Born and raised in the Calgary area, Kelsey completed her Bachelor of Arts at St. Francis Xavier University, majoring in Political Science and graduating with First-Class Honours. In 2007, Kelsey obtained her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, finishing in the top ten percent of her graduating class. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Jack Pinkofsky Prize in Criminal Law, as well as the Judith Wahl Prize in Law and Psychiatry.
While at Osgoode, Kelsey participated in the Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP), providing free representation to low-income individuals charged with criminal offences. During her second year of law school, Kelsey became a division leader in the Criminal and Womens' Divisions.
In August 2007, Kelsey began her articles of clerkship with the prestigious Toronto criminal defence firm of Greenspan Partners, under the supervision of Edward ("Eddie") Greenspan, Q.C. Upon her call to the Bar of Ontario in 2008, Kelsey was hired as an associate and continued to work for Mr. Greenspan until her departure from Toronto in June 2009. While at Greenspan Partners, Kelsey had the opportunity to work on many complex and high-profile matters, including the Livent fraud trial.
In Calgary, Kelsey has both a trial and appellate legal practice. Kelsey defends clients charged with everything from theft to murder. Although the range of her practice is broad, Kelsey has developed particular skill in representing individuals whose cases arise from complex police investigations (such as fraud, drug and organized crime matters).
Kelsey is proud of her reputation as a tireless defence attorney who is always knowledgeable, well-prepared and creative in her defence of her clients.
Professional Memberships: Law Society of Alberta; Canadian Bar Association; Criminal Lawyers' Association; Criminal Trial Lawyers' Association; Calgary Bar Association; Criminal Defence Lawyers Association
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