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James Thomas Keleher

Divorce and separation Attorney at Oak Park, IL

5.0   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2011
    Status
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James T. Keleher focuses his practice solely in family law. James began his employment with Conniff Law Offices as an undergrad, then as a law clerk, and, upon graduation from John Marshall Law School, as an associate attorney, and is now a Partner at the firm. James is well respected amongst his peers as a skilled practitioner who is honest and forthright about his client’s goals and objectives. James has a unique combination of knowledge and interpersonal skills that make him an exceptional family law attorney.

James strongly believes that family law issues are best resolved by the parties, particularly when there are children’s issues in dispute. As a father of three young children, James is philosophically opposed to a Judge’s making decisions about other people’s children, rather than the parties’ working together to reach solutions that work best for their unique family. Litigation should be used as a last resort. It is more expensive, and more likely to harm the parties’ post-divorce relationship - the importance of which should not be underestimated where children are involved, and, more importantly, litigation can have a very serious impact on the children.

However, James realizes that not all cases can be resolved through settlement for a variety of reasons, including personality differences, mental illness, and issues such as domestic abuse. James has an extensive litigation background which enables him to provide a full-range of services to his client both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. James has specialized experience in complex divorce litigation. He has been successful at the trial level in child custody and financial cases, and two of those rulings have been affirmed on appeal.

James has recently earned Avvo’s Clients’ Choice Award due to the large number of satisfied clients he has assisted, and he has been named to the National Advocates Top 40 Under 40 and Top 100 attorneys, and the American Institute of Family Law’s 10 Best Attorneys

