Michael Gnesin concentrates his practice in general counsel services, corporate law, banking/finance, employment law, business representation, and commercial real estate law (including commercial purchase, sale and refinance transactions, title issues, and leasing matters). Michael counsels and advises individuals, domestic and international emerging growth companies and established businesses in various types of corporate, transactional, general business planning, transactional and compliance matters.

Michael’s experience includes entity formation, drafting, and reviewing complex commercial agreements, providing advice and counsel to business owners, employees, officers and board of directors, corporate governance, intellectual property protection, and general daily business planning and legal advice on complex business issues. Michael represents clients in various commercial transaction matters ranging in size from less than $1 million to over $100 million.

Practice Areas

Phone: 847-382-9130
Fax: 847-382-9135


  • Licensed Real Estate Broker

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Northern District of Illinois


  • DePaul University College of Law
    J.D.  |  2008
    CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Equities and Remedies

  • University of Illinois – Chicago
    B.S.  |  2004
    Majors: Economics and Finance

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association  |  Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association  |  Member
  • Chicago Bar Association  |  Member
  • Jewish United Fund – Young Lawyers Group  |  Member
  • ProVisors  |  Executive Committee and Member


  • “Paycheck Protection Program & Mortgage Forbearance” Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Webinar, Guest Speaker  |  2020
  • “Paycheck Protection Program & Addressing Loan Forgiveness Questions” Porte Brown Webinar, Guest Speaker  |  2020
  • “PPP Loan Forgiveness and The Building Industry” Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Webinar, Guest Speaker  |  2020
  • “Stress Testing Deals in Good Times, Bad Times and Now”, MBBI Guest Speaker  |  2020
  • “Recovering COVID-19 Business Expenses and Lost Profits”, Featured Speaker  |  2020
  • “Employment Law Updates to Protect You During the Pandemic and Beyond”, Featured Speaker  |  2020

Past Employment Positions

  • Enterprise Law Group, LLP, Chicago, Illinois, Associate Attorney  |  2011-2013
  • High5 Advertising, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, In-House Counsel and Treasurer  |  2008-2011

Pro Bono Activities

  • JUF Young Lawyers Group, Volunteer and Committee Member
  • Community Legal Services Program and Hillels of Illinois, Volunteer


  • Fluent in Spanish and Russian

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.