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Raiford D. Palmer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Naperville, IL

4.9   51 reviews

also known as Raif Palmer, Raiford Dalton Palmer

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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Raiford

Learn Raiford’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    35%
    My primary area of practice.

    22 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Uncontested divorce
    20%
    Collaborative lawyer and mediator. Will handle collaborative divorces of all types, and mediates divorce disputes, especially those related to financial matters and businesses.

    22 years

  3. Marriage and prenuptials
    15%
    Prenuptial and Postnuptial agreements, and Cohabitation agreements.

    22 years

  4. Alimony
    10%

  5. Child custody
    10%

  6. Family
    10%
    Marriage, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, divorce and separation.

I FIX CHICAGOLAND DIVORCE PROBLEMS. FROM COMPLEX TRIALS TO AMICABLE AND UNCONTESTED DIVORCES. I'VE WRITTEN A BESTSELLING BOOK ABOUT DIVORCE ON AMAZON, "I JUST WANT THIS DONE, HOW SMART, SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE GET DIVORCED WITHOUT LOSING THEIR KIDS, MONEY, AND MINDS." CHECK OUT MY REVIEWS.

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, both amicable and contested. Our skilled team 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 case.


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

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Location

STG Divorce Law, P.C.
Raiford D. Palmer
22 West Washington St. Suite 1500
Chicago, IL, 60602
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  51 customer reviews
Posted by Mark | October 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job!
Raif was nothing short of professional and very easy to work with during a time when emotions are running high and it's always helpful to have someone in your corner, guiding the ship and making sure that cooler heads prevail. I couldn't recommend Raif or his firm more highly. Great Job all around!
Posted by Beth | December 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied Client
Raif and his team were the best fit for me. Divorce is emotional and Raif helped keep me grounded and moving forward the entire time. He and his team listened to my requests and provided great advice and options to consider so that I could make the best decisions and outcomes for me. I would recommend them in a heartbeat.
Posted by Marian | September 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Review for Raiford Palmer
I had the pleasure working with Raiford Palmer during a difficult time and his professionalism and willingness to understand my situation made a big difference in helping me have peace of mind and understand the law and my rights regarding my divorce. He was kind and responsive to any questions I had and made it a point to keep us on schedule through this collaborative process. His office staff was always helpful and friendly and made me feel comfortable when entering the office. I truly felt I had someone in my corner looking out for my needs and would recommend his services
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Posted by Ed | September 11, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and caring
I was able to consult Raiford D. Palmer on my legal situation and he was prompt, forth right and counseled me on how to approach my family law issues. Although I was not in the State of Illinois to move forward, he certainly displayed a willingness to help and follow-ed up with me more than once. I certainly would recommend him on his willingness to make my case matter and taking time for me.
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Posted by SHARON | July 17, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knows NPD/BPD/ADHD and OPs
I am interviewing attorneys for my case and had the pleasure of speaking with Raif Palmer. I can't be more impressed by his professional knowledge as well as his empathy and compassion. I specifically needed someone who understood NPD/ADHD and found that not only does he have the top book on this but shares it with his clients! Divorce is hard enough but add high-conflict due to a spouse with Emergency OP involved who doesn't think it's a big deal and Raif was able to help me wrap my mind around how to navigate the future with this person, a father of my kids. I highly recommend him and his firm for hire or as a Consulting Atty for your case especially when facing OPs, spouses with untreated NPD/BPD/ADHD.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Raiford D. Palmer review
Raiford “Raif” Palmer is a very experienced Divorce Attorney with a special talent for negotiating agreements. In my case the opposing attorney went into litigation instead of a collaborative agreement. While Raif is good with Collaborative Divorces and is a highly rated Attorney with awards, I had him represent me in litigation. Opposing side wanted to take 80% of my assets and ended up with less than 47% of my assets, due to pre-martial assets and other items that swung the balance in my favor. Raif prevailed in Pre-Trial meetings over the opposing attorney and helped me keep my house and other precious belongings. Raif and I both “Stayed in the fight for my future”, to the end. My business experience and his knowledge plus negotiation skills prevailed to a conclusion earlier this year. I trusted my future with Raiford Palmer and he delivered.
