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Raiford D. Palmer

also known as Raif Palmer

About me

I concentrate in complex family law and divorce matters, especially those with substantial or complex assets such as closely held businesses.  I have guided many clients through difficult divorces. I can help with your divorce, parentage (paternity) or post decree matter. Experienced with child support, alimony, child custody, business valuation issues, retirement assets, and more.  I practice Collaborative Law, Cooperative Law, and litigation.  I also handle private mediations for divorce matters. Please contact me today to discuss your legal needs at 630.665.7676.


I am a father of two sons, and I live in the Chicago suburbs.  I enjoy wakeboarding, running, target shooting, and sailing.  I'm interested in architecture and military history.  Born at Ft. Benning, GA, I grew up in River Forest, Illinois. 


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
    14 years
  2. Family: 20%
    14 years
  3. Child Custody: 10%
    14 years
  4. Prenuptials: 5%
  5. Litigation: 5%
    21 years



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

19 total 

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  • Gary L. Schlesinger

    I endorse this lawyer. raif and i have had cases together and also worked together on various bar assn. committees. he is extremely knowledgeable about illinois family law, a true gentleman and scholar. courteous to other lawyers, the court, and clients. i have referred cases to him in his geographic area and will continue to do so.


    Gary Schlesinger Child custody Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Elliot Heidelberger

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Raif and I have opposed each other on several occasions. I have found him to be well prepared, conscientious, a zealous advocate for his clients and knowledgeable about the law. Raif works hard, brings creative solutions to difficult problems.


    Elliot Heidelberger Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.

1250 E. Diehl Road
Suite 400
Naperville, IL, 60563


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199405/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2016 SuperLawyer - Family LawSuperLawyers2016
Leading Lawyer - Family LawLeading Lawyers Network2016
Top Attorneys in the Western SuburbsWest Suburban Living Magazine2016
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2015
Pro Bono Service AwardDuPage Legal Assistance Foundation2014
Recognition for Contributions as CoachLewis University Mock Trial Team1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderSullivan Taylor & Gumina, PC2013 - Present
PartnerSullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.2010 - 2012
AttorneySullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.2009 - 2010
PartnerMomkus McCluskey, LLC2006 - 2009
DirectorAngelina & Palmer, PC2001 - 2006
Senior AssociateAngelina & Garelli2000 - 2001
Claims RepresentativeWestport Insurance1998 - 2000
AttorneyMomkus Ozog & McCluskey LLC1994 - 1998
Intern - Law ClerkDeKalb County State's Attorney1994 - 1994
Law ClerkWm. J. Sneckenberg & Associates1992 - 1994
ClerkGould & Ratner1990 - 1992
PresidentSea Dog Hotdogs1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Family Shelter Service of DuPage, Inc.Vice President, Board of Directors2015 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2014 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Family Shelter ServiceDirector2013 - Present
18th Judicial Circuit Court Access to Courts CommitteeMember2012 - Present
DuPage County Bar FoundationDirector2011 - Present
Legal, Emotional, and Various Economic Services for Divorce, Inc. ("L.E.A.V.E.S.")Member2009 - Present
Will County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Collaborative Law Institute of IllinoisFellow2008 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2008 - Present
Trial Bar, United States Supreme CourtMember2007 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2007 - Present
DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law CommitteeMember2006 - Present
Federal Trial Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of IllinoisMember2004 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
U.S. District Court, Northern District of IllinoisAdmitted to Practice1994 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Legislation CommitteeMember2010 - 2011
Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council Dissipation CommitteeCo-chair2010 - 2011
DuPage County Bar Association Membership CommitteeChairman2010 - 2011
Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Case Law CommitteeMember2010 - 2011
DuPage County Bar Association Membership CommitteeVice-Chair2009 - 2010
DuPage County Bar Association Planning CommitteeMember2007 - 2010
Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2007 - 2011
Circuit Court, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, IllinoisGuardian ad Litem/Child Representative2007 - 2009
DuPage County Bar AssociationMember1994 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kreml v. KarmenJury verdict for Defense - my client.
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Publication nameTitleDate
DuPage County Bar Association BriefTax Issues for the Non-Traditional Couple2009
DuPage County Bar Association BriefValuation and Division of Business Assets in Divorce2008
Family LawGrandparent Visitation - A practitioner's approach2007
Illinois Divorce WeblogIllinois Divorce Weblog2007
Illinois Business Law WeblogIllinois Business Law Weblog2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of DuPageFamily and Divorce Mediation Trainingn/a2011
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
What's New In Illinois Family Law? Everything!Temporary Relief (Amendments to the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act) - The All-Important Changes2015
Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing AssetsProper Valuation of Assets in Divorce Cases2014
Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing AssetsHow to Obtain and Interpret Financial Documents in Divorce2014
Collaborating FinanciallyThe Importance of the Team in Collaborative Divorce2013
Advanced Issues in DivorceEthical Dilemmas2013
Advanced Issues in DivorceResolving Disputes and Speeding up The Process2013
Trial Advocacy ProgramTrial Advocacy Program2012
LawTalkRadioThe Business of Family Law In Chicago2012
Guardian ad Litem TrainingWritten Reports for The Guardian Ad Litem2011
Continuing Legal Education SeminarThe New Illinois Rules of Evidence in Dissolution of Marriage Cases2011
DuPage County Bar Association Mega MeetingUnderstanding Martial Settlement Agreements, Joint Parenting Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements and Separation Agreements2010
"Navigating the Storm of Divorce"Divorce Law Basics2009
The Oasis Experience Family Law SeminarIntroduction to Divorce Litigation2008
Private ConferenceIntroduction to Illinois Business Forms2007
Introduction to Family LawIntroduction to Illinois Divorce Law and Practice2007