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John Thomas Kelleher

Divorce and separation Attorney at Las Vegas, NV

5.0   17 reviews
  • State Years
    Nevada - NV 27 years
    Massachusetts - MA 25 years
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NV
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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About John

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Since 1996, John has practiced law in Nevada focusing primarily on family law. In addition to being a Certified Family Law Specialist, John is one of the newest members of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has also received an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

In 1989, John graduated cum laude with his bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in Massachusetts.  John was awarded a three-year ROTC scholarship while at Stonehill.  He then attended St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts from 1989 to 1991 where he studied philosophy and theology.  John graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1996, where he was appointed as a Board Member for Trial Advocacy and an Associate Editor of the Education and Law Journal.

After law school, John worked as an associate for the law firm of Pico & Mitchell from 1996 to 1999, where he handled family law and insurance defense cases.  In 1998, John became licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.

In 1999, John began his own family law practice in Las Vegas.  He is a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada.  In 2009, John was appointed by the Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division to serve as a Pro Tem Hearing Officer in several important areas:  guardianships, juvenile delinquency, domestic violence and mental health.  John is actively involved in the Las Vegas community serving as an officer for the Elk’s Club.  Since 2009, John and his wife Christine have served as licensed foster parents for the Clark County Department of Family Services.  John also served as an officer for the U.S. Army Reserves from 1989 to 2005.