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Posted by David | March 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing. Raif is the difference you want.
Raif knows how things work, inside and out. His advice is always solid and never off point. He is very easy to talk to, excellent at walking you through the basics and complexities in terms you can understand. Divorces get heated and that gets expensive, Raif brings cool, calm, knowledgeable approach, but there's no doubt about it, he can get tough when the case dictates, but will always keep his head, and help you keep yours.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Representation for Collaborative Divorce Case
Very much enjoyed working with Raif. He was very helpful walking me through a process that I had no experience with.
Posted by gaile | November 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent lawyer
Mr. Palmer worked with me and handled my case as I wished. He was patient, understanding, and made me feel at ease and in excellent judicial hands!
Posted by Nathan | September 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Long Term Advocate
I have had to deal with a difficult ex for over a decade and Raiford has been invaluable by my side through it all. He has been tenacious in court and comes up with forceful arguments. He is also very good at writing agreements where he tunes the language to be more powerful than it appears. I can always count on him to be direct with how things are and what to expect and can tell he genuinely cares. There were times during different cases where he would call or email and make sure visitation was going okay and I never saw those and some other communications on the bill. I could not recommend Raif more highly.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Really challenging experience made massively easier
Raif represented me in the dissolution of my 19 year marriage. With Raif's guidance, we got through the process in a manner that was expedient, equitable, and unthreatening to both parties. My divorce was the most emotionally difficult experience of my life. I won't say Raif made the experience easy because I'm not sure that's possible. But he kept it sane, reasonable, and on-track for an outcome that worked. He was highly knowledgeable, had vast experience in family law, and frankly, was an extremely easy person to work with. I would highly recommend Raif. I feel lucky to have had has counsel through such a challenging time.
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Posted by Jan | December 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney ever and compassionate too!
"Raif" took me under his wing and was my adviser, consultant, coach and counselor during a long, very complicated 2 year divorce. I had originally hired a #1 rated attorney who owned the firm but she really did not "have my back" and was too busy with too many clients to contact her in a reasonable time for consults/questions. When contacting Raif, he always called me within 24 hours or sooner. I felt he "was there for me", unlike the divorce attorney I had originally hired and was working with. Unfortunately, I found Raif a month before my divorce was final. If I would have hired him from the start (I didn't know of him) I truly believe my divorce would have been expedited much sooner, with better results in the end for me, and I would NOT have had to pay $150,000 in attorney's fees!! :( I have recommended him to two people that I know that need his services and they are very happy with him. In summary, I was married for thirty years with an abusive husband and contemplated getting a divorce since 2001. I have seen consulted, and engaged with sixteen attorneys in that time frame so I have a pretty good idea of what, in general, they are like. About Raif...He is not your "normal attorney" meaning, he is compassionate, takes time for you, eases your fears and will do whatever it takes to help you. He drove back to his office in the middle of his vacation for our first consultation because he knew I was in desperate need of him. Who does that?! This is why I say he is not your normal attorney. He even "gives back" to the community for Women in Need. He is genuinely a nice, caring person which is extremely hard to find in attorneys out there.
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Posted by Jeff | September 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Supremely Knowledgeable Lawyer
I hired Raif Palmer to work on a very complex post decree matter. We addressed the issues, filed the appropriate motions to seek a solution and it all worked out wonderfully. Family lawyers get a bad rap for all of the back and forth that comes naturally to the process between spouses or ex-spouses. Raif refuses to get mired down in the drama and uses his expertise to seek meaningful solutions, which he did for me. I would recommend him to anyone and will definitely use him again if the need arises.
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
thank goodness for raif
I could not have gotten through the divorce process without Raif. He not only was a complete professional but understood what I was going through on a personal level. I would rate both Raif's professionalism and demeanor and understanding at the highest of levels.
Posted by Martha | July 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive experience
