In 2004, Ms. Bender-Kelner founded Bender-Kelner Wills, Trusts & Estates, P.A., a boutique trusts and estates law firm. Prior to founding the law firm, Ms. Bender-Kelner was an attorney and partner in several Twin Cities law firms, and has devoted 25+ years to this practice area. She is Past Chair of the Probate & Trust Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, a Fellow of ACTEC (American College of Trust and Estate Counsel) and has been designated a “Super Lawyer” every year since 2004. Nancy works with a staff of four highly-experienced paralegals and legal assistants with an average of over 21 years of experience.

Nancy Bender-KelnerNancy S. Bender-Kelner

  • Fellow, ACTEC (American College of Trust and Estate Counsel) – the most highly respected national organization for trust and estate lawyers
  • Past Chair, Probate & Trust Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Voted “Superlawyer” by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine and Law and Politics 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
  • Included in the 2011 edition of the Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates practice area (10+ years)
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts
  • Valedictorian, St. Louis Park High School
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member, Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Board Member and Secretary, Winter Wheat Foundation