5.0 stars 35 totalReview Raiford Palmer
Posted by Bill
I was very pleased to be represented by Raif Palmer and the whole team at Sullivan Taylor & Gumina. Raif is surrounded by a great team of professionals who do top-quality work in family law and work as a team to improve their craft. I felt well cared for. My concerns were always addressed. I could easily contact Raif by text any time. He managed my case well. Now looking back after a few months I can say the result was good. My case was simple on paper -- what made mine difficult was a difficult ex. My ex would just say no and stonewall for literally 15 months. Raif used the process to eventually get a resolution.
Divorce is so difficult, emotionally painful, and costly. But that's just it - that's just divorce. I can't change divorce, I can't change the painfully slow legal process. All I could do was get a good therapist and a good attorney.
Posted by Brooke
For several years I searched for an attorney who would take my case to heart and advocate for me as if I was his own family. All the attorneys I had ever worked with were only interested in making money and getting a quick result. Raif was everything I had looked for and more. He was extremely kind, understanding, he listened to every fact I gave and used it. In court he was brilliant, knowing just what to say at every moment. He won a nearly impossible case for me and I am so grateful. Most of all though, he kept interactions between me and the opposing attorney and my ex calm and stress free just because of his approach. Thank you thank you thank you, you have saved my life !!
Posted by Hugo
If you are reading this review you are likely going through one of the most difficult times of your life. My prayers go to you to make it through the best you can.
My process was very difficult as we were dealing with an irrational counter-party filled with hatred. This made the process long, difficult, frustrating uncertain.
Raif was excellent at drawing the best path for us and always being the voice of reason and the expert advise to keep us on track.
Many times things heated up horribly and I was tempted to fall into the same game and respond in kind; Raif always helped me cool down and keep our target on sight avoiding wasting time and money on useless emotional responses. He really was the cool-minded and expert guide I needed to see this process through.
My divorce process was absolutely horrible, but having Raif guiding me through it made the difference that allowed me to carry until the end.
Going through what you are about to go through cannot be pleasant, but having someone like Raif support you through it would make a huge difference. Best of luck!
Posted by Mike
Raif was my divorce attorney this year. According to Raif, I was a high income individual so protecting my interests while being fair (my concern) was paramount. I must say that not only was I pleased with Raif's knowledge through the process and demeanor in the joint sessions, but also I was especially pleased with ability to make sure the division of assets was fair and in the best interest of both parties (something I requested).
Following the divorce, I needed counsel on other topics - an employment contract, estate planning and a prenuptial agreement. Raif put me in touch with other highly qualified attorneys that were a pleasure to work with. I was very happy with Raif's ability to put me in touch with the right attorneys with the right personalities.
Posted by Tiffany
The very nature of the process of divorce is not easy. I was grateful that I had the help of Raif Palmer. He walked me through the collaborative process and answered all my questions. He listened to my concerns and treated me with compassion. In situations where, at times, I felt helpless and overwhelmed, Raif kept me calm and focused while addressing my concerns. One thing I would have appreciated having was a checklist of decisions that I needed to make along the way to keep things moving. I think this would have helped the process go even smoother. With that being said, I cannot stress enough how important it was, ultimately, to have someone just listen and show compassion during this very stressful time. I am happy to say that Raif did just that. Thank you for your help and guidance, I am very appreciative.
Posted by Brad
Ive been divorced for 12 years and Ive been in and out of the Du page county court room almost every year. Ive been threw a 2 year custody battle and several lawyers fending off false claims from my ex wife, each one of them seem to give me false hope and have taken me down a dead end street and taken me for thousands of dollars.. I honestly hated all lawyers. I decided to take a chance on Mr Palmer after reading his reviews and after my ex petitioned me back to court. This is a no bull review, he is at the very least must see if you need a divorce lawyer. He is honest, respectful, and sincere, my only regret is that I didn't stumble across him sooner..
Posted by Brad
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
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
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.