Debra handles cases involving divorce, custody, visitation, domestic violence, guardianship, and adoption in Dupage, Kane, and surrounding counties. She is adept at counseling her clients as to the proper course of action and regularly handles trials, pretrial conferences, evidentiary hearings, and contested motions in her cases. Debra is also a skilled negotiator – as comfortable developing and presenting a complex settlement proposal as she is evaluating and responding to a settlement proposal presented by her opponent. Whether she's handling litigated cases or negotiating settlements, Debra's skills help achieve the best possible results for her clients.
An advocate of alternative dispute resolution in family law matters, Debra was among the first attorneys in Illinois to receive training in collaborative law. Approximately half of Debra’s divorce practice is comprised of collaborative cases, and she is actively involved in the Illinois and international collaborative law professional organizations. Debra is also a Family Law Arbitrator, having received her arbitration certificate from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Debra achieves an out-of-court settlement in 95% of her divorce cases, a success rate she attributes to meticulous case preparation, excellent client communication, and a willingness to aggressively try the case when settlement options have been exhausted.
Debra demonstrates her commitment to professional responsibility through her active involvement in local bar associations, not-for-profit divorce educational organizations, and as a hearing officer for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
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Ms. Braselton is considered to be one of the finest family law attorneys in DuPage County and is well known for her exemplary skills in the family law arena. Ms. Braselton has the reputation for being highly ethical and honest, and she brings civility to the family law profession. She does not engage in needless litigation, but rather chooses to resolve her cases efficiently and effectively. I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Braselton in numerous contested and collaborative law cases in her capacity as the opposing counsel over the past several years. Collaborative law is a process that allows the parties to facilitate their own divorce settlement. Ms. Braselton is known as being an outstanding member in the collaborative law community.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1994||11/12/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Owner||The Law Firm of Debra J. Braselton, P.C.||1999 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Hinsdale Zoning Board of Appeals||Chairperson||2009 - 2014|
|Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois||Director, officer||2007 - 2009|
|DuPage County Bar Association||Chair, Child Advocacy Committee||2005 - 2006|
|Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission||Chair, Hearing Board||2004 - Present|
|18th Judicial Circuit||Court appointed guardian ad litem and child representative||2002 - Present|
|Divorce Source||10 Things You Need to do if Divorce is Imminent||2009|
|Illinois State Bar Association Catalyst||Collaborative Divorce||2008|
|Dupage County Bar Association||Non-Traditional Families and Alternative Family Building: Securing Parental Rights for Intended Parents||2007|
|Loyola University Chicago School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Rush University||Nurse Midwifery||Masters||1986|
|Rush University||Nursing||BS - Bachelor of Science||1984|
|Guardian ad Litem Training for Probate||Contested Adoption and Guardianship matters||2014|
|Illinois Legislature Continuing Legal Education||Collaborative Family Law and the Uniform Collaborative Law Act||2013|
|Adoption training for GAL's||Contested Adoption||2012|
|Surviving the Storm of Divorce||Divorce Litigation||2010|
|Adoption - Practical Pitfalls to Avoid||Contested Adoption||2007|
|Guardian ad Litem certification training||Privacy of Medical Records in Divorce Cases||2005|