Jeffrey P. O'Kelley

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Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Lake Forest, IL

Lesser Lutrey Pasquesi & Howe, LLP
 | 191 E. Deerpath Rd., Suite 300
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: 847-295-8800
Fax: 847-295-8886
Selected To Rising Stars: 2019
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (80%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%)
Attorney Profile

Jeffrey P. O’Kelley is an associate attorney at Lesser Lutrey Pasquesi & Howe, LLP, in Lake Forest, Illinois. Mr. O’Kelley focuses his practice on estates and trusts litigation, estate planning and administration, and other commercial litigation matters. He serves clients in state and federal courts throughout the state of Illinois.

Mr. O’Kelley received his Illinois law license in 2009. He practices before all Illinois state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and has extensive litigation experience at the state and appellate levels.

Over the course of his career, Mr. O’Kelley has litigated complex matters involving fiduciary disputes, financial exploitation, guardianships, trust constructions, and trust and will contests. Some of his notable published cases include In re Estate of Walsh (2012 IL App (2d) 110938) and In re Estate of LaPlume (2014 IL App (2d) 130945).

In addition to his practice, Mr. O’Kelley authors articles for publications, including the Illinois Bar Journal, the Docket, published by the Lake County Bar Association and the trusts and estates newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association. He enjoys speaking and lecturing on estate planning topics at various conferences and seminars.

Mr. O’Kelley stays active in his legal community through membership in professional organizations. He belongs to the Lake County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English and rhetoric from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mr. O’Kelley received his law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating with honors. Following law school, he practiced at a Chicago-based insurance defense litigation firm before joining Lesser Lutrey Pasquesi & Howe, LLP.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate & Trust Litigation (80%): Will Contests

Estate Planning & Probate (20%): Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Focus Areas

Will Contests, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


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Rising Stars: 2019

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  • Lake County Bar Association Trusts and Estates Committee, Annual committee seminar 

  • April 2016: Overview and Analysis of Estate of LaPlume, Libertyville, IL, LCBA

  • About Jeffrey O'Kelley

    Admitted: 2009, Illinois

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    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Lake County Bar Association, Member, 2011 - Present 
    • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 2010 - Present
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2010 
    • Illinois, 2009

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • November 2016: The Ernie Banks Estate Controversy, Lake Forest, IL, LCBA
    • March 2017: An Overview of Wills and Trusts, Round Lake, IL
    • July 2015: Wills and Trusts, Everyday Law radio program, 98.3 WRLR FM
    • February 2016: The Basics of Estate Planning, Waukegan, IL LCBA
    • November 2015: Powers of Attorney, Everyday Law radio program, 98.3 WRLR FM
    • The Evolving Law Surrounding Quantum Meruit Claims (co-author), ISBA Trusts and Estates Newsletter, Vol. 59, No. 6, 2013
    • June 2015: Ethical Considerations in the Trust and Estate Context Waukegan, IL, LCBA
    • Financial Exploitation of an Elderly Person or Person with a Disability (co-author), Lake County Bar Association Docket, May, 2017 
    • Probate and ‘Underwater’ Real Estate: The Promise of LaPlume (co-author), Illinois Bar Journal, June, 2015


    • In re Estate of LaPlume, 2014 IL App (2d) 130945 (2nd Dist. App. Ct. 2014)
    • In re Estate of Walsh, 2012 IL App (2d) 110938 (2nd Dist. App. Ct. 2012)

    Educational Background:

    • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, B.A. - 2004, Major: English and Rhetoric 
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    191 E. Deerpath Rd.
    Suite 300
    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    Phone: 847-295-8800

    Fax: 847-295-8886

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