Location

Kelleher & Kelleher, LLC
807 S 7th St
Las Vegas, NV, 89101-6909

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Posted by AH | February 7, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
We Won!
I knew I was going to have a custody case on my hands. My family asked around and two separate people highly recommended John Kelleher. Our consultation was on point and I knew I was going to be in very capable hands. He was direct and to the point. In all the stress his knowledge and confidence put me at ease. I am very grateful to him. We won! I highly suggest Kelleher & Kelleher.
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Posted by Brandie | June 16, 2022
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15 years and still the best…
Over the years John Kelleher has been a trusted attorney I have used for both custody and divorce. A well respected lawyer in our court system here in Vegas, you can trust he will take good care of your case. He is articulate, caring, and concise. Trust in the Kellehers! I have recommended them to family and friends who have also helped them get justice in their cases
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Posted by Mike | March 31, 2022
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ABSOLUTE BEST!!!
John took our case midway through the process. He was very honest about the possible outcome based on the information he had during our consult, no sugar coating at all! Our case was very complex and difficult but he was able to turn it around and we had a very favorable outcome! John was very IMPRESSIVE during trial! He came prepared and ready for a rebuttal. John pays attention to detail and does not waste time. Price wise - ABSOLUTELY REASONABLE! John and his entire staff are very professional and responsive, late nights, weekends, it didn't matter. They respond within a few minutes. JOHN KELLEHER IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST! THANK YOU, JOHN AND STAFF, FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!
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Posted by Bill | December 21, 2020
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Professional
Divorce is complicated. John has assembled a team that guided me thru a difficult contended divorce. Highly recommend !
Posted by Ashley | November 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Kind and Patient
Mr. Kelleher was recommended to me by an out-of-state attorney when she heard I might need a lawyer. He helped me with my uncontested divorce and then again when my ex changed his mind about the already filed divorce decree. Mr. Kelleher's professionalism and confidence helped ease much of the anxiety I had about my circumstances. Everyone in his office was kind and patient as they navigated through my unfortunate circumstance. I highly recommend John Kelleher to anyone looking for a family lawyer in the Las Vegas and Henderson area.
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Posted by Big D | October 25, 2020
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Huge Unconditional Help
John assisted me in my divorce and another civil issue. John gives you great, cold advice. You don’t have time to make decisions so listen to John and his staff. They have been through so many more issues like this than we have, they know what the outcome will be.
Posted by Delann | June 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Still the BEST in Vegas!
STILL THE ABSOLUTE BEST IN VEGAS! I cannot say enough great things about Christine & John Kelleher! They are simply Team Awesome! After my husband's employer relocated us to California his son was being withheld from us. We filed for visitation with the courts on our own in order to save money. Well, needless to say, the other party hired a lawyer and served us stating all kinds of lies trying to claim he abandoned his son on the day we were flying into Vegas for our court date! I reached out to several of my friends that work in the courts and they all confirmed that Kelleher & Kelleher was STILL, after many many years, the #1 most respected and best Family Lawyers in all of Nevada! We immediately called them from the airport and filled them in on everything, including the fact that we had to be in court in just a few short hours. They immediately got their team together and met us at the Family Court to represent us! They not only represented us amazingly but they were able to get us even MORE visitation than we thought was possible with us being out of state. They shot down all of the other party's lies and we were more than successful in court! If you are dealing with any custody issues or need help knowing ALL your rights (Guys, you have more rights than some of you realize) then it only takes a single consultation with them to KNOW FOR A FACT you will be in the hands of the BEST Family Lawyer Team in Las Vegas. They truly care about not only their clients but the innocent children involved as well. They are 100% honest and truthful and will not ever give you false hope! Thanks you John and Christine for all you have done and continue to do for our family!!!
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Posted by Jill | January 21, 2020
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Outstanding
John and his firm represented me in a child paternity/custody/support case and efficiently obtained a very favorable result for me and my son. He and his team were great communicators and kept me well informed throughout the process. They demonstrated true professionalism, skill and knowledge in handling my case and maximizing the recovery. I am very grateful and highly recommend them.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2018
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Definite recommend
Mr. Kelleher and his staff were in constant contact with me- leading me and guiding me in my custody case every step of the way. They replied to my emails/calls within the same day and gave me sound advice. They settled my case out of court- when the three other attorneys I spoke with said my case would have to go to trial (which would have been time consuming, tiring, and costly). His team worked tirelessly on my case, and I felt like they genuinely cared. I have primary custody of my children now. I will forever be grateful to Mr. Kelleher and his team.
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Posted by Heather | August 9, 2018
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Custody Case
I was referred to John Kelleher to represent me for an extremely stressful and difficult custody case. I was counter sued by my children’s Father to lower his child support. The decision to finally take action had been a long time coming and I was scared. But, John and his staff were so amazing. John is brilliant as a lawyer, but that's really only half the battle when you go through something like this. He was always extremely responsive to questions or concerns that I had and I was constantly contacting his office. His staff was so gracious and attentive. No matter the issue or concern, every single team member was kind, helpful, genuine, warm and welcoming. I was actually excited to go see them when I went into the office because I knew I would always be greeted with a warm welcome. John worked extremely hard, putting in endless hours, never over charging me and never making me feel like he was in it for the fees. And, I can't say enough about the attorneys who worked for him, the paralegals and entire staff. I never felt like I was putting them out or was an annoyance. I can't recommend John and his people enough. They are the BEST!!! After the entire ordeal I won on everything. I won primary physical custody and his child support was actually increased. I didn't even initially ask for that. But John did such a great job. There is no better family law attorney in Las Vegas.
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Posted by TDC | December 6, 2015
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Grade A
John Kelleher is a very professional and well respected lawyer. I felt secure and well taken care of when working with him and his staff. They are extremely efficient. He is cream of the crop in the Las Vegas area!
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2015
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Smart, committed and honest
I hired John midway into my custody trial and immediately before the commencement of the evidentiary hearings. John was able to come up to speed quickly, identify the important details in a complex, highly contested case and he was able to preserve the court's focus on the important details instead of the smoke and mirrors put out by the opposing counsel. John was firm without being overbearing, he focused on the facts and was able to present my case in a clear and direct manner. He was quick on his feet and was able to argue effectively. Opposing counsel consisted of two highly regarded family law attorneys and he was able to deflect their attacks easily and gracefully.
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Posted by Kimberly | August 29, 2015
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Top Tier Trial Attorney: Fabulous Orator with Heart
John came in to handle the trial of a custody suit for my husband and I regarding my husband's daughter. Not only did John get up to speed quickly on the eve of trial in a complex fact intensive matter, he jumped right in and was able to present the myriad of facts in a form easily understood by the judge. John is calm under pressure and impressively countered 3 attorneys as opposing counsel. I am an attorney myself and thus am very critical of any legal representation provided for such an important case- a case that can make or break the life of a child we love. And yet I have ZERO critiques for Mr. Kelleher. In fact, quite, the opposite. I have nothing but glowing reviews of his legal acumen, work ethic and his ability to represent the interests of a little girl who otherwise would not have a voice in the system. He is not only a brilliant attorney but he has compassion and ethics. I am unable to adequately express how grateful we are to John for representing us in this matter and how highly I endorse him as both a client and as a fellow attorney!
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Posted by Melissa | July 8, 2015
John Kelleher and his team are the best you could ask for.
There is nothing more stressful or life consuming than a child custody case. Literally handing your life and that of your child over to an attorney and a judge and trusting them to do the right thing for your family is heartbreaking at times. So you want to be sure you’re choosing someone who you believe in to work hard and represent you the way you should be represented, no matter what you come up against. John Kelleher and his team are the ones you want. I promise you. Through a year and a half of motion after motion, and hearing after hearing, and paperwork that seemed never ending, they never once dropped the ball. Never once did they not return a call or an email or fail to answer a question. And when it came to trial, a situation where generally no one feels at ease and everyone is on edge, they were calm and focused and supportive. At the end of my case, I didn’t feel like there was one thing they could have done better or differently. My son and I are together and happy and can live our lives to the fullest again because of John and his team at Kelleher and Kelleher.
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Posted by Anette | March 31, 2015
REVIEW OF kELLEHER AND KELLEHER
I went to this firm 4 years ago now when I was in dire need of help having emigrated from the UK to the USA and having found myself in a very scary situation and trying to get my daughter from her father. Without going in to too much detail this was one of the only law firms that agreed to help me (and did so) and allowed me to pay over the years in installments, which I have almost paid down. My case was lengthy and more so complicated. I was and remain extremely grateful for all their hard work and representation. John runs a firm with very respectful and genuine staff. I have kept in touch with them over the years and feel safe knowing I can go to John (which I have) with questions or concerns if any problems happen to arise. I now have peace of mind for the future, as well as a good outcome for my custody case that took place in 2011.
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Posted by Joe | March 11, 2015
John is a personable, stellar attorney!
The minute we met John we felt confidence in him. He made us feel comfortable and secure. He treated our case like it was his only one giving us all the time we needed whenever we needed it. He was passionate, involved, and concerned. He gave us great advice all along the way, and we are so grateful we used him for our emotional and sometimes contentious family law case.
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Posted by David | October 4, 2014
If you want the BEST in Family Law, choose John Kelleher!
John Kelleher is my one and only go to attorney for Family Law issues. I've been with John since 2010. John has always represented me in a manner thats second to none. His knowledge and experience is outstanding, in fact he even amazed the presiding Judge at the time with a case law that was reviewed by the judge and further granted me the item in question, unbelievable knowledge. I'm at it again in 2014 with another issue. Who gonna call? John Kelleher, thats who! I'm extremely positive he will deliver positive results once again. John is not only a professional, he is also a compassionate person. John serves his community and also is a Foster Parent. John is an awesome all around person. Thank you John for always taking care of me! I'm very happy to be associated with your firm! I highly recommend John Kelleher to anyone will family law issues and looking for positive results !!!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Pro Tem Hearing Officer
  • Eighth Judicial District Court Of Nevada
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Pico & Mitchell
  • 1996 - 1999

