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|Volunteer Lawyers Program||Lake County Bar Association||2012|
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|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||Judicial Subcircuits: What are they? Why have them? Where do we go from here?||2008|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||When Can I Appeal a "Final" Judgment?||2007|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||Dispositive Motions in Family Law Cases||2006|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||An Introduction to the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act||2005|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||Changes to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 237 Have Arrived||2005|
|The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association||An Alternative to Prison Sentences for "Non-Probationable" Offenses: The Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act||1994|
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|Washington, D.C.||Retainers for Attorney's Fees, To Whom Does Your Retainer Belong||2008|
|Santa Monica, CA||When Can I Appeal a "Final" Judgment? Considerations for Family Law Practitioners||2007|
|Urbana, IL||Sexually Violent and Dangerous Persons' Cases: A Nuts and Bolts Primer||2006|
|Savannah, GA||Dispositive Motions in Family Law Cases, 2-619 Motion to Dismiss, Motion for Summary Judgment, Motion for Declaratory Judgment||2005|
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Posted by Steve
Dwayne was my second attorney during my divorce. I initially retained the Fathers' Rights attorney who is all over TV and radio in Chicagoland. Fathers' Rights don't exist. It's a marketing gimmick that preys on the higher wage earner which is usually the father.
When I interviewed Dwayne, I was shocked at how polar opposite he was from the previous attorney. I did not like what I heard. My ideas on how the court system worked were fatally flawed. At the end of the case, his initial statements at the interview regarding the likely outcome of my divorce were accurate. No fairy tales from Dwayne and no empty promises.
His courtroom demeanor is really good. During one of the pre-trials in chambers, other attorneys in the courtroom were even commenting about his tenacity. He didn't win every argument but he won most.
My only criticism would be that he advised me to move out of the marital home as I was afraid of being arrested on false allegations of Domestic Violence. Never. Leave. The. Home.
The only time you leave is upon court order. If you leave, you are telling the court that you find the other parent is who should have custody of the children. Simply have a digital recorder running 24/7 while living in the marital home with your adversary.
He does not run up the bill like many other lawyers. He followed my directions unless I was requesting something that the court would never entertain. I was impressed with his ability to be managed by his client.
Dwayne is one sharp dude and I will be using him again in the future should other issues pop up. If you want an attorney that won't rob you blind and is a litigator, hire him. Any attorney can negotiate but a litigator can win a trial for you.
His ability to steer me away from rabbit holes and make convincing arguments to the court allowed me to secure 50/50 joint legal/physical custody and school placement from a stay at home mom.
Posted by DMK
Mr. Douglas has been my attorney for post-decree matters for 10 years. Watching him in the courtroom, amazes me to this day. His professional, knowledgeable and calm demeanor is by far the best combination when dealing with family matters. He has always been honest and given the best advice on what needs to be focused on. Please, do yourself a favor and don't look any further.
Carol Cadiz, Residential real estate Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
Mr Douglas and I were on opposite sides of a divorce case. He represented his client well and was professional throughout. If you are looking for a terrific divorce lawyer out in Lake County, I would highly recommend Dwayne Douglas
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