Patrick J. Kelly

Patrick J. Kelly is President at Kelly & Lemmons. He has practiced law for over 40 years. Mr. Kelly obtained his juris doctor degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1975. Mr. Kelly attended National University of Ireland, with honors, and graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971. Mr. Kelly is licensed to practice before all Minnesota and Wisconsin courts, Federal District Courts in both states, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

From 1986 through present, Mr. Kelly has devoted approximately 60% of his work to municipal law. Mr. Kelly’s current representation of municipal entities includes Gem Lake, Little Canada, North Oaks and Taylors Falls, in addition to the Townships of White Bear and Eureka.

Mr. Kelly is aware of the importance of well balanced, orderly, affordable and high quality attractive community development. Mr. Kelly, through his prior and current clients, has extensive experience in land use planning, property development, eminent domain issues, condemnation issues and acquiring properties for community projects such as parks, community centers, and public improvements. Mr. Kelly has a strong relationship with financial institutions and recognizes the importance of economic vitality in the community.

Mr Kelly’s general counsel practice has included development of employment policies, employee seminars, labor negotiations, general advisory assistance, civil service commissions, and frequent lectures on ethics, sexual harassment and discrimination.

Mr. Kelly has served as Assistant Corporate Counsel and Prosecutor to the City of New Brighton, Assistant Prosecutor to the City of White Bear Lake, and he was the City Attorney for the City of Maplewood for over 30 years. In addition, he was Special Counsel to the City of Osseo on eminent domain matters, and was Special Counsel to the City of St. Croix Falls in connection with the Chisago Project and Northern States Power’s (Xcel) power line matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Development
  • Zoning
  • Eminent Domain
  • Condemnation
  • Administrative Law – Hearings and Arbitrations
  • Non Profit Corporations
  • Employment Law — Employee
  • Employment Law — Employer
  • Municipal Liability
  • Municipal Employment — Employer

Litigation Percentage

  • 35% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Federal Courts


  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
    • J.D. – 1975
    • Law Review: Creighton University Law Review, 1974 – 1975
  • National University of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • B.A. – 1971

Representative Clients

  • Gem Lake
  • Minnesota State High School League
  • Minnesota Teamsters Local 320
  • Town of White Bear
  • City of Taylors Falls
  • Teamsters Local 1145
  • City of Little Canada
  • Finn Company
  • Town of Eureka
  • City of North Oaks


  • National Speaker, Land Use, Ethics, and Gender Equity

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Chicago Tribune Award
  • Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ramsey County Bar Association, President, 2002 – 2004
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Chair, Ethics Committee
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, President, 2006 – 2007


  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Alpha Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Psi

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