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Posted by Brad, a Divorce client,
I engaged Sullivan Taylor & Gumina midstream of my divorce and was assigned Raif as my attorney. I had wanted Gumina, but Raif impressed me in our first meeting and I continued with the arrangement. I'm glad I did.
In terms of expectations, Raif met any I had; in fact, I believe he exceeded nearly all of them. Even his physical appearance and manner in the courtroom set him apart from the others - he stood alone in a courtroom of wrinkled suits and bad haircuts.
I know there is a very narrow intersection of the traits 'professional' and 'personable'. Raif defines that intersection. He absolutely never spoke badly of my wife or her attorney, and clearly avoided the 'win at all costs' dogma, instead advocating fairness and consideration for our son.
And he steered me away from a course of action that most likely would have cost a great deal of money yet produced no meaningful results.
I will unequivocally engage Raif as needed in the future.
Please know this is not just some fluff review. I have chosen these words carefully to ensure they represent my true opinion as well as fact. Under different circumstances I believe Raif and I probably would have become friends and shared a Bourbon (or two).
Posted by a Divorce client,
Recently, I found myself in the unenviable position of having to hire a "big guns" litigator to replace a friend-of-a-friend, jack of all trades lawyer. My original lawyer was hired merely to review a presuit agreement my ex and I negotiated with the help of a respected Mediator. When my ex hired a "top shelf" divorce lawyer to review the agreement, the otherwise incredibly fair terms of our MSA quickly imploded. I found myself in the heart-wrenching position of ratcheting up for a fight that I could easily afford if I liquidated my kid's inherited college money, but that I knew would wreak havoc on my children. Knowing I had to hire an attorney with equal experience and reputation in Dupage County, I researched the right choice ad nauseum. After narrowing down the pool of possible lawyers, I sent out 3 generic inquiries on firm websites. Not but 10 minutes later, I got a return call from Raif, which led to a 2 hour gratis, in-person consultation where I learned for the first time about my options, the likely outcome of a trial, the cost of my expected battle and the divorce process. Within 48 hours I hired Raif, and less than two weeks later my divorce was final with modified but generally fair terms. Although Raif was well aware I had the money to fight the big fight, he honored and respected my wishes to avoid a long and protracted battle for the benefit of my kids and encouraged me to keep the lines of communications open.
In my situation, time was of the essence in order to refinance the marital home in my name so that the kids could stay put, and it was imperative that Raif prioritize my case and get my ex's completely non-responsive lawyer to get off her tail and actually do something/anything. Raif and his whole firm were available to me at all times, and Raif even walked over to my ex's lawyer's office to track her down when she maddeningly wouldn't return calls or e-mails. Perhaps most importantly, Raif talked me off the ledge of resentment and anger many times, and refocused me on the task at hand - to finish the divorce so that my kids and I could move forward. His knowledge of the law was second to none, and there wasn't a single moment in time when I questioned his legal expertise.
At every step in the process, I knew Raif could get me "more" if we went to trial, but that was not the right path for me and Raif could sense my need for closure. Thus, he employed a strategy with the other lawyer to get this case done via reasonable compromise, and in the end that is exactly what happened. I suspect you would be hard pressed to find more than two other divorce lawyers in Dupage County who could/would sacrifice a sure-thing hefty fee as Raif did in my case.
I trust Raif. I like Raif. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to refer him to others. Divorce is horrible, but mine is a success story of sorts, to which I owe Raif enormous credit.
Posted by Christian, a Divorce client,
Raif was involved in a post-decree (divorce) issue for me. There was alot of history on the case prior to his coming on the scene. He picked right up on the situation and while he did not always agree with my position or strategy, argued the issues carefully and well. In the end, he prevailed quite well and covered my risk. He plays his cards well and his experience is evident.
Posted by Mike, a Divorce client,
Collaborative law cases are supposed to take half the time and cost significantly less than going to court. I was led to believe this in my initial consultation. My ex and I were on amicable terms. My attorney advised a 50-50 split on income and assets. Pretty uncomplicated and straight forward. It took 2 1/2 years and cost $30,000. Attorney lacked tenacity and project management skills. The partners at Sullivan Taylor and Gumina never responded to my concerns. I'm certain they were elated with Mr. Palmer's billable hours.
Posted by Dino M, a Divorce client,
Mr. Raiford Palmer is an excellent attorney!!!! I've done work with other attorneys but nothing like Mr. Palmer!!!! I give him an A+ because he knows what he's doing and his worth every dollar!!! Great advice and great guidance!!! Trust me you won't be disappointed......
Posted by Lurana, a Divorce client,
Raiford Palmer has represented me through a few years of challenging divorce and child custody proceedings. He has consistently given me good advice in a professional, compassionate way that helps me feel informed and in control of my case. There were many difficult circumstances with my situation, but his strategic judgement in handling my case has proven to be right on target. His experience, knowledge and insight have made a big difference for me.
Posted by a Child Custody client,
I highly recommend Raiford Palmer. He was my attorney for addressing Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction And Enforcement Act - UCCJEA for my child. He is a true gentleman. He coached me and advised me through my complex case involving two states and he sacrificed his vacation time to accommodate my court date. He has a great team of attorneys young and energetic and are super smart and prompt in addressing emergency requests.
I highly recommend Raif and his team, you will not regret the choice. He is simply the best.
Posted by Jim DeAno, a Personal Injury client,
I tried a case against Raif a few years ago and he did an excellent job. He had a tough case on the facts and had to overcome a few immunities, but despite all the obstacles he was very effective in court. He is honest, trustoworthy and a pleasure to work with. He always took the time to explain everything we were doing in court to his client who did not speak english. He filed all the necessary pre trial motions and did a very effective cross examinaiton of my client. I'd definately refer personal injury plaintiffs to him.
Posted by Katie, a Divorce client,
If I had to use one word to describe Raif, it would be genuine. He truly cared about my well being, both in the short- and long-term after my divorce. During my complimentary consultation, he spent a lot of time understanding my situation and case needs. I liked the way the payment process went at Sullivan, Taylor & Gumina (the firm at which I found Raif), billed monthly with itemized receipts. The paralegals were easily accessible via email, and the receptionist was very kind.
Raif was accommodating to my schedule, considered my needs and was knowledgeable towards my case. If I had to give constructive criticism, I'd say I felt a bit uninformed at times, but that was largely due to the opposing counsel's delayed responses. Raif and his team worked quickly, which I truly appreciated. The divorce process, from start to finish, took much longer than Raif and I anticipated but again, Raif nor his team were at fault for that. My case was simple and Raif did his best to expedite the process on his end.
I would definitely use Raif's services in the future and have recommended him to friends looking for a divorce lawyer in the Chicagoland area.
Posted by Shannon, a Divorce client,
Raif was always available and responded quickly to any inquiries I had. He answered questions and was very attentive when explaining the legal process to me since I am a young woman who was going through a divorce. He was extremely knowledgeable and kept me informed of the entire process step by step. I highly recommend Raif.