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Posted by Cheryl | July 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent work! Very satisfied client!
I've used Conniff Law twice now and could not be happier or more satisfied. I have worked with a few law firms before finding Conniff Law and there is absolutely no comparison to the top notch professionalism, drive and knowledge of the law. James Keleher was very responsive, provided very good direction/advice and worked extremely hard for me. He is smart and tough. As a result, i had two successful cases. I would use James again if the need were to arise and have recommended him to my friends and family. The pricing is very fair also. I didn't feel like i was overcharged and felt like he always had my best interest. Thank you Conniff Law...attorney James Keleher...for your outstanding work! You are truly one of a kind!
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Respectful and thoroughly professional
James represented me over the last two years in my divorce from my spouse of many years. He laid out realistic expectations at the outset and these proved to be fairly accurate over the life of the case. I insisted that the divorce be as peaceful as possible for all involved and he never deviated from this. The office staff supporting James was also courteous and responsive. The only negative in the entire process was length of time that it took to complete -- but this had little to do with James. All in all, working through the divorce with James was a decent experience in an otherwise difficult situation.
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Posted by Chris | December 15, 2023
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Kind & effective
James & his entire team were truly kind, compassionate, and supportive through my divorce. On top of that, they made the process as painless and straightforward as possible, were readily available to answer questions, and went out of their way to prep and inform me throughout. I am really grateful to all of them for helping me through it.
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Posted by Dave | December 13, 2023
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James is great!
I highly recommend James and his firm. James was very knowledgable, thoughtful and readily available for any need. He was great at educating and guiding me through many processes and the outcome was great. A big thank you to James and his team!
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended this firm
James worked on my case for 2 years with my divorce that involved young kids, assets, and my ex who wasn’t cooperative. James is so professional and caring! He really got to know me and my kids and how we lived so that he could better understand our needs with the divorce. He fought for things I never would’ve thought about or needed to ask for, but he’s so good with looking long term and focusing on what’s at stake. He’s so knowledgeable about the laws and will explain as many times as I needed until I understood it. Thank you James!
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2023
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Excellent attorney and person, make the call to James & team
At a highly stressful time, James provides excellent counsel and legal guidance. I highly recommend him and his team to help you to a positive outcome for you and your family.
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I'm so glad I found Conniff Law Offices!
James handled my case with compassion and professionalism. During a very difficult time in my life, I knew that I didn't need to worry about the legal aspects of my divorce. James has a fantastic team who provide an impressive level of service. They are responsive, caring, knowledgeable, and thorough.
Posted by Lisa | April 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely knowledgable and professional!
James and his team were very knowledgable, skilled negotiators, and provided overall excellent representation. They were respectful of the tone I wanted to set, took the time to listen and ensure all my questions were answered appropriately, and helped me stay focused on the overall goal. They made what could have been a terrible experience a lot less stressful, and I'm confident this team is the reason I had a positive outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2015
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Goes Beyond Above and Beyond
James was professional, thorough and detailed in everything he did. He showed that he cared about my case and worked hard to seek justice. I would recommend James over and over again!
Posted by Hugo | August 25, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience, highly recommended
James did an outstanding job, this was my first time hiring an lawyer, he knows what he is doing. His understanding of the law and court proceedings helped me get through my ordeal. I will highly recommend his services and expertise to anyone that needs him. He guided me throughout the process, was very attentive to any questions I had, and his conduct was very professional. His work ethic was great and I believe the way he prepared himself was even better. After many months of going through divorce and custody I got divorced and was awarded sole custody of my child. I will highly recommend James in the future to anyone that needs an attorney.
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Posted by Kathryn | August 11, 2015
Highly recommended attorney
I think my now ex-husband and I avoided getting divorced for a long time because we felt emotionally overwhelmed and lost by the legal process. James helped us navigate all of it. I was immediately comforted by his compassion and impressed with his legal knowledge. James conducted himself professionally, was honest with me, responsive to my concerns, and helped me set realistic expectations. In the end his ability to work with my ex's attorney made all the difference and we came to a fair settlement that we are both satisfied with. I highly recommend James Keleher if you're in need of a divorce attorney.
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Posted by Jennifer | August 11, 2015
Positive experience
This was my first time working with an attorney and I was initially apprehensive and guarded. From start to finish, James was very professional, helpful, and informative. He guided me throughout the process and made it less anxiety-provoking. I would definitely use this firm again if needed. I would highly recommend James for hire as an attorney.
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Posted by Priscilla G. | August 11, 2015
Great Experience!
I worked with James during my divorce. His knowledge of the law and my case specifically was very comforting. He is clearly committed to his work! Jame's compassion towards myself and my family made me feel secure during a time in my life in which there were many unknowns. Great family attorney!
Posted by Pat | August 11, 2015
Highly Recommended
James was a pleasure to work with and very helpful through my divorce. He was compassionate and honest throughout the entire process. Going through the divorce was very difficult and it was great to have someone so supportive help me through it.
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2015
Knowledgeable and Professional!
James was very attentive in working with my family. He was thoughtful and very helpful throughout the entire process. His compassion and knowledge of the law was very comforting to me during a difficult time in my life.
Posted by David | May 2, 2015
Man of integrity
I had an extremely challenging divorce. James was at all times extremely professional and approachable. Moreover, his advice was insightful, fair, not always easy to hear, but honest and accurate. He saved me a lot of time and money, and most importantly, my sanity.
Posted by Sebastian | February 4, 2015
Fathers rights
When I began this process, I was very much unprepared for all the work that was going to be needed. Mr. Keleher helped me understand this entire process, and at the same time worked hard on my behalf. I could not have asked for a better attorney during this trying time in my life. James was instrumental in me getting the rights I deserved as a father, and I would not hesitate to recommend him to any father in a similar situation.
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Posted by Brian | January 29, 2015
A refreshing, client-first approach
I've referred and will continue to refer clients to James because it is evident that he truly cares about his clients and will do everything he can to guide them towards the best outcome for their situation. He's also not afraid to tell his clients something they might not want or like to hear, but that they need to hear because it is in their best interest. James is an excellent listener and an effective & compassionate attorney. I am comfortable recommending James and his services without hesitation.
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Posted by Chris | January 26, 2015
My Experience
Litigation isn't fun. You need help, so much information to process. Your emotions are getting in the way. Where Did I find my assurance? With my attorney! Mr. Keleher delivered it to me straight through the entire process. I felt better and better as things came along. Because I knew what was coming. I never felt behind or overwhelmed again. My expectations were not just met they were exceeded! Thanks to Mr. Keleher!
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Posted by Eric | January 25, 2015
Thanks for the wonderful service
This was our first time ever working with an attorney. From introduction to settlement, James informed and guided us every step of the way. He was very professional and down to earth. They put all our concerns at ease. I would definitely use this firm again if I ever need an attorney in this field.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Conniff Law Offices
  • 2011 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Conniff Law Offices
  • 2005 - 2011

