About Kennedy & Graven

Experienced Guidance in Local Government Issues

General Counsel • Special Counsel • Litigation

Kennedy & Graven, Chartered combines the tradition and history of two of the state’s leading law firms in the fields of local government law, public finance, and development. The attorneys of Lefler, Kennedy, O’Brien, & Drawz, P.A. (founded in 1958), joined Holmes & Graven, Chartered (founded in 1973), in 1989. We have continued to build upon this strong foundation by expanding and diversifying our representation of public and private clients.

Today, Kennedy & Graven stands as the largest Minnesota law firm that practices primarily in local government law. Our lawyers are known for their extensive backgrounds and sound guidance in municipal law, township law , school law , and public finance. We represent a large range of cities , townships , schools and private clients.

An excellent support staff that includes highly trained paralegals, secretaries, law clerks, and administrative staff complements our 35-member team of accomplished attorneys . We employ advanced technology to facilitate communication and provide our clients with effective and efficient representation. In addition to our main office in Minneapolis, we maintain offices in Saint Paul and St. Cloud to meet clients by appointment.
We believe that one foundation of our practice rests on solid relationships with our clients, some of whom we have represented since 1958. Another foundation is a commitment to excellence, personal integrity, and the highest ethical standards.

Our firm name includes late founder David Graven because of his love of being on the leading edge of the law, his great enthusiasm for public affairs, his standards for excellence, and his unparalleled ability to bring out the best in others. David Graven was a law professor, politician, trial attorney and was extremely active in public policy dialogue. One of David Graven’s favorite sayings was “Upward and Onward”. From our perspective, his spirit lives on and still permeates Kennedy & Graven.

Our firm is also named after David J. Kennedy because of his understanding of the important role that local government has in our society; for his genuine interest in public law; and for a law practice philosophy that emphasizes keeping clients informed through effective communication.
We welcome the opportunity to assist you in addressing your legal concerns, and encourage you to contact us for more information. Contact our Minneapolis office at 612-337-9300 to be connected to the right person for your legal issue, or e-mail our attorneys directly.