Patrick J. Kelly


Patrick has represented both individual and business clients in a variety of matters for over two decades. He finds innovative solutions to complex problems and prides himself on doing so in an efficient and cost-effective manner. During his career he has accumulated the experience and judgment to skillfully advise his clients accounting for their business needs as well as their potential legal risk.



Patrick uses his extensive construction litigation experience to advise clients about ways to either avoid litigation, or when that is not possible, to put them in the best position to more quickly obtain a successful outcome. His work in the construction industry includes construction defect litigation as well as defending claims for construction site injuries. He also prepares, files and forecloses mechanics’ liens, and represents clients in the restoration industry in a variety of cases. As part of his experience, he has tried over twenty cases to a jury, and has tried many others to Judges throughout Minnesota. Through his trial work, he has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in contract fees as well as litigation costs and attorneys’ fees. He does what he can to avoid trial but recognizes when trial is necessary and leaves no stone unturned when preparing to represent his clients. His experience includes practicing in Minnesota State and Federal Courts, in addition to Bankruptcy court. He has also successfully represented clients in the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court.


In addition to his litigation experience, he has assisted in the formation and transfer of small and medium sized businesses, including asset transfer agreements, preparation of Article of Incorporation/Organization and partnership agreements. He has helped clients purchase and begin operation of businesses from barbershops to auto mechanic shops as well as real estate developers and contractors. He has represented clients with difficult real estate issues and assisted in the removal of problematic tenants. In each case, he listens to his client’s vision for their enterprise and designs a plan so his clients can achieve that goal.


Patrick believes that successful representation of his clients begins with strong communication which requires – first and foremost – listening to and understanding their concerns. Once he understands the client’s issue, he works with them to develop a strategy to address and overcome those problems. He understands that frequent communication that clearly and concisely informs his clients of developments in their matter is crucial for achieving their initial goal. He works hard, bills fairly and uses his experience to provide key insights for his clients’ situations.


Patrick is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association, the Ramsey County Bar Association and its Construction Law and Real Estate Law Sections. He is a member of the Minnesota Propane Association. He is also active in Scouts BSA and serves as Scoutmaster for a Troop in Saint Paul. He and his family often participate in a variety of activities to assist the less fortunate, including assisting with a large-scale study of Minnesota’s homeless population and volunteering with other programs to assist the homeless.

Patrick has been nominated for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota State Courts
  • Federal Court for District of Minnesota


  • Hamline University School of Law, 1994
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1989


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