Courtney Preston Kellner



Courtney Preston Kellner, originally from Greenup County, KY, has made Louisville her home since 2011. Courtney is a graduate of Raceland-Worthington High School and is a proud alumna of both the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2010. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association and the Women Lawyer’s Association.

Prior to graduating from law school, Courtney garnered experience in the areas of criminal, family, civil and appellate law working as a law clerk at the firm of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie and Kirkland, in addition to Franklin Circuit Court. Courtney is particularly proud of the time she spent as a clerk to Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham.

Courtney began her legal career as a staff attorney with the Louisville Metro Public Defender where she made thousands of court appearances in all areas of our local judicial system, including district, circuit, and family courts. During her time as a Public Defender, Courtney focused her practice in juvenile law, criminal law, paternity and EPO/DVO contempt. Courtney provided representation on cases ranging from shoplifting to murder while serving as a Public Defender.

At Kellner Green, Courtney focuses her practice in family law with the majority of her representation focused on divorce and custody cases. Additionally, Courtney represents clients on dependency and paternity matters in family court. The rest of her practice is focused on representing clients in criminal and juvenile delinquency matters. In January 2015, Courtney was chosen to serve the Jefferson County Family Court term as a parent’s attorney on the dependency, abuse and neglect docket.

Outside of work, Courtney is an active member of River City United Methodist Church and serves as a member of the Launch Team. Additionally, she has been appointed to serve the Kentucky United Methodist Church as a member of the Justice Committee. Courtney is a member of Pi Beta Phi and serves on the Alumni Advisory Council as advisor on administrative and member development matters. Along with Abigail, Courtney enjoys devoting much of her free time to the various children’s organizations around Louisville, including volunteering with Kentucky Youth Advocates.

Courtney resides in Crescent Hill with her husband, Matthew, whom she met cheering on her beloved Cardinals at Freedom Hall.

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2011


  • University of Kentucky, J.D., 2010
  • University of Louisville, B.A., Political Science, 2007 (magna cum laude)

Work Experience

  • Staff Attorney, Louisville Metro Public Defender Office
  • Law Clerk, Kentucky Supreme Court
  • Law Clerk, Franklin County Circuit Court
  • Law Clerk, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers Association