Education

  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Stonehill College
  • 1989

Associations

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Family Lawyer Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Membership
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar
  • Child Custody
  • N/A
  • Seminar
  • Personal Injury and Medical Records
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. endorse this lawyer. He is conscientious and hard working. Furthermore, John Kelleher is very knowledgeable in family law, including child support, alimony, divorce, prenuptial agreements, etc.. Also, he is very fair with his billing. I have referred clients to him in the past. Therefore, I strongly endorse John Kelleher. Attorney Kenji Berliner"
Family Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is known as a highly skilled advocate for his clients. He has practiced almost exclusively in family law for many years and is well respected by his fellow attorneys. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is well-respected and has an excellent reputation as an experienced family law attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the privilege of working with John on several matters and have great respect for him as a person and as an attorney. I recommend his services to clients and friends."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"John Kelleher is a great divorce, child custody, and family attorney. I try to avoid taking family cases, as my area of practice is primarily criminal defense, but I served as opposing counsel to Mr. Kelleher several years ago on a divorce/custody matter. I was truly impressed with Mr. Kelleher's representation of his client. Since then, I have referred everyone who asks me about a family court matter to Mr. Kelleher. Everyone I have sent Mr. Kelleher's way has been impressed by his professionalism, knowledge, experience, and ultimately, the results he gets. John Kelleher is my one and only choice when I have a client who needs a referral for a great family court attorney."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is highly respected within the family law community. He is a skilled advocate with an attention to detail that is difficult to parallel. His trial skills are superb, he has an excellent command of all aspects of trial and a winning record which reflects that."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kelleher is a well qualified family law attorney who cares about his clients and serves them well."
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known John Kelleher for many years and refer my clients for all of their family law matters. He is considered by me to be the most informed, diligent and compassionate family law attorney in the Las Vegas legal community. He also is a great person who donates his time and resources to many charitable organizations. It is indeed my honor and pleasure to endorse John Kelleher as an outstanding attorney in his field."
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Las Vegas Divorce and separation Lawyer John Thomas Kelleher
John Thomas Kelleher
Divorce and separation Attorney
Las Vegas, NV
Licensed for 27 years