Attorneys & Staff

Attorneys & Staff

Mark D. Kelly


Mark D. Kelly Criminal Defense Lawyer
Minnesota State Bar AssociationRamsey County Bar Association LogoMN association of criminal defense attorneys

Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney MARK D. KELLY has successfully represented clients involved in the justice system for 30 years. A skilled and competent Minnesota lawyer, Mr. Kelly represents individuals in both state and federal court, as well as the Minnesota Court of Appeals.


  • Minnesota Bar, 1987;
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2000


  • Hamline University School of Law, Juris Doctor 1987;
  • St. Cloud State University, B.A. Criminal Justice/ Philosophy of Law, 1984

Sawyer M. Shepard


Law Clerk and law student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Sawyer M. Shepard re-joined Mark D. Kelly Criminal Defense in May 2022 as a Paralegal / Law Clerk (he previously worked for our office as a legal intern in 2020). Sawyer graduated Summa Cum Laude in Philosophy and Economics from Lake Forest College in 2021. After graduating from Lake Forest,

Sawyer worked for a corporate law firm in Chicago, Illinois, gaining valuable experience in tax, real estate and business law. Sawyer began law school in the Fall of 2023 and looks forward to pursuing a career in criminal defense. In his free time, Sawyer enjoys hockey, traveling, and spending time with his two dogs.

Jonah Martinez, Legal Intern


Jonah joined the firm in October 2023 after graduating from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2023 with degrees in Finance and Economics. Jonah's previous work experience includes an internship at an immigration law firm in Minneapolis, where he worked processing H1-B and Green Card applications, and in an economic consulting position in a major consulting firm. Jonah is also the President of People for PSEO, a Minnesota based education nonprofit which advocates for better dual enrollment education solutions. Ultimately, Jonah is passionate about using the law and public policy to improve socioeconomic equity.

Jessica, Legal Assistant

Jessica Marie joined Mark D. Kelly Criminal Defense in October 2021 as a Legal Assistant.  Jessica has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and Human Services.  Jessica's previous work experience includes working for several years as an Advocate for Victims in the Criminal Justice System, as well as an internship at the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office in 2017.  Jessica is also a Volunteer on the Public Safety Board in her community.  With her diverse education and experience, Jessica brings with her a unique perspective and knowledge of the criminal justice system and its laws, practices and procedures. 


Contact Us Today

We Look Forward to Helping you Resolve Your Issue.
Contact Us Today to Take the First Step

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.