Who We Are


J. Paye & Associates has been going strong since its start in 2009, with the purpose of providing clients quality legal services in business, entertainment and real estate.

Johnetta G. Paye, Esq., the lead attorney of J. Paye & Associates, is a graduate of John Marshall Law School, with experience in journalism, too. This gives Paye’s position when working with clients, specifically entertainment clients, the inside scoop on how to better market products and negotiate contracts within the industry. Past client work includes films (“A Sunshine Day” at the 2016 Black Harvest Film Festival), film projects (Eugene Bush of E-Tre Productions), and musicians (Hypnotic Brass, Belo from Do or Die, Tressa Thomas from “The Five Heartbeats” and “Star Search”).

Savvy with real estate projects, Paye teamed up with two Chicago professionals (MaryAnn Marsh, a real estate broker and co-owner of Chicago’s M Lounge, and Michael Maze, Esq., of the Mazek Law Group LLC) to work with both new and established homeowners. In their four-part collaboration video series, they give real estate tips on short sales, foreclosures, loan modification and more. Paye is also Of Counsel at Greene and Letts, where she handles transactional matters for the firm’s clients such as negotiations between condo owners and condo association disputes.

In both the entertainment and real estate industry, having a holistic understanding of the business world is a necessity. Paye uses her business background to further guide aspiring entrepreneurs in creating their own success. At the Wilton School of Baking in Illinois, Paye co-teaches the “Building a Successful Cake Business” course.

On an International scale, J. Paye & Associates is the team behind the “African Business Quarterly” publication, the liaison for companies networking with an international Chinese manufacturing company, and the law firm that has handled five-figure settlement deals and consumer fraud action lawsuits.

The J. Paye & Associates difference:

  • We are entrepreneurs and risk takers.
  • We are lawyers who are approachable and great listeners.
  • We encourage our clients to communicate openly with us.
  • We build personal relationships with our clients.
  • We believe in collaboration and teamwork.
  • We are passionate about the law and getting results for our clients.
  • We believe that legal services should be affordable.


Our attorneys are ready to help.

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Meet our team


Johnetta G. Paye, Esq.  |  Founding Partner


Dozie Okpalaobieri, Esq.  |  Of Counsel


John Dolen  |  Paralegal