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Deborah Annette Carder

Divorce and separation Attorney at Naperville, IL

5.0   9 reviews
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  • Licensed for 28 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Deborah

Learn Deborah’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Including Contested Divorces, Mediation and Collaborative Law

    29 years

  2. Family
    20%
    Litigation of family law cases, paternity matters, orders of protections and drafting of prenuptial agreements.

    29 years

  3. Child custody
    18%

    29 years

  4. Uncontested divorce
    10%

  5. Alimony
    6%

  6. Child support
    6%

  7. Domestic violence
    5%

    29 years

  8. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

    29 years

EXPERIENCED AND DEDICATED ATTORNEY PROVIDING SOLUTIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR OVER 25+ YEARS.

I bring over 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.  

Location

Carder Law Firm
50 South Main Street
Suite 200
Naperville, IL, 60540

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Posted by Jeffrey | August 3, 2013
Ritz Carlton Skill Set & Level of Service!
I have been in the hotel industry for over 25 years, having managed some of the finest hotels and resorts in the World, including Ritz Carlton Hotel Management. Deborah should carry a Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons logo aside her credentials. Her level of service exceeded my expectations, which are very high. Deborah and her staff are always attentive to my needs, unlike other attorneys. Deborah also has the ability to keep me level at times when it's in my best interest. Often, during my case, I allowed myself to get too absorbed in the wrong things, but Deborah always kept me grounded, helping me save time and money while protecting me and my assets at all times. You don't find that with many attorneys today. I consider Deborah a true friend. How many people can say that about their attorney?
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Posted by Mary Kay | July 25, 2013
Not a Stereotypical Attorney
I would most definitely recommend Deborah Carder to anyone who is in need of a divorce attorney who is brilliant, courteous, very wise, extremely fair in her negotiating, and is meticulous in her thinking and uncovering Information intended to never be uncovered. Above all Deborah is compassionate and truly cares for a positive future for her clients.
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Posted by Sarah | July 7, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top tier expertise, exceptional with people, AND affordable
Debbie is incredible. All told, my process took 8 months. I came to Debbie after my ex-wife filed for divorce behind my back while we were in mediation. She was also threatening to take our child back to CA. Debbie's initial consult immediately won me over. She was familiar with cases like mine and was very very easy to talk to. She's an absolute legal expert, but also great with clients. She took the time to explain things to me fully without making me feel dumb or scared. I told her upfront that I had to be budget-conscious, so I didn't contact her a lot unless I needed to. She made sure to contact me with all of the essentials without adding in unnecessary interactions. She is one hundred percent an advocate for couples/soon to be exes to work out as much as possible between themselves to save themselves heartache and money (my ex and I ended up going back to mediation while each retaining our own lawyers), but she's no fool. And she won't let her clients be, either. I'm very meek and I don't do a great job with money/going after what's rightfully mine. Debbie was there to fight on my behalf. While she always deferred to my choice in the end, she pushed me further than I would have done alone to protect myself and my child. I would not have been able to accomplish the agreements without her. And she did so with warmth, collaboration, and even a little humor from time to time. She is a perfect attorney for someone who may be a little overwhelmed or scared like I was. She is great for someone who isn't super confident/doesn't stand up well for themselves. She always made sure I understood what was happening, treated me with compassion and respect, and it made me feel so secure. I knew I would be okay and my son would be okay in the end because Debbie knows exactly what she's doing. The day of the in-person prove up in court, she was even supportive of my ex while she waited for her attorney to arrive, and helped make sure everything ran smoothly that day. I would hands down recommend Debbie. She's very smart, has a lot of case law and history/precedent that she refers to, and she's just overall very pleasant to be around. PLUS I didn't go into debt. She's the kind of attorney you almost hope you need again because she's that great. I will be forever grateful for her work with me. She saved us!
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Posted by Dave | November 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney
Deborah went above and beyond; extremely responsive to all of my questions and concerns and always provided a clear, concise action plan. Not only did Deborah clearly articulate the options available, she took the time to explain the options and actually listen to my concerns. There are several divorce attorneys one could choose, but I would only recommend Deborah.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Tells it like it is - Highly Recommend
Debbie is a savvy, highly skilled attorney who never once steered me wrong throughout my divorce and contested custody case. She was very responsive to my inquiries and always told me the truth, whether I wanted to hear it or not. Divorce involves overwhelming turmoil, and Debbie always remained level headed and focused on strategy and best outcomes. She was empathetic yet she didn’t coddle, which is exactly what I needed. She is very honest about whether pursuing certain actions are cost effective and is not motivated by billable hours. She truly wants the best for her clients and their families. I trust her implicitly and recommend her to anyone going through a divorce and/or custody dispute.
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Posted by Brian | November 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional
Deb took me through every step of the case with compassion, attention to detail and made a difficult situation much easier for me.  She is dedicated to her clients and I appreciate her responsiveness to all my questions and follow up after the case.  She was always willing to take the time with me that I needed to understand the process.  Definitely will be recommending her to my family and friends.
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Posted by Joe Glimco | July 11, 2015
Outstanding Attorney
I have known this attorney for several years and I would highly recommend her. Deborah is very professional and honorable. She cares about her clients. She treats other attorneys and judges with respect. Her reputation in the legal community is excellent.
Posted by Rick | November 18, 2013
Works Very Hard to Get Right Answer
Divorce is a very difficult time and getting referrals for the right divorce attorneys can be difficult. You cannot go wrong with Debbie Carder or Tim Daw. They make a great team. My experience with them spans from 2003 to 2013. What I have learned is that you want a very good, focused divorce attorney. SDF has about 40 divorce attorneys and that provides Debbie Carder an ability to ask questions of others in her firm when some unusual issues or approaches emerged. I also tell everyone that the high billing rates that SDF charges is worth it because you save money by getting the right answer the first time and access to insight on judges and opposing consul that is invaluable. The large number of cases this team has under its belt gives them real insight into possible outcomes and, thus, strategies to employ. Debbie works very closely with Tim Daw. Tim is one of the 4 or 5 full equity partners in SDF. I worked with Tim much more in the first go around back in 2003-2005. They work great together, covering when necessary for each other, and figuring out who is best for different issues, judges, opposing attorneys etc. It was worth the money and reassuring to bounce our complicated issues and approach off Tim, too. Even after the divorce is final, you will likely have questions pop up or need a pre-nup if you remarry - Debbie has been helpful to me on all those fronts as well. I referred a PwC partner to Debbie and Tim, and he has thanked me on a number of occasions for the referral. Over the last 18months, my ex has filed 9 different motions, legal actions of some kind in our last legal battle. Debbie and Tim won every one of them. We recently inked a final settlement!! A few other points : 1. Debbie is an outstanding writer - I mean VERY good! 2. Debbie does care about her clients’ costs and does not unnecessarily run up legal bills 3. She works most weekends and nights, so my concerns were addressed promptly 4. Even if I did not like it, she would tell me her professional legal opinion in a very calm experienced way (believe me I did some yelling and screaming as the cases dragged out due to crazy legal stuff). She is unbelievably professional and quality-oriented. She just tells it like it is based on her experience. 5. She is expensive to use in this way, but she could probably double for a divorce therapist when you just need to vent and have no one else to talk to or who wants to listen anymore! 6. Tim/Debbie understands complex financial matters. 7. Debbie will bring in an expert from another office and even another firm when needed. The client focus and willingness to do the right thing reminds me of my years at Arthur Andersen and the global teamwork we used.
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2013
Excellent choice for an attorney
Ms. Carder has a superb grasp of the law, combined with healthy doses of honesty, common sense, and personal ethics. Her ability to retain and recall a huge amount of evidence in my case, stretching back more than a decade, was truly remarkable. This made her a strong advocate for me before the judge and, in my opinion, won my case. It is a comforting feeling to know that your attorney is the smartest lawyer in the courtroom.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Carder Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP
  • 2000 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Joseph M. Lucas & Associates LLC
  • 1996 - 2000

