John Marshall Law School, J.D. (2013)
North Central College, B.S. (2010)

More often than not, the best position at the negotiation table is the product of an even better position at trial. Applying that theory 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 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 custody disputes.

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2021)
  • Leading Lawyers - Emerging Lawyer (2018-2020)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star (2016-2020)
  • Illinois (2013)

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

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 has earned recognition in the practice area of Family Law by The Best Lawyers in America for 2021.  He has also been named to the "Emerging Lawyers" list by Illinois Leading Lawyers since 2018 and to the Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list every year since 2016.  Mr. Buckley is actively involved in local bar associations through leadership roles, as well as speaking and writing engagements. He 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.

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Lake County Bar Association