Marilynn  Dye

Marilynn Dye

mjdye@jameskellylawfirm.comT.309-679-0900 F.309-679-0919

Marilynn Dye is an attorney for the firm with 20+ years of experience in family law, criminal/traffic defense, contract law, civil litigation, estate planning and probate. Marilynn represents individuals and corporate clients in areas of complex contract negotiations, family law (adoption, guardianships, child custody and support issues), misdemeanor/felony/traffic violations, employment agreements, and general civil litigation.

Marilynn grew up in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas, and after attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, she lived in Chicago for over 25 years.  She has since relocated to central Illinois. Marilynn supports all major sporting teams in Illinois and will gladly share her experiences over the years at Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, the United Center, and the re-named Comiskey Park.  When not helping her clients, she enjoys spending time volunteering at local shelters, participating in community events, swimming, and walking her dogs.


  • University of Illinois Chicago Law School, LL.M., 1999
  • University of Illinois Chicago Law School, J.D., 1998
  • Northwestern University, B.S., 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois and Federal Bankruptcy Court

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association


  • Minority Legal Education Resources of Chicago, Tutor for Illinois Bar Exam 10 years

About Us

JKLF is a premiere boutique litigation firm, specializing in mass and catastrophic complex claims. JKLF is a national firm with offices in Illinois, the St. Louis Metro Area, and New York. We are trial lawyers that have decades of collective experience representing our clients in complex litigation. We are courtroom advocates. Our size and selectivity allow us to provide preeminent legal services. Our clients receive zealous representation and personalized attention from our experienced attorneys on every case and at every stage throughout the litigation. JKLF fosters an environment that promotes teamwork and collaboration, and where our lawyers are confident to explore new and creative ways to assist our clients. Our clients value and trust us because we offer more than legal counsel. We understand client priorities and become partners and trusted advisors. At JKLF, we pride ourselves on our talent, teamwork, and results. From jury trials and bench trials, to arbitrations and appeals, our litigation team is consistently recognized for successfully handling complex, high-stakes matters for our clients in challenging venues across the country.