After having had two less than satisfactory experiences with other attorneys, I found Raif through this site. From our first meeting I felt I was in good hands. Raif is skilled, efficient, professional, an effective communicator and strategizer, and compassionate. Throughout my entire divorce process Raif was not only my attorney, he was my advocate. I'm certain I could not have had better representation.
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Posted by Ron | January 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney to work with..
Raif helped me resolve a complex college cost allocation issue. He is very straightforward and lays out the strategic options before doing a lot of work. He is very knowledgeable - including re: complex financial matters - and genuinely cares about his clients. You want Raif to be on your side!
Posted by Bill | November 6, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
managed my case and my ex well
I was very pleased to be represented by Raif Palmer and the whole team at Sullivan Taylor & Gumina. Raif is surrounded by a great team of professionals who do top-quality work in family law and work as a team to improve their craft. I felt well cared for. My concerns were always addressed. I could easily contact Raif by text any time. He managed my case well. Now looking back after a few months I can say the result was good. My case was simple on paper -- what made mine difficult was a difficult ex. My ex would just say no and stonewall for literally 15 months. Raif used the process to eventually get a resolution. Divorce is so difficult, emotionally painful, and costly. But that's just it - that's just divorce. I can't change divorce, I can't change the painfully slow legal process. All I could do was get a good therapist and a good attorney.
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Posted by Brooke | May 14, 2015
Raif is the best attorney I've ever dealt with
For several years I searched for an attorney who would take my case to heart and advocate for me as if I was his own family. All the attorneys I had ever worked with were only interested in making money and getting a quick result. Raif was everything I had looked for and more. He was extremely kind, understanding, he listened to every fact I gave and used it. In court he was brilliant, knowing just what to say at every moment. He won a nearly impossible case for me and I am so grateful. Most of all though, he kept interactions between me and the opposing attorney and my ex calm and stress free just because of his approach. Thank you thank you thank you, you have saved my life !!
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Posted by Hugo | March 1, 2015
Going through a divorce is never easy, help yourself and have Raif next to you.
If you are reading this review you are likely going through one of the most difficult times of your life. My prayers go to you to make it through the best you can. My process was very difficult as we were dealing with an irrational counter-party filled with hatred. This made the process long, difficult, frustrating uncertain. Raif was excellent at drawing the best path for us and always being the voice of reason and the expert advise to keep us on track. Many times things heated up horribly and I was tempted to fall into the same game and respond in kind; Raif always helped me cool down and keep our target on sight avoiding wasting time and money on useless emotional responses. He really was the cool-minded and expert guide I needed to see this process through. My divorce process was absolutely horrible, but having Raif guiding me through it made the difference that allowed me to carry until the end. Going through what you are about to go through cannot be pleasant, but having someone like Raif support you through it would make a huge difference. Best of luck!
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Posted by Mike | November 19, 2014
Honest and objective lawyer
Raif was my divorce attorney this year. According to Raif, I was a high income individual so protecting my interests while being fair (my concern) was paramount. I must say that not only was I pleased with Raif's knowledge through the process and demeanor in the joint sessions, but also I was especially pleased with ability to make sure the division of assets was fair and in the best interest of both parties (something I requested). Following the divorce, I needed counsel on other topics - an employment contract, estate planning and a prenuptial agreement. Raif put me in touch with other highly qualified attorneys that were a pleasure to work with. I was very happy with Raif's ability to put me in touch with the right attorneys with the right personalities.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, PC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Partner
  • Momkus McCluskey, LLC
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Director
  • Angelina & Palmer, PC
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Senior Associate
  • Angelina & Garelli
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Claims Representative
  • Westport Insurance
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • Momkus Ozog & McCluskey LLC
  • 1994 - 1998
  • Intern - Law Clerk
  • DeKalb County State's Attorney
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Law Clerk
  • Wm. J. Sneckenberg & Associates
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Clerk
  • Gould & Ratner
  • 1990 - 1992
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Education

