Carrie H. Peltier

I am the owner and managing attorney of Peltier Law, PLLC. The majority of my practice focuses on criminal defense, immigration, and the place where the two intersect. It is a privilege and honor to work as an attorney. It is more than a job for me; helping is what I do in my personal and public life. The word attorney means “one appointed by another to act in her place” or literally “to turn to.” My job is to stand in your place, to take on your worries and fears, and to find a solution.

Originally from Indiana, I now live and work in Minnesota where my law practice focuses on criminal defense & immigration. Because I have been an attorney on both sides of criminal cases, as a prosecutor and as a public defender, I have unique perspective and insight into what it takes to win. My interest in immigration law originates from my experience living in Mexico City where I learned to speak Spanish while studying the politics of revolution.




  • Minnesota Supreme Court

  • U.S. District Court of Minnesota

  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Retired

  • Supreme Court of Illinois, Retired

Fluent in Spanish



Juris Doctor
Boston, Massachusetts

Bachelor of Arts
Middlebury, Vermont



Member, American Immigration Lawyer's Association  2010-Present 

Board Member, Chelsea Heights Parent Teacher Organization  2014-Present 

Board Member, Minnesota Women's Consortium  2013-2014



Admitted to the bar


Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts


Assistant Public Defender in Illinois


Began private practice in Minnesota


Our Team



Kelly L. Cveykus

Born and raised in Minnesota, I received my B.A. from Hamline University in Legal Studies & Spanish. During my undergraduate education, I also received my paralegal certificate. This led me to begin my career in immigration as I interned at a private immigration firm during the completion of my undergraduate studies. 

After college, I continued to work at the same immigration firm as a paralegal where I focused on deportation defense and family-based immigration. At the same time, I attended law school at Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law).  After I earned my Juris Doctorate, I continued my law career representing immigration clients. 

After working in the private sector for several years, I transitioned to the public sector where I worked with the Self-Represented Litigant Program. During my time in the public sector, I assisted individuals with a wide variety of civil legal matters. Now that I have returned to the private sector, I will continue focusing on immigration and civil matters, primarily focusing on family-based immigration and deportation defense. 



Julie Small

I grew up in North Carolina, but I've called Minnesota home for almost a decade. My background is in computer science. I've had several different careers including computer programmer, event coordinator, and stay-at-home mom. I began working as a paralegal at Peltier Law in 2018.