Brett M. Buckley


"People come to our office at the outset of a divorce case vulnerable and exposed, both emotionally and financially.  My goal is to make sure our clients are protected on all fronts and are well-prepared to begin a new chapter in their lives.  My clients expect superior results and that’s something I take seriously."


More often than not, the best position at the negotiation table is the product of an even better position at trial. Applying that philosophy through careful listening, extensive preparation, and aggressive litigation, Brett M. Buckley provides an individualized approach to each case and works tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for his clients in their divorce and custody disputes.

An associate attorney with Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, Mr. Buckley represents business owners, executives, professionals, celebrities, professional athletes, people with multigenerational wealth and their spouses in divorce and parental responsibility (formerly "custody") disputes, as well as in the preparation of premarital and post-nuptial agreements. Beginning as a law clerk with the firm in 2011 and as an associate attorney in 2013, Mr. Buckley concentrates his practice exclusively in the area of family law, including the distribution of multi-million dollar estates and complicated parental and child-related disputes.

A life-long Chicago-area resident who grew up on the city’s south side, Mr. Buckley attended Mount Carmel High School, earned his Bachelor’s Degree from North Central College in Naperville, and earned his Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School. While in law school, Mr. Buckley focused his studies on trial advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and family law.  Mr. Buckley's diverse litigation and alternative dispute resolution experience and skills enable him to employ a custom tailored approach to each case.

Mr. Buckley has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer “Rising Star” since 2016, and a Leading Lawyers "Emerging Lawyer" since 2017. In addition to his legal work, Mr. Buckley is actively involved in local bar associations through leadership roles, as well as speaking and writing engagements. Mr. Buckley also volunteers his time with the Michael Matters Foundation, a non-profit organization established for the purpose of raising awareness and funds for the treatment of glioblastoma brain tumors.

Awards and Honors

Leading Lawyers - Emerging Lawyer (2017-2018)

Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star (2016-2018)

Leadership Roles

Lake County Bar Association Facilities Remodel Fundraising Committee 2017

Lake County Circuit Court Local Court Rules Subcommittee 2015

Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers’ Section Family Law Committee: Co-chair 2013-14 

Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers’ Section Family Law Committee Legislative Liaison 2012-13

Publications and Presentations

Speaker: "Gifts and Purchases in Contemplation of Marriage"-Lake County Bar Association Family Law Section Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (2015)

Assisted Author and Presenter Anita M. Ventrelli in preparing "Alimony: The State of the States - Where Are We Now?" National Counsel of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' Judicial Institute: Family Law, Spring 2013.

Articles and Publications

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