Education

  • John Marshall Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • West Suburban Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Corporations
  • CALI Award
  • 2015
  • 2015 Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
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Publications

  • Conniff Law Offices, Family Law Blog
  • Imputation of Income in Divorce, Part 2
  • 2013
  • Conniff Law Offices, Family Law Blog
  • Imputation of Income in Divorce, Part 1
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • New Child Support Statute
  • Child Support
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (14)
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Unknown Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James was appointed as the Guardian Ad Litem on a relocation case I recently had. He was able to help the parties reach an agreement that both were happy with, without having to litigate the issue. James is very professional and as a GAL looks out for the best interests of all parties while facilitating meaningful settlement discussions. I look forward to working with James in the future!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"James is a highly respected attorney in the family-law community. He handles his cases with the utmost professionalism and poise while also being a fierce advocate for his client. I worked with James on a highly contested divorce, and his knowledge of the law and demeanor as opposing counsel went a long way in effectively and equitably resolving the case."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to work with James on several matters and they have all been positive experiences. James knows the law and uses his knowledge to advise his clients accordingly. James' knowledge and attitude allow clients to resolve their issues in an expeditious and satisfying manner. He is a pleasure to work with!"
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to know James for more than 15 years. His knowledge on the law is beyond impressive and he fights tirelessly for his clients. But above all else, James is a great guy who will go the extra mile for his clients. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an excellent attorney with great people skills. He knows how to make clients feel comfortable through a challenging time in their lives and is a zealous advocate in the courtroom."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James is a great guy and a fantastic divorce attorney. James is excellent at settling cases out of court and aggressive only when he needs to be. James is respected by the courts and his peers and really seems to enjoy helping families transition to the next phases of their lives. I very much endorse James and his practice."
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James is a strong advocate for his clients. We've had several cases together now, and in each instance, he comes prepared to court and fights vigorously for his clients. James exhibits great trial skills and any client will be glad to have him in their corner."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of opposing James Keleher on several matters. He is professional, honest, very detailed and vigorously defends his clients' rights. As a result, James is well respected by colleagues and judges. I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Keleher."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of opposing James on several cases and he was a class act in every phase of our cases. He has always been cooperative, knowledgable of the law, easy to work with and an excellent advocate for his client. I would recommend James to anyone seeking an experienced family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked and met with Mr. Keleher on a variety of family law issues. He is always up-to-date on developing laws, he is extremely professional and ethical, and a reasonable, yet strong advocate for his client(s)."
Family Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I’ve worked with James on various family law matters such as contested divorce and prenuptial agreements. James is at all times professional and courteous. He is detail-oriented and organized. It is obvious that James ensures that his clients are well-informed. Although James will go to court when necessary, his approach is always to work towards the best outcome for the clients with a focus on a negotiated settlement. He understands the emotional and financial difficulties people face when going through divorce. James provides compassionate, knowledgeable representation."
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"James is one of the finest family law attorneys I know. We worked together for several years and handled many complex cases together. James' knowledge of the law and the legal system are invaluable assets to his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend James to anyone in need of a family law attorney."
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Oak Park Divorce and separation Lawyer James Thomas Keleher
James Thomas Keleher
Divorce and separation Attorney
Oak Park, IL
Licensed for 13 years