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I bring 20 years of experience to your case, with 15 years of background working at the country's preeminent and largest family law firm.   My current practice includes all areas of matrimonial law focusing on the custodial needs of high net worth individuals and the complex financial issues regarding their estates and business interests.  


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 45%
    21 years
  2. Child Custody: 25%
    21 years
  3. Family: 20%
    21 years
  4. Prenuptials: 5%
    21 years
  5. Domestic Violence: 5%
    21 years

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  • James Patrick Nelson

    I endorse this lawyer. Deborah is an excellent attorney. She is a strong advocate, intelligent and honest. I have a great amount of respect for Deborah.


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  • Stuart Allan Reid

    I endorse this lawyer. Deb has an excellent knowledge of the law and is a strong advocate for her clients. She is a credit to the profession.


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Contact info

Carder Law Firm

50 South Main Street
Suite 200
Naperville, IL, 60540


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199508/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in America Family Law (2016)Best Lawyers2015
Illinois Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyer Network2015
Illinois Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
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Illinois Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Top 100 Women Consumer LawyersLeading Lawyers Network2013
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Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2011
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Top 100 Women Consumer LawyersLeading Lawyers Network2010
40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to WatchChicago Daily Law Bulletin2010
Illinois Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Illinois Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2009
Illinois Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2008
Top 100 Women Consumer LawyersLeading Lawyers Network2008
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerCarder Law Firm, P.C.2015 - Present
PartnerSchiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP2000 - 2015
AssociateJoseph M. Lucas & Associates LLC1996 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationAttorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee Appointment2015 - Present
Kane County Bar AssociationFamily Law Committee2001 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationFamily Law Committee2000 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationFamily Law Committee2000 - Present
DuPage County Bar Association, Judiciary CommitteeVice Chair2013 - 2014
DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice CommitteeChair2012 - 2013
18th Circuit Court Committee for the Improvement of Legal AccessChairperson2012 - 2014
Collaborative Law Institute of IllinoisTrained2011 - 2011
DuPage Association of Women LawyersPresident2007 - 2008
DuPage County Bar AssociationCLE Committee, Local Rules Committee, Memorial Committee2000 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
IRMO KushAffirmed in favor of client (trial by Deborah Carder/appeal by Robert Black)
IRMO NillesReversed in favor of client (trial by Deborah Carder/appeal by Sarane Siewerth)
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chicago Daily Law BulletinDefining Gross Income Under the New Maintenance Amendments2015
Chicago Daily Law BulletinIllinois Considers Proposal for No Fault Measures in Divorce2015
Carder Law FirmCarder Family Law Blog2015
Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLPFamily Law Topics Blog2013
WebInvalidating a Prenuptial Agreement2010
Dupage County Bar Association BriefThe Rationalization of an Unconstitutional Child's Representative Statute2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Combatting Domestic Violence in Financially Upscale FamiliesEvolving Civil Tools in Combatting Domestic Violence2011
Prenuptial AgreementsValidity of Prenuptial Agreements2009