate for her clients. Katie has spent almost a year volunteering as a pro bono attorney for the Tubman organization here in Minneapolis in addition to her private practice. It is important to her that as many people as possible have access to the legal system, regardless of their current economic position. Katie’s interests include traveling, reading, and staying up to date on current political issues. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time outdoors with her husband and their dog, Vida.