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Andrew Joseph Kelleher Jr.

Estate planning Attorney at North Barrington, IL

5.0   18 reviews
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  • State Years
    Texas - TX < 1 year
    Wyoming - WY 5 years
    Arizona - AZ 7 years
    Florida - FL 8 years
    Illinois - IL 28 years
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State TX
    Acquired 2023
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State WY
    Acquired 2018
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2016
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2015
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1995
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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Andrew J. Kelleher, Jr., J.D., LL.M. (Master of Laws in Taxation- Honors) and Certified Public Accountant, is a Founding Member of Kelleher + Holland, LLC. Andrew has worked on a multitude of business and estate planning matters and cases, including, but not limited to, selling, purchasing, merging, dividing and acquiring businesses, tax structuring, intellectual property licensing, shareholder agreements, business litigation, business banking and financing, employment law, executive compensation and severance, buy sell agreements, contract review and forming a variety of business entities.  He has been involved in planning complex trusts and estates for high net worth clients, probating estates, guardianships, pre-divorce planning, prenuptial planning, post-nuptial planning, commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, commercial real estate financing, cost segregation issues, transfer tax valuation discounting and related issues, personal injury, medical malpractice, real estate property tax issues, leasing matters for landlords and tenants, IRS dispute resolution, Section 1031 exchanges, real estate entity structuring and domestic asset protection matters, and litigation involving real estate valuation and titling.


Client's Choice 2014
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Rob | January 23, 2014
Andy Kelleher - Estate Planning
Andy is an attorney who is able to deconstruct complex issues and form them into simple concepts so I could make smart decisions. His personality and expertise made me feel comfortable. Andy provides great service and more importantly great results.
Posted by Kent | July 1, 2014
Outstanding Individual and Professional Attorney
For several years I have worked with Andy and Kelleher & Buckley LLC on an individual and professional basis. Andy and his Firm possess extensive expertise in real estate law, business law, estate and trust planning and taxation. Their broad but thorough knowledge base enabled them to provide insightful, comprehensive individual and business solutions. I have referred numerous business colleagues to Andy and his Firm and continue to highly recommend them.
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Posted by Rick | June 30, 2014
Kelleher and Buckley
I met Andy while attempting to complete a complicated 1031 exchange complete with environmental issues. Since that time three years ago, he has earned all of my personal legal business and that of the various other companies I either own or operate. His firm has assisted us with multiple contract matters, real estate transactions, 1031 exchange, litigation, real estate tax appeals, organizational structuring and restructuring, tax matters & planning, estate planning and many more. All family, friends and business associates I have referred his way have been pleased - I strongly recommend Andy.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2014
Andy focused on my success
Andy ensured that I was doing all the right things for the right reasons. He was creative and flexible to accommodate my specific issues. In the end, he personally focused on ensuring that things were done expediently and with the highest level of professionalism.
Posted by John | June 27, 2014
Estate Planning with Andy Kelleher
Andy is a trustworthy, knowledgeable lawyer. We continue to engage Andy's services due to his level of expertise in the Estate Planning arena. Highly recommended!
Posted by Mark | June 26, 2014
Personally and Professionally
Having worked in the wealth management industry for over 28 years, I have dealt with many attorneys when it comes to assisting clients with their wealth transfer and estate planning needs. Mr. Andrew Kelleher and I have been working together since 2011, which is when I selected him to represent my family with the structuring of our personal estate plan. I am very pleased with the prompt, efficient and professional services that Mr. Kelleher and his team have provided us. As a result, I have recommended Mr. Kelleher to many clients, as well as to other colleagues within the industry. He is at all times professional, responsive, thorough and always makes the client’s interests top priority.
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Posted by Brian | June 24, 2014
Andy Kelleher- A trustworthy, knowledgeable, client centered attorney.
Andy is top notch. He is a truly innovative in his thinking and suggestions. He puts the client first and I would highly reccomend working with Andy. I have also referred many people to Andy and all the feedback has been overwhelmengly positive.
Posted by Ken | June 24, 2014
Prairie State Entities
We have switched to this firm from a smaller one two years ago as our business has grown. We have different types of needs based on litigation, contracts, employee situations, leases, and other matters. Going to a larger full scale firm was an easy transition. The firm is extremely responsive to our needs, gets back to us in a timely matter with issues and timelines, and takes the time to understand the underlying issues and advise us if it is worthwhile to pursue certain legal remedies. The fact that the firm has lawyers that have CPA certifications helps immensely with tax issues. As a result of using this firm for business, i have also moved my personal matters over to them. The firm pointed out many important instruments to protect my family and assets that were not identified or discussed by my previous attorney. I have recommended both business and friends to the firm who have had great experiences to. I usually do not give excellent ratings but this one was truly earned.
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Posted by Rob | June 23, 2014
Very Knowledgeable and Honest Advisor
Oakbrook Wealth Management has been using Andy Kelleher for many years. His service both on basic estate planning and complex real estate/asset protection cases is second to none. Andy's ability to breakdown complex issues to a client on level they can understand is a great value to our firm. Kelleher's commitment to staying on top of legal trends gives our firm great comfort. We recommend Andy and will continue to use his services.
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Posted by Susan | June 20, 2014
Andy Kelleher...Estate Planner, Trusted Advisor, True Professional
Andy has proven to be of the highest integrity and provides a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of his profession. Andy handles my estate planning, keeps me informed of ever changing laws and is genuinely of high morals and values. I look forward to a long future working with Andy.
Posted by Gil | June 17, 2014
Wills & Trusts 2014
Andy Kelleher is one of the most knowledgeable, best organized and gifted communicator that i have encountered in my roughly 60 years of adult life. He is the best of the five lawyers that have assisted my spouse and me with our wills and trusts during our 60 years of marriage. He updated our Wills and Tusts.
Posted by Rob | June 17, 2014
Review for Andy Kelleher
Our Wealth Management team at UBS has worked with Mr. Kelleher and his team on several different client engagements. Andy is extremely knowledgable, accessible, and a great communicator. We always know that our clients will treated fairly & respectfully by Andy and his team, and I would recommend him without reservation.
Posted by Tom | June 17, 2014
Strong Advisor
We are very pleased with Andy, his work and his team. We have a small business and have been working with Andy to solidify our estate planning. Not ever having gone through this before, Andy put my wife and I at ease right away. He is very attentive and focused. He really listened to us as we explained our situation. After assessing our comments and explaining what he thought our path should be, he created a timeline of how the process would work as well as a fee structure that was very fair. His output has been excellent. We are glad that we are using him.
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Posted by Nicholas | June 17, 2014
Estate Planning Needs Handled Well
Andy and his firm have handled numerous client estate planning cases for our group at UBS. He personally handled complex cases for a wide range of client demographics. Our clients ranged from a recently married basic will and trust to a large privately held business with multi-generational components. We switched our business to their firm because the quality of work was much better priced than the previous attorneys we used.
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Posted by Rachel D. Irons, CFP® | June 17, 2014
Highly Recommend Andrew Kelleher
I would without question recommend Andy Kelleher to family, friends and our own clients. I have used Andy on many occasions and found that he explained some complex legal issues in a calm, common sense and easy to understand manner.
Posted by Paul | June 17, 2014
Elegant Estate Planning Solutions; Mitigiate Risk and Plan for the Future
Kelleher & Buckley provided me with in-depth counsel on navigating the complex and ever changing world of tax law. Their comprehensive solutions helped me plan for the future and mitigate risk. The team takes the time to fully understand a client’s current objectives and concerns, while tailoring the most appropriate solutions to position for the future.
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Posted by Dr. Pat B | June 17, 2014
Top notch attorney that you can trust and rely on.
I have worked with Andrew Kelleher for the past 10 plus years on a variety of issues, from Guardianship, to International Law to Estate Planning. Andrew rates my highest regard in all categories for his integrity, knowledge, responsiveness and his excellent recommendations. I have recommended him both professionally to colleagues and personally to friends and family. The feedback that I have received has mirrored my own experience, which is top notch.
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Posted by J.P. | June 12, 2014
Great business lawyer with expertise to handle all of my personal needs as well!
I have worked with Andy for years on a professional and personal level. He has done a great job for me and a number of my clients on the business front.. Andy also has an expertise with estate planning and taxes that go hand in hand with my business needs. Overall, Andy has been a great fit for my business and personal needs. I always reccomend Andy to my clients and have received nothing but good feedback. I would reccomend Andy to anyone with needs for their business, estate planning or tax needs.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Member
  • Kelleher + Holland, LLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Kelleher & Buckley, LLC
  • 1997 - 2020
  • Associate Attorney
  • Jeffrey P. White and Associates, P.C.
  • 1995 - 1997


