Ronald Kowalczyk chairs the firm’s employment law and intellectual property practice groups. For nearly 20 years, Ron has offered legal guidance and representation to businesses, executives, professionals, and employees. Drawing on his experience as a college professor, he takes the time with his clients to explain complicated legal issues in an easy to understand manner.

Ron handles a wide array of employment matters not limited to hiring and terminating employees, executive contracts and compensation, employment handbooks, employment and severance agreements, covenants not-to-compete, overtime compensation, and discrimination/harassment claims. His extensive experience in this area has gained him a high level of trust with his clients, including employees of Fortune 500 companies.

Ron is also an experienced intellectual property litigator handling federal court copyright, trademark, and patent infringement cases. As an entrepreneur himself, Ron understands the importance of protecting valuable ideas. Ron enjoys giving back to the legal profession and for years has volunteered as a mentor to law students and as a coach to undergraduate mock trial students.

Practice Areas

Phone: 847-382-9130
Fax: 847-382-9135

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, General and Trial Bars


  • Harvard University
    A.L.M – Finance – Extension Degree Candidate
  • DePaul University College of Law
    J.D.  |  2000
  • American University School of Public Affairs
    M.S. – Justice, Law & Society  |  1997
  • Stetson University
    B.A.  |  1994
    Majors: Psychology & Sociology  

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association  |  Member


  • “Employment Law Updates to Protect You During the Pandemic and Beyond”  |  Featured Speaker (2020)
  • “Paycheck Protection Program Update”  |  LCBA Guest Speaker (2020)
  • “2020 Employment Law Updates: What Every Employer Needs to Know About FSLA, Sexual Harassment and the Legalization of Marijuana”  |  The Horton Group Guest Speaker (2020)


Pro Bono Activities

  • DePaul University President’s Club, Advisory Council Member
  • DePaul University College of Law Corporate Connectors, Alumni Volunteer
  • DePaul University College of Law Mock Interview Program, Alumni Volunteer
  • DePaul University College of Law Attorney Mentor Program, Mentor
  • DePaul University College of Law National Cultural Heritage Moot Court Competition, Brief Grader and Appellate Judge
  • “The Sweetest Land, A Documentary Film”, Film Producer
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Illinois Advisory Committee 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.