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About me

Prior to becoming an attorney I was on active duty in the United States Army. I am a Member of the Illinois Bar Association and am a former member of the Illinois Bar Association General Assembly and the Local Government Section.  In addtion, I provide free services to Prairie State Legal Services.  I am deeply involved in community activities as a member of the Crystal Lake Lions Club  and the Knights of Columbus.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    24 years
  2. Family: 25%
    24 years
  3. Business: 20%
    24 years
  4. Bankruptcy & Debt: 15%
    14 years
  5. General Practice: 5%
    24 years



Hourly ($200-280/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Kelly. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Matuszewich Kelly & McKeever LLP

101 N. Virginia Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL, 60014

Matuszewich Kelly & McKeever LLP

228 S Wabash Avenue, Suite 410
Chicago, IL, 60604-2380



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199111/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
ServicePrairie State Legal Services2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMatuszewich, Kelly & McKeever, LLP2005 - Present
AttorneyChmiel & Matuszewich2002 - 2004
Sr. Litigation AttorneyMcHenry County States Attorney1993 - 2002
PartnerLaw offices of James P. Kelly1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationCommercial Banking Section Council2013 - 2014
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember of the General Assembly2013 - 2014
Illinois State Bar Association, Commercial, Banking and Bankruptcy Law SectionN/A2011 - Present
Illinois Township Attorneys AssociationEditor of the Illinois Township Attorney’s Newsletter2010 - Present
Lions ClubMember2004 - Present
Knights of ColumbusMember2004 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
McHenry County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois TownsN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Resource Bank v. Richard Turner,Finding for Defendants in Counter Complaint
Peeples v. Village of JohnsburgJudgment in favor of Plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
ITA NewsletterJurisdictional Transfer of Roads2013
Illinois Township Attorney's Association NewsletterHiring a Township Attorney2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Canisius CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Illinois Township Attorneys Association Annual SeminarHiring Township Attorneys, Potential Conflicts of Interests of Township Attorneys2013
Fast and Furious SeminarDuties and Responsibilities of Township Officials2013
Duties and Responsibilities of Township OfficialsDuties and Responsibilities of Township Officials2013
Northern Illinois Highway Commissioners Association.Tort ImmunityN/A