Louisville native Julie Kaelin has been practicing law in Jefferson and its surrounding counties since 2005. A graduate of the University of Louisville Arts and Sciences and Law Schools, Julie is a proud Cards fan (her dad even played football for them), and she considers herself a Louisvillian through and through.
She has served as lead counsel on more than a dozen Circuit Court jury trials, as well as many District Court jury trials. She has also represented those facing the death penalty. Julie has taught as an adjunct professor of Trial Practice at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and was a speaker at the 2011 and 2017 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Conventions, both times on issues related to criminal law.
Julie has become especially experienced in the areas of sex crimes, violent felonies, expungements, and federal criminal defense. Along with her private practice of criminal defense and domestic violence cases, she serves as a Criminal Justice Act Panel attorney for the United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky, as well as continuing to represent indigent defendants as needed for the Department of Public Advocacy. Her win-loss record in EPO/IPO cases currently stands at 18 – 2.
She is known as a fierce and tough lawyer, but one who maintains a congenial relationship with her peers while ensuring that what matters most – her client’s interests – are never sacrificed. She is a respected advocate in Kentucky, and her reputation as someone who does not back down is well-earned. You can read client reviews here.
Memberships & Awards
Board Member, Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL); Member, Kentucky Bar Association; Admitted, Federal District Courts – Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky, Southern District of Indiana; Carl Mann Academic Scholarship, Brandeis School of Law, 2002-2004; Barrister Member, Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, 2011-2014; Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyer” award; Graduate, National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia, 2014; “Distinguished Service Award, KACDL, 2016.