Hon. Henry “Skip” Tonigan, ret., joined Kelleher & Buckley in 2007, following his retirement from serving for 24 years as a Circuit Judge for the 19th Judicial Circuit; from 1998 to 2000, he served as Chief Judge for Lake and McHenry counties. Using his diverse judicial career in the complex civil and criminal divisions, Skip provides leadership for the firm’s clients with pressing issues in litigation. His skills are recognized by judges, who routinely appoint him either as special administrator, guardian ad litem or mediator in complicated probate and civil cases.

Prior to his judgeship, Skip developed an expertise in land valuation and land use issues, trying numerous condemnation cases for both public agencies and private landowners. Since his judicial retirement, he has served as administrative hearing officer for many villages and cities in Lake and McHenry counties, hearing ordinance, zoning and building code cases.  For the past 12 years, Skip has also been an effective advocate for commercial and residential tax assessment appeals for the firm’s clients.

When asked why he continues to practice law and not retire to play more golf, Skip says that he finds too much satisfaction from advocating for individuals and businesses in their important legal concerns and effectuating common sense solutions. After making last year his 4th hole in one on a 225-yard par 3 and enjoying his 3rd trip to the Scotland, Skip says that he finds “plenty time to enjoy the best game known”.

Practice Areas

Phone: 847-382-9130
Fax: 847-382-9135

Certifications

  • Certified Mediator Civil Cases in Lake, McHenry & Cook Counties
  • Administrative Hearing Officer for Municipalities and Special Districts
  • Guardian Ad Litem – Probate – 19thJudicial Circuit (Lake) and 22ndJudicial Circuit (McHenry)
  • Ela Township Attorney

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Education

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    J.D.  |  1975
  • Cornell College
    B.A.  |  1972

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 19th Judicial Circuit, Lake & McHenry, Judge  |  1983-2007
  • Lake & McHenry, Law Division , Presiding Judge  |  2000-2006
  • 19th Circuit, Lake & McHenry, Chief Judge  |  1998-2000
  • Lake & McHenry, Law Division , Presiding Judge  |  1996-1998
  • Lake & McHenry, Felony Division, Presiding Judge  |  1992-1996
  • Lake & McHenry, Family Division, Presiding Judge  |  1990-1992
  • Donald T. Morrison & Associates, Waukegan, Illinois, Trial Attorney  |  1976-1983

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois Judges Association  |  Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, ADR Committee  |  2009-2011
  • Lake County Bar Association, Member, Civil & Appeal Committee
  • Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Evaluation Committee Facilitator

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.