  • College of DuPage
  • n/a
  • 2011
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2014 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • Fellow
  • 2008 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Trial Bar, United States Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1994 - Present
  • Family Shelter Service of DuPage, Inc.
  • Vice President, Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Family Shelter Service
  • Director
  • 2013 - 2017
  • 18th Judicial Circuit Court Access to Courts Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • DuPage County Bar Foundation
  • Director
  • 2011 - 2015
  • DuPage County Bar Association Membership Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council Dissipation Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Legislation Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Case Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • DuPage County Bar Association Membership Committee
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Circuit Court, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois
  • Guardian ad Litem/Child Representative
  • 2007 - 2009
  • DuPage County Bar Association Planning Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Federal Trial Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2018
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Leading Lawyer - Family Law
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Leading Lawyer - Family Law
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Leading Lawyer - Family Law
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Leading Lawyer - Family Law
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2017
  • SuperLawyer - Family Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer - Family Law
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys in the Western Suburbs
  • West Suburban Living Magazine
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • DuPage Legal Assistance Foundation
  • 2014
  • Recognition for Contributions as Coach
  • Lewis University Mock Trial Team
  • 1998
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • McHenry County Bar Association Family Law Committee
  • Pretrial Litigation Tips and Tactics
  • 2017
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • The New Illinois Rules of Evidence in Dissolution of Marriage Cases
  • 2011
  • The Oasis Experience Family Law Seminar
  • Introduction to Divorce Litigation
  • 2008
  • Private Conference
  • Introduction to Illinois Business Forms
  • 2007
  • Introduction to Family Law
  • Introduction to Illinois Divorce Law and Practice
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (30)
Endorse Raiford
Family Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you need a family law attorney hire Raiford! He's a member of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, which membership requires comprehensive peer review of his qualifications and legal knowledge. Raiford is a highly experienced trial attorney for complex large asset divorces and custody cases. Not all family attorneys are willing or able to try cases, a fact you won't realize until settlement isn't possible and your attorney tries to coerce you to settle under bad terms. Raiford is also an incredibly nice guy, a fact not to be overlooked when you are going through the emotional turmoil of family legal proceedings."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Raif on many collaborative divorce cases. He is exceptionally skilled in finding the path to resolution. Raif understands the law well, and is able to guide his clients to a settlement that will meet their goals and allow them to get on with their life. Raif is a true gentleman and skilled diplomat. He is very business savvy, and knows how business people think. He does not prolong the case and is very cost effective. More than anything, though, he is honest and trustworthy, and a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Raif was the second attorney for his client on a very difficult divorce matter. As soon as he was involved, we were able to effectively settle the case in an amicable fashion much to the delight of both parties. I highly endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Raif Palmer. Raif is a highly skilled lawyer who represents his clients his clients with dedication and loyalty."
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Raif Palmer. He is a devastatingly effective matrimonial litigator - he is handsome, charismatic, professional, aggressive and, most importantly, highly highly skilled in family law matters. Great Lawyer!!"
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Raif is a pleasure to work with as he is polite, cooperative, works hard to compromise and to strategize unique resolutions with mutual benefits. Yet he is a strong and knowledgable advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Raif and I worked together on a collaborative divorce. We represented opposing parties. I found him to be extremely professional and a solid advocate for his client. He was very knowledgeable. His focus remained on his client's best interests at all times. I would be happy to work with Raif again on any matter, and would highly recommend him to any client."
Family Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Raif is my law partner. Great attorney, great partner. Of course, you cannot go wrong with an attorney in our firm!"
Business Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I"ve known Raif for 10 years. He is an enterprising, energetic and clever advocate for his clients, as well as a swell guy to be around. I don't say this about many in this profession, but I can say it about Raif: he is not only a great lawyer but a great guy."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Raiford Palmer is a rising star in our legal community, and he deserves all the accolades he receives. He is a very talented attorney who genuinely cares about people. He works hard, smart, and quick. Raif knows the law and he knows how to have the law benefit his clients. I give Raiford Palmer all five stars."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Raif on several cases and have found him to be very competent and trustworthy. I would highly reccomend him."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Palmer is a creative, aggressive attorney whom you can count on to fight for your best interests. I would recommend him highly."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He has a strong yet calm approach to all matters."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He has the highest integrity and is a strong advocate."
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is practical, intelligent and a hard worker."
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