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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