Rena Ballard began her legal career at the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney, where she prosecuted more than 200 bench trials and multiple jury trials involving involuntary commitment and medication of psychiatric patients. Rena’s current litigation practice includes handling contested guardianships, contested estate administration matters, involuntary nursing home discharge cases and personal injury. Rena also has previous experience as a Master’s level social services coordinator, a role which facilitates her assistance to seniors needing legal services.

Practice Areas

Phone: 847-382-9130
Fax: 847-382-9135

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    J.D.  |  1996
  • Florida State University
    M.S.  |  1997
  • Delta State University
    B.M.  |  1983
    Graduated with four-year honors; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Elder Law Section

Past Employment Positions

  • Rena A. Ballard LLC, Attorney at Law, Principal  |  2014–2017
  • Law Offices of Pretzel & Stouffer, Chicago, Illinois, Attorney  |  2000–2014
  • Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago, Illinois, Assistant State’s Attorney  |  1996–2000

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services  |  Volunteer Attorney
  • Barrington Area Council on Aging  |  Volunteer


  • Five Important Legal Documents for Estate Planning
  • Financial Exploitation of Seniors-Remedies
  • Becoming the Decision-Maker for a Senior
  • Reporting Elder Abuse
  • Assessing Legal Capacity

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.