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • IRMO Stachura
  • Appellate Court denied the appeal in favor of my client based on jurisdiction.
  • IRMO Kush
  • Affirmed in favor of client (trial by Deborah Carder/appeal by Robert Black)
  • IRMO Nilles
  • Reversed in favor of client (trial by Deborah Carder/appeal by Sarane Siewerth)
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Associations

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Family Law Committee
  • 2000 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Family Law Committee
  • 2000 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee Appointment
  • 2015 - 2018
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee
  • Vice Chair
  • 2013 - 2014
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice Committee
  • Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • 18th Circuit Court Committee for the Improvement of Legal Access
  • Chairperson
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • Trained
  • 2011 - 2011
  • DuPage Association of Women Lawyers
  • President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Family Law Committee
  • 2001 - 2013
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • CLE Committee, Local Rules Committee, Memorial Committee
  • 2000 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Inspirational Woman
  • DuPage Association of Women Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer, Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers of America (Family Law)
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers of America (Family Law)
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America (Family)
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America Family Law (2016)
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2014
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Women Consumer Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2012
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2011
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Women Consumer Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2010
  • 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • 2010
  • Illinois Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Illinois Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2009
  • Top 100 Women Consumer Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2008
  • Illinois Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2008
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Carder Law Firm
  • Carder Family Law Blog
  • 2015
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Defining Gross Income Under the New Maintenance Amendments
  • 2015
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Illinois Considers Proposal for No Fault Measures in Divorce
  • 2015
  • Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP
  • Family Law Topics Blog
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Combatting Domestic Violence in Financially Upscale Families
  • Evolving Civil Tools in Combatting Domestic Violence
  • 2011
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Validity of Prenuptial Agreements
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (7)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Deborah is an excellent attorney; tough litigator and one of the smartest attorneys I have worked with. Her clients are in good hands. I highly endorse Deborah Carder."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She handles the tough cases and tough issues with ease. She is professional and civil in all endeavors, but cares about her clients and the legal community where she works. Great Attorney!"

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Naperville Divorce and separation Lawyer Deborah Annette Carder
Deborah Annette Carder
Divorce and separation Attorney
Naperville, IL
Licensed for 28 years
Virtual consultation available