Honest. Dedicated. Experienced.

The 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 Florence, Italy law school site, and studied international law for the summer. 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, where they found notable 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 and an incredible zeal for criminal defense, which has carried over I to their private practice. They are eager to get to work fighting for YOU!

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 her free time, she can be seen in various theaters around Louisville. Both on stage and in the courtroom, Karen’s presence can not be ignored.

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). As a Louisville Metro Public Defender, Julie handled criminal cases in Jefferson County for four years, representing individuals charged with everything from Driving Under the Influence to Murder. She has served as lead counsel on more than a dozen Circuit Court jury trials, as well as multiple District Court jury trials. She is an adjunct professor of Trial Practice at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and was a speaker at the 2011 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention.

While in law school, Julie served as a leader in the International Law Society, the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the Student Bar Association, as well as being a member of the Journal of Law & Education. She completed an externship at the Louisville office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, and clerked in various positions, from a small plaintiff’s personal injury firm to one of Louisville’s largest corporations, Hillerich & Bradsby Co.

After law school, Julie worked in civil litigation, before the lure of the courtroom drew her to the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s office. The breadth of experience gained in that position and in private practice has provided Julie with a vast knowledge of criminal law as well as a continuing passion for defense and trial practice. Now also practicing family and other areas of law, Julie has applied her fierce advocacy to every case she takes, and never stops fighting for her clients.

Memberships & Awards

Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense LawyersKentucky Bar AssociationKentucky Justice AssociationLouisville Bar Association; Women Lawyers Association; Admitted, Federal District Court, Western District of Kentucky; 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, 2014.