Kelly A. Staples

  • Solo Practitioner


Inver Grove Heights, MN





I am a family law attorney representing clients throughout the Twin Cities Metro area in all matters related to or arising out of a divorce or paternity matter.  Before entering private practice, I spent four years clerking for a judge in Minnesota's First Judicial District.  As a clerk, I saw how judges evaluated arguments and evidence and learned the techniques and strategies that are most effective in legal proceedings.  As a result, I take a realistic and straightforward approach with my clients and with the court.  I will not set any false expectations with my clients and will not make unrealistic demands in legal proceedings.  I have successfully represented clients in various types of family law proceedings, but the focus of my practice is on helping fathers protect and assert their rights in child custody and parenting time matters.  I have over ten years of experience working closely with clients to satisfactorily resolve their individual and family legal issues through both mediated settlement and litigation.  I pride myself on developing and maintaining a mutual trust and respect with my clients and I work very hard to make sure that every case I take on receives the time and attention it deserves.

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Custody and Visitation
  • Paternity
  • Child Support
  • Domestic Abuse Orders for Protection

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2003


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D.
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Speech Communications
    • Minor: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 2003 to Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Section, 2008 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • State of Minnesota, 1st Judicial District, Judicial Law Clerk, 2003 to 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Assistance of Dakota County - Volunteer Attorney, 2008 to Present

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