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Carl Warren Gilmore

Family Attorney at Crystal Lake, IL

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About Carl

Learn Carl’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Child custody and support, alimony/maintenance,property division, juvenile court, paternity (parentage), appellate issues, guardianship and adoption.

    29 years, 500 cases

  2. Adoption
    I represent adoptive and biological parents in contested and uncontested adoption proceedings. I have litigated termination of parental rights hearings, both from a plaintiff and defendant perspective. I represent children by court appointment.

    26 years, 100 cases

  3. General practice
    Small claims, collections, arbitration, miscellaneous cases.

    21 years, 25 cases

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I recently celebrated 25 years of practice, nearly all of it in family law.  I served as the president of the McHenry County Bar Association, chair and vice chair of the American Bar Association Family Law Section Adoption Committee, vice chair of the ABA FLS Assisted Reproductive Technologies committee, and have held numerous other professional offices.  I wrote a book on paternity law and am the legal contributor for another.  I have also contributed numerous book chapters and articles and lectured on a wide variety of family law issues, including adoption and parentage.

I am an adoptive parent.  I handle a wide variety of family law cases and litigation cases in McHenry County, Illinois.  Most of my practice focuses on child custody, child support, spousal support and property division, and adoption. I am proud to provide quality work, close client contact and value for legal services. 

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Licensed for 28 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1994
Updated 01/06/2023
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1994
Updated 12/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Carl

Metz, Gilmore & Vaclavek
101 N. Virginia St.
Suite 150
Crystal Lake, IL, 60014


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  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Cricel | January 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience.
My husband legally adopted my daughter and we worked with carl through the process. He is very attentive and on top on anything that needs to be done. He followed up with us until we got all the paperwork. Honestly, I thought this process was going to be hard and complicated, but it was the opposite. He made the process smooth, and we recommend his services.
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Posted by Betty | April 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My opinion of attorneys has changed with Carl Gilmore!
What a breath of fresh air with Atty Carl Gilmore! Efficient, knowledgeable, cost effective, explanatory, returns phone calls and is polite! A consult, two phone calls, a letter and the job was complete. I would Highly recommend!
Posted by Sherry | April 24, 2012
Grandparents Seeking Custody
As grandparents seeking custody in the state of Illinois, we knew that our case would be a challenge for which ever lawyer we retained. Atty. Gilmore was actually referred to us by another Family Lawyer in the area. We were told “If I were to choose someone who would give me the biggest challenge, it would be Carl Gilmore.” We felt we chose the right lawyer from the first time we met Carl and we were just as sure we hired the best lawyer we could have hired for our case, even though we did not get the decision we had hoped for. Atty. Gilmore was straightforward and honest with us from the beginning regarding our chances. He was readily available to answer questions and listen to concerns. If he was immediately unavailable when we made a call he always got to us within a very reasonable amount of time. He kept us informed and in the loop about everything that was going on with our case. He provided us with materials and resources to better understand where we stood within our states laws. We worked with Atty. Gilmore for almost 2 ½ years on our case and even though we did not receive the verdict we had hoped for; we are not disappointed with the results we are seeing as a result of his work. If we were in need of legal help in the future, we would not hesitate to call upon Atty. Gilmore.
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Posted by ThomasTamboureas | April 10, 2012
Great Lawyer
I have had 4 ( lawyers and with out a doubt Carl Is the MAN! I was in florida, bing bamn got it done. He wasn't looking to be my best friend he just got it done! BTW he sent me back part of my retainer, he was worth more than he charged....i can't belive i said that. Carl It was a pleasure to give a honest review.. Thomas [removed by Avvo Staff] [removed by Avvo Staff] [removed by Avvo Staff] Fort Myers FL
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Posted by Bill | January 13, 2012
Child custody case (Father)
I found that Mr. Gilmore gave excellent advice and direction for my case. He was realistic in his approach and made sure we made the right decisions before going into court. Once we got into court, it was a slam dunk case that allowed me to obtain residential custody of my boys.


  • Hourly Rates $ 220-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Metz, Gilmore & Vaclavek
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Woodstock Legal Consultants
  • 2007 - 2018
  • Instructor of Paralegal Studies
  • College of Lake County
  • 2006 - 2008


  • U Of Wisconsin
  • JD
  • 1994
  • U of Illinois
  • BS
  • 1991


  • Rotary Club of Woodstock Morning
  • President, other offices
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Committee chairs, committee member
  • 1994 - Present
  • McHenry County Bar Association
  • President, other offices
  • 1994 - 2001

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Pro Bono award
  • Prairie State Legal Services
  • 2013
  • Young Lawyer of the Year Award
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2000


  • Family Advocate
  • Retainer Agreements
  • 2020
  • Illinois Family Law book
  • Adoption chapter
  • 2015
  • Illinois Family Law book
  • Parentage chapter
  • 2015
  • Disputed Parentage Proceedings
  • Consulting Attorney
  • 2011
  • IICLE Causes of Action -- Parentage
  • Author
  • 2011
  • Family Advocate
  • When Daddy is Full of Doubt
  • 2009
  • Illinois Parentage Law
  • Author
  • 2002
  • Illinois Bar Journal
  • Challenging DNA in Paternity Cases
  • 2002
  • Illinois Bar Journal
  • Understanding the Illinois Child's Representative Statute
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • McHenry County Bar Association
  • Guardians Ad Litem
  • 2019
  • Meeting
  • ART History Lesson
  • 2010
  • Hot Tips from the Experts
  • The Adoption Tax Credit
  • 2010
  • CLE Conference
  • Red Flags and Antennae (Client management)
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Endorse Carl
Family Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carl Gilmore is a highly talented and caring attorney in McHenry County. He is very knowledgable about divorce, adoption, and family law. I have known him for many years and his commitment to his clients, and the profession as a whole, is astonishing. I recommend this attorney without hesitation."
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Crystal Lake Family Lawyer Carl Warren Gilmore
Carl Warren Gilmore
Family Attorney
Crystal Lake, IL
Licensed for 28 years