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Debra J. Braselton is an experienced family law attorney with a unique background and a career built around families. Debra's first career was as a certified nurse midwife at a large teaching hospital in Chicago. During her career as a nurse midwife, Debra gained a wealth of knowledge and experience with families, particularly with families in crisis. Debra's clients benefit from her experience and enjoy her unique sensitivity to the personal nature of their family law matters.


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.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 80%
  2. Guardianship: 10%
  3. Adoption: 10%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Margaret A. Bennett

    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.


    Margaret Bennett Divorce and separation Attorney
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  • Maxine Weiss Kunz

    Debra is highly respected as both a litigator and Collaborative attorney. She brings wisdom and compassion to her cases. I endorse this lawyer.


    Maxine Weiss Kunz Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

One Oakbrook Terrace
Suite 801
Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 60181-4467

By appointment only

Chicago, IL, 60602



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199408/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Firm of Debra J. Braselton, P.C.1999 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Attorney Registration and Disciplinary CommissionChair, Hearing Board2004 - Present
18th Judicial CircuitCourt appointed guardian ad litem and child representative2002 - Present
Hinsdale Zoning Board of AppealsChairperson2009 - 2014
Collaborative Law Institute of IllinoisDirector, officer2007 - 2009
DuPage County Bar AssociationChair, Child Advocacy Committee2005 - 2006
Publication nameTitleDate
Divorce Source10 Things You Need to do if Divorce is Imminent2009
Illinois State Bar Association CatalystCollaborative Divorce2008
Dupage County Bar AssociationNon-Traditional Families and Alternative Family Building: Securing Parental Rights for Intended Parents2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Rush UniversityNurse MidwiferyMasters1986
Rush UniversityNursingBS - Bachelor of Science1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guardian ad Litem Training for ProbateContested Adoption and Guardianship matters2014
Illinois Legislature Continuing Legal EducationCollaborative Family Law and the Uniform Collaborative Law Act2013
Adoption training for GAL'sContested Adoption2012
Surviving the Storm of DivorceDivorce Litigation2010
Adoption - Practical Pitfalls to AvoidContested Adoption2007
Guardian ad Litem certification trainingPrivacy of Medical Records in Divorce Cases2005