Criminal Defense Attorney
Megan Kielty is an attorney with over seven years’ experience practicing law in a variety of fields, including juvenile and criminal court. Following a brief music career in 2008, she graduated from UNL with a B.A. in political science in 2012 and received her juris doctorate with high distinction in 2016 from the Nebraska College of Law. As a new attorney, Megan already began distinguishing herself when she successfully defended a client accused of DUI in her first jury trial. Since then, she has tried over 15 criminal cases and secured numerous acquittals. Most recently, she secured an acquittal while serving as second-chair for a client falsely accused of sexual assault, and won an appeal on a juvenile court’s termination of parental rights; her brief in the latter case was cited by the court of appeals in their decision In re Interest of Zoey W. She has prepared appellate briefs for the Nebraska Court of Appeals, Nebraska Supreme Court, and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also assisted in the preparation of two petitions for writ of certiorari which were filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
A multi-award winning attorney, Megan received the 2014 CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Advocacy, the Gross & Welch Best Brief Award, and the McGrath North Excellence in Legal Writing Award, and the 2015 CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Advanced Trial Advocacy. Fearless, competent, and kind, Megan brings her full dedication to every case, working tirelessly to review large files, research novel legal issues, draft complex briefs, and present passionate oral arguments. In addition to her work with Berry Law, Megan serves as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the Nebraska College of Law, where she also coaches the National Trial Team. In her little spare time, Megan enjoys reading, writing poetry, knitting, taking ceramics classes, and going on a yearly pilgrimage to California to kayak in the bay area.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Defense
- United States District Court for Nebraska District Court
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2012, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- Nebraska College of Law, 2016, Juris Doctorate