Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Gabrielle M. Buckley, J.D.

Gabrielle brings extensive experience in international law, human rights, social justice, diversity, and the empowerment of women and children to the Gannon Center. In addition to her role as Director of the Gannon Center, she also serves on the Quinlan Business School's Baumhart Center Faculty Council. Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Mundelein College and a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University. She is an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School and previously lectured on Business Law at Northwestern University.

Gabrielle is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) 12-member Commission on Women in the Profession, leads the ABA International Law Section’s Committee on the 19th Amendment, and co-chairs the International Section’s Women’s Interest Network. She also serves on the International Committee of DirectWomen, an organization that prepares women to serve on corporate boards around the world.

Gabrielle previously chaired the ABA’s 24,000-member International Law Section and represents the Section in the ABA’s House of Delegates. She serves on the Leadership Council of the National Immigrant Justice Center, and previously served on the boards of the Federal Bar Association (Chicago), RefugeeONE, the United Nations Association, Chicago Chapter and WorldChicago, both of which she chaired. She is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from international law, women’s issues, immigration, access to justice, and entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership in 2018, Gabrielle spent 17 years as a shareholder/partner with the Corporate Department of Vedder Price P.C., an AmLaw 200 law firm with seven offices around the world. She served on the Firm’s Pro Bono and Diversity Committees for many years and formed and chaired the Firm’s International Practice Group. She counseled organizations in many industries on all aspects of international direct investment, global employment/immigration law compliance, and global business immigration law. She previously practiced corporate law with Katten Muchin Rosenman and Kelley Drye & Warren in Chicago and New York. Ms. Buckley also served in the roles of Assistant Corporate Secretary and Antitrust Counsel with Borg-Warner Corporation and Borg-Warner Automotive, Inc. in Chicago and Troy, Michigan.

Gabrielle holds an “AV Preeminent” Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell and is ranked in Chambers Global. She has been an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2013, being named one of the publication’s “Top Women Attorneys in Illinois” in that year. She has also been recognized as “Corporate Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Gabrielle and her son live in Chicago, IL. 

She can be reached directly at gbuckley1@luc.edu or 773-508-8435.