Kelly Sofio, Attorney at Lommen Abdo Law Firm

Kelly Sofio

Areas of Practice: No-Fault and Auto Liability Insurance Defense Litigation, Transportation Litigation, Insurance Coverage

Office Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Phone: 612.336.9351 / Email: ksofio@lommen.com

Kelly Sofio / Biography

With over 20 years of experience in her defense practice, Kelly Sofio is regarded by her peers and her clients as an authority on first-party automobile insurance law. She has tried numerous jury and court trials, as well as binding arbitrations. She has experience defending personal injury claims, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims, dealing with allegations of bad faith (both first-party and third-party) and resolving cases with multiple claimants and limited liability coverage.

She has adjudicated over 2,700 AAA and District Court no-fault and bodily injury cases and appeals, and appeared in front of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals, and the Minnesota Supreme Court in the successful case Western Nat’l Ins. Co. v. Nguyen, 902 N.W.2d 645 (Minn. App. 2017), aff’d mem. (Minn. Sup. Ct. March 23, 2018).

She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, and is currently involved in both the Women in the Law and Diversity committees.

Kelly is an AAA certified no-fault arbitrator. Her articles on winning strategies in no-fault cases have been published in the Minnesota Defense and Minnesota Claims magazines. She continues to conduct no-fault seminars for the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, the Twin Cities Claims Association and insurance company clients. Kelly routinely is the first call her colleagues and clients make when they have questions about Minnesota auto insurance law.

Kelly Sofio married fellow Hamline University School of Law Graduate Greg Sofio after graduation. They have three children and live in St. Paul.

Leadership + Activities

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 2002 to present
  • American Arbitration Association No-Fault Arbitrator Panel, 2004 to present

Presentations

  • “No-Fault Trends,” Twin Cities Claims Association Annual Meeting, 2018
  • “Statute 62Q Defense and the Supreme Court,” MDLA Motor Vehicle Committee, 2017
  • “No-Fault Here and Now and What Is on the Horizon,” Twin Cities Claims Association Annual Meeting, 2017
  • “Current No-Fault Issues for Adjusters,” Twin Cities Claims Association Annual Meeting, 2016
  • “Adjusting Minnesota No-Fault Claims for Success in the AAA,” Metropolitan Council, 2015
  • “Emergency Accident Response,” Metropolitan Council, 2014
  • “A Defense Arbitrator’s Perspective of AAA No-Fault,” Twin Cities Claims Association, 2013
  • “Women in the Law,” Hamline Women’s Legal Caucus, 2013
  • “Securing an Unbiased Arbitrator,” Twin Cities Claims Association, 2012

Published Articles

  • “The District Court No-Fault Trial: The Adjuster is the Key,” Minnesota Claims magazine
  • “No-Fault or Our Fault? Ideas on How We Can Solve Many of Our Own No-Fault Problems,” Minnesota Defense magazine, 2006

Education

  • University of Minnesota, B.A., 1993, (International Relations), Dean’s List, 1991-1993
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1998

News + Articles

Lommen Abdo Packs at the Park

Lommen Abdo Packs at the Park

Lommen Abdo team members recently got out in the community and participated in the Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) Pack at the Park event. This is the first year Lommen Abdo employees have packed food but they look forward to making this an annual event! Feed My...

Lommen Abdo Welcomes Kelly Sofio as Shareholder

Lommen Abdo Welcomes Kelly Sofio as Shareholder

Lommen Abdo Proud to Name Kelly a Shareholder Marc Johannsen, Lommen Abdo President, is proud to welcome Kelly Sofio as a shareholder and says of her work, “Kelly is a diligent and hard worker. Her niche cases are fascinating and the experience she brings to the firm,...

Get to Know Kelly Sofio

Get to Know Kelly Sofio

Lommen Abdo is continually striving to be the most dedicated, flexible and client-focused firm in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We have been growing to continue to meet the unique needs of our clients and are excited to welcome attorney Kelly Sofio to our team. Kelly has...

No-Fault Here and Now and What Is on the Horizon

Kelly Sofio was a panelist in a session titled "No-Fault Here and Now and What Is on the Horizon" at the 2017 Twin Cities Claims Association Annual Winter Seminar.  The no-fault panel discussed pertinent no-fault issues and ways to deal with the creative and crafty...

Statute 62Q Defense and the Supreme Court

Kelly Sofio presented to the MDLA Motor Vehicle Committee on her Court of Appeals Opinion on Western National Ins. Co. v. Jon Nguyen (A17-0314) on 62Q.75 and its applicability to Minnesota No-Fault.

No-Fault Trends

Attorney Kelly Sofio provided first-hand experience on current trends in no-fault arbitration claims at the Twin Cities Claims Association Annual Meeting in 2017.