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). 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 Lawyers; Kentucky Bar Association; Kentucky Justice Association; Louisville Bar Association; Women Lawyers Association; Admitted, Federal District Court, Western District of Kentucky; 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, 2014.