James T. Keleher


James T. Keleher, Partner

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 health issues, 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


B.A. Political Science, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
J.D. The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois

Bar Associations

Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
West Suburban Bar Association

Charitable Organizations

Opportunity Knocks, Auxiliary Board Member
Kathleen Marian Garrigan Leadership Scholarship
Joshua Davis Scholarship Fund

James Thomas Keleher is one of the top rated rising stars           2017-2018           Conniff Law Offices have been selected to the National Advocates Top 40 list for Family Law.           

– Jim O., Western Springs (from Yelp)

– Chris W., Chicago (from Yelp)

– Rebecca M., Chicago (from Yelp)

– Eric S., Albuquerque (from Yelp)

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