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James Michael Kelly

Divorce and separation Attorney at Palatine, IL

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1994
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About James

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Attorney James M. Kelly believes that every case is really a matter of problem-solving. Drawing on his 20 years of legal experience, James M. Kelly helps clients in Palatine, Illinois, and the surrounding areas find effective solutions in family law, bankruptcy, estate planning and criminal defense.

He understands the financial and emotional difficulties his clients face. As such, he works personally with each one toward the most cost-effective and fair resolutions for his or her case.

Attorney Kelly is deeply committed to finding amicable solutions wherever possible. As an active member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, he uses his negotiation and mediation skills to help clients work through their issues without going to trial wherever possible. However, he is always prepared to represent their interests in court if necessary.

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The Law Offices of James M. Kelly
600 N. North Court, suite 115
Palatine, IL, 60067

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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce Mom
Very successful result acquired through Jim’s efforts and hardwork involving my divorce. I reside 1,000 miles away from Jim and communication and follow through by Jim throughout the process.
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Bet lawyer I ever had
Jim had to be the best lawyer I ever worked with. He was extremely professional and detailed in my case. Not only that, he was also a human being and became someone to which I held my confidence in. I have used other lawyers in the past that completely soured my attitude of lawyers. But Jim restored my faith. Not only did represent me in a messy and complicated divorce, which had an overwhelming great outcome for me, but I had enough faith in him to continue with other legal matter (Trust, will, etc) for not only me, but others in my family as well. He is and always will be my attorney. I recommend him with absolutely no doubt in my mind.
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Posted by Laura | September 24, 2018
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Great Attorney, Compassionate Counsel
I walked into Jim Kelly’s office a nervous wreck. I walked out feeling confident and comfortable that things would get better. Jim assured me he would work with me a take care if everything. ... and he did! Very knowledgeable and compassionate attorney! I would definitely recommend him.
Posted by Roy | January 22, 2015
Made my bankruptcy a very smooth and stress-free business.
I was referred to Jim by a friend when I came to the conclusion that I needed to file bankruptcy. The prospect of bankruptcy is scary enough, but the stories you hear about how complicated it is and how it will affect your life going forward are almost as bad. Jim calmed my fears and made everything so easy. He told me exactly what I needed to do, how long the process would take and what positive steps I could take post-bankruptcy to begin to get my financial life in order. Essentially, he took what was a very negative event in my life and made it much easier. With Jim, I didn't have to worry that I was doing anything incorrectly. I can't recommend his services highly enough. If you're looking for someone extremely competent, professional and understanding, don't hesitate to give him a call.
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Posted by Patrick | January 9, 2015
Great Representation
Dear Jim: I would like to thank you again for the extremely professional Representation you provided during my Bankruptcy Proceeding. My Bankruptcy was quite difficult however, your diligent attention made us feel comfortable that we would be successful....and we were! I will outline the Case History as a Testimonial to share our experience and to express our appreciation for what an exceptional job you did for us. In the fall of 2011, I was forced to file for Bankruptcy Protection due to a Business Failure. I did receive my discharge and, unfortunately and to my great surprise, my Business Partner filed an Adversary Proceeding in late 2013. The 55 Count Complaint included Fraud, Embezzlement etc. Although the Complaint was largely without Merit, there were some real concerns. By this time my Wife and I were very concerned and extremely nervous about the direction the Case was heading. We were introduced to Mr. Kelly in late August 2014 when the Case was almost a year old and appeared to not be heading in our favor and Trial was already scheduled for November 21st, 2014! From the moment Mr. Kelly took the Case, my Wife and I were impressed with the attention he gave to our concerns. We know he placed other important business on hold to get up to speed with our Case. Mr. Kelly concentrated on understanding the Case and both preparing for Trial and preparing me for Trial. His Court presence was very professional and I was well prepared. The Trial was completed in one day and the Court found in my favor on all Counts. Thank you again Mr. Kelly for the very professional representation you provided! Patrick
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Priciple
  • Law Offices of James M. Kelly
  • 1995 - Present
  • Professor
  • McCormick Junior College
  • 1996 - 1998


  • University of Missouri
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Southern Illinois University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Aschman v. Aschman
  • After trial the judge awarded 30% of the fathers income to the mother on top of 28% for child support.


  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce with Dignity
  • Divorce
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse James
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Kelly was opposing counsel on a matter we had together."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Kelly for about 20 years. He is experienced in matters of divorce and bankruptcy and is quite knowledgeable as to both topics. He has been involved in fairly complicated cases involving custody and financial matters and handles them with care and expertise."

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Palatine Divorce and separation Lawyer James Michael Kelly
James Michael Kelly
Divorce and separation Attorney
Palatine, IL
Licensed for 29 years