Honest. Dedicated. Experienced.

Faulkner Kaelin Law Office was founded in 2011 by Karen Faulkner  and Julie Kaelin, who are committed to providing honest, dedicated, and experienced legal representation. Karen and Julie met in 2002 at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and became fast friends. In 2003, they traveled to Gonzaga University’s summer law program in Florence, Italy, and studied international human and women’s rights. Both thereafter served as leaders in the International Law Society, the Student Bar Association, and other organizations. After law school, Julie and Karen worked as staff attorneys  at the renowned Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office, where they found success both in and out of the courtroom. Appearing in nearly every court in Jefferson County and representing thousands of clients, they gained invaluable experience, an incredible zeal for criminal defense, and a true connection with their clients, all of which has carried over into their private practice. They are eager to get to work fighting for you or your loved one.


“In seeking a lawyer, you are looking for an advocate, an expert advisor on the law and on your rights and responsibilities, a strategist, a negotiator, and a litigator.”

– Laura Wasser

Karen Faulkner, Attorney

attorney-karenfaulkner-photoWith a reputation as a dynamic personality, Karen Faulkner has spent her career fighting for her clients. As an attorney with the office of the  Louisville Metro Public Defender, Karen represented clients charged with nearly every crime in the penal code. She has particular knowledge and expertise in the area of juvenile criminal defense, and in that capacity she has served as lead counsel on more than a dozen trials.

A graduate of the University of Louisville, Karen hails from Lexington, Kentucky, but has called Louisville home since 1998. As a student at the Brandeis School of Law, Karen served on the Student Bar Association, led the International Law Society and was a member of  Delta Theta Phi  She completed an externship at the  Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and spent time in public service as a family court advocate for the Center for Women & Families.

After law school, Karen went back to public service as a  public defender, where she would spend six years in the juvenile and adult divisions of the office. That experience includes more than a dozen jury and bench trials in Jefferson County Circuit and District Courts.

In 2014, Karen ran for the office of Jefferson County Attorney. Even though she had never before run for a political office, she came extremely close to beating a longtime incumbent who has held public office for decades. In 2018, she will be running for a seat on the Jefferson County District Court bench.

In the meantime, Karen continues her work representing those charged with all levels of criminal offenses, as well as providing outstanding services in family courts. Karen is known as a strong and compelling lawyer who does whatever it takes to ensure her client’s rights are protected and that they are heard.

Memberships & Awards

Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense LawyersKentucky Bar AssociationKentucky Justice AssociationDelta Theta Phi Law FraternityLouisville Bar Association; Voted one of Louisville Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” in the area of Juvenile Law, 2012 – 2014; Women Lawyers Association; Walker Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, 2010; Walker Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, 2009; Excellence in Advocacy Award for Juvenile Advocacy, 2008; Barrister Member, Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, 2011 – 2014.

Julie Kaelin, Attorney

attorney-juliekaelin-photoLouisville 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, 2002-2004Barrister 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.