  • The John Marshall Law School,
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1995
  • John Marshall Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • DePaul University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association for Corporate Growth Chicago
  • Member
  • N/A
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Worldwide Who's Who
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries
  • Director
  • N/A
  • Chicago Celtic Legal Society
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2021
  • 2020 Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2020
  • 2019 Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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  • Quintessential Barrington Magazine
  • Preparation is Key at Any Age for Peace of Mind
  • 2021

Speaking Engagements

  • Recent Developments in Valuation and Inclusion in the Gross Estate
  • Recent Developments in Valuation and Inclusion in the Gross Estate CLE Attendee
  • 2021
  • Trust Situs and Governing Law Considerations
  • Trust Situs and Governing Law Considerations CLE Attendee
  • 2021
  • Marijuana Law 2021: New Reg, Updates and More
  • Marijuana Law 2021 CLE Attendee
  • 2021
  • Northwestern Mutual Regional Conference
  • Estate Planning
  • 2019
  • Year-End Tax Planning Ideas for 2018
  • Year-End Tax Planning Ideas for 2018 CLE Attendee
  • 2018
  • Current Market Trend and Best Practices Conference 2015
  • Pre-Sale Business Planning
  • 2015
  • Estate and Financial Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Estate planning Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andy Kelleher. Andy is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in his field."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Andy for any estate or trust matters. His knowledge and ingenuity in those matters is unsrupassed."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In a profession that too often lacks civility and professionalism, Andrew Kelleher defines what every lawyer should aspire to be. He has a masterful knowledge of the law. He is a strong advocate when his clients find themselves in a dispute or litigation. And, he has a remarkable "human touch" that contributes to his great success and general likeability among his clientele, the bench, and other members of the bar. I'm honored to share the same profession with Mr. Kelleher, and proud to endorse such a superb lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I heartily endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kelleher is extremely knowledgeable in his various areas of practice. He is able to readily identify all of the legal issues relevant to a client's situation, and concisely explain the client's available options to her. He consistently balances his clients' needs to receive competent legal guidance, while simultaneously minimizing their fees and costs, by exercising due diligence, personally addressing certain legal matters, and assigning competent, experienced subordinate lawyers to address other matters."

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North Barrington Estate planning Lawyer Andrew Joseph Kelleher Jr.
Andrew Joseph Kelleher Jr.
Estate planning Attorney
North Barrington, IL
Licensed for 28 years
Virtual consultation available