David P. Buckley, Jr. co-founded Kelleher & Buckley, LLC in 1997 on the simple premise of providing clients with high-quality legal services and individualized attention. For more than 20 years, that philosophy has driven Dave’s approach to helping his clients with not only their professional legal needs, but their personal ones as well.

Dave concentrates his practice in corporate transactions, formations and succession planning for business owns with an emphasis on the manufacturing, service, logistics, and retail industries. His extensive experience has gained a high level of trust with his clients, representing several multi-generational, family-owned businesses.

Dave also focuses on estate planning and administration for high net worth individuals and families. As both an attorney and a CPA, he possesses a unique understanding of his clients’ personal financial needs. Dave has enjoyed giving back to his community by sharing his expertise on multiple pro bono committees.


  • Certified Public Accountant   |  1993

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    J.D. (Magna Cum Laude)  |  1995
  • Miami University (Ohio)
    B.S.  |  1990
    Majors: Accounting and Finance

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association  |  Member
  • Worldwide Who’s Who  |  Member

Podcasts & Webinars

  • M&A Unplugged Podcast Guest, Episode #21  |  2020
    • Estate Planning, M&A Transaction Planning, Assembling the Right Team and Securing Key Employees

Speaking Engagements

  • “Becoming a Trusted Advisor”  |  2019
    • Presentation to James Hamlin & Co., P.C.
  • “Changing Residency & Recent Tax Act Developments”  |  2018
    • Presentation to Wells Fargo





  • Illinois Super Lawyer  |  2019, 2020
  • Chicago Five Star Wealth Manager  |  2010-2013


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Published Works

  • “Alternative Investment Techniques for Sophisticated Estate Planning”, (Co-Author), Trust & Estates Magazine  |  September 1996

Pro Bono Activities

  • St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Senior Warden
  • Barrington Hills Country Club, Board Member
  • Jeffrey Pride Foundation, Past Auxiliary Board Member
  • Barrington Area Council on Aging, Past Director
  • Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, Past Planned Giving Advisory Committee Member
  • District 220 Educational Foundation, Past President, Treasurer and Board Member
  • Samaritan Counseling Center, Past Board Member

After a tremendous 22 years together, David Buckley and Andrew Kelleher, founding members of Kelleher & Buckley, LLC, have decided to amicably split into two distinct law firms. The creation of these new firms will allow each company to follow their individual roadmap to success and maximize their clients’ experience.

We are excited to announce both partnerships: K&B equity member Robert Holland will partner with Andrew Kelleher to form Kelleher + Holland, LLC. Similarly, equity member Linda Fine will join David Buckley to create Buckley Fine, LLC. All of our current attorneys, paralegals and staff will be taking this journey with us.

The separation is effective September 1, 2020, at which point Kelleher & Buckley will no longer be providing legal services. During this transition, you can continue to expect the high quality of service you have always received from us as we shift to our new partnerships. Current and past clients, please check your email for additional details.

In the meantime, we have developed an FAQ to address any general questions you may have. As always, please feel free to contact us with any specific questions or concerns.

Thank you for your loyalty over the last 20+ years; we appreciate your support during this transition and look forward to advising you in the future.