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A Legacy Of Service In Minnesota

A Closer Look

  • HOMETOWN: Menahga, Minnesota
  • FAMILY: Husband, three sons, a daughter and an English Bulldog named Elvis
  • FAVORITE PLACE VISITED: Italy, and her hometown
  • FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Being with family, baking, and exercising
  • WHAT I ENJOY ABOUT LAW: Writing legal arguments and strategizing for trial.
  • MY APPROACH: My clients can expect me to always be prepared. If I don’t know the answer to a legal question, I will tell them I don’t know and then will find the answer.


Kjellberg-Nelson was named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list in 2020 & 2021 by Thomson Reuters and was previously named a Rising Star in 2017 - 2019. She has also received the Deb Oberlander Award from the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association in 2013 for her leadership, professionalism, skills, and advocacy in the practice of law.

Kjellberg-Nelson practices in the area of civil litigation, with a focus on employment and governmental liability. She joined Quinlivan & Hughes in June 2008 as a law clerk before being admitted to the Minnesota Bar in October 2009 and becoming an associate of the firm in January 2010. She is active with the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association where she recently ended a term on their Board of Directors. In January 2018, she was elected a shareholder of the firm.

Kjellberg-Nelson attended the University of St. Thomas School of Law and Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota



  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2009
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Concordia College
    • B.A. - 2005
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: English
    • Major: Business

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2009
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2019

Professional Associations

  • DRI
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2017 - 2021
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Vice-Chair New Defense Lawyers Committee, 2011 - 2012
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Co-Chair New Defense Lawyers Committee, 2012 - 2013
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Membership Committee, 2016 - Present
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Association, Central Chapter Liaison, 2012 – 2013
  • Seventh Judicial District Bar Association
  • Stearns / Benton County Bar Association