I fix complex divorce problems. From trial to alternative dispute resolution. See my reviews.I concentrate in divorce cases. I provide honest assessments and a cost-benefit based approach.I concentrate in family law/divorce and work in Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Will Counties.I am experienced in custody cases. As a parent, I have a special perspective as well.I have extensive jury and bench trial experience, and I have argued before the Appellate Court.With experience in business law, I am uniquely qualified to work on prenuptial agreements.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1994||05/16/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Family Shelter Service of DuPage, Inc.||Vice President, Board of Directors||2015 - Present|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Fellow||2014 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Family Shelter Service||Director||2013 - Present|
|Legal, Emotional, and Various Economic Services for Divorce, Inc. ("L.E.A.V.E.S.")||Member||2009 - Present|
|Will County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois||Fellow||2008 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||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|
|Federal Trial Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois||Member||2004 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois||Admitted to Practice||1994 - Present|
|18th Judicial Circuit Court Access to Courts Committee||Member||2012 - 2014|
|DuPage County Bar Foundation||Director||2011 - 2015|
|Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Case Law Committee||Member||2010 - 2011|
|Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Legislation Committee||Member||2010 - 2011|
|Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council Dissipation Committee||Co-chair||2010 - 2011|
|DuPage County Bar Association Membership Committee||Chairman||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|
|DuPage County Bar Association||Member||1994 - 1998|
|DuPage County Bar Association Brief||Tax Issues for the Non-Traditional Couple||2009|
|DuPage County Bar Association Brief||Valuation and Division of Business Assets in Divorce||2008|
|Family Law||Grandparent Visitation - A practitioner's approach||2007|
|Illinois Divorce Weblog||Illinois Divorce Weblog||2007|
|Illinois Business Law Weblog||Illinois Business Law Weblog||2007|
|College of DuPage||Family and Divorce Mediation Training||n/a||2011|
|Loyola University Chicago School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|McHenry County Bar Association Family Law Committee||Pretrial Litigation Tips and Tactics||2017|
|Columbus Day Seminar 2016||Motions to Vacate Judgments||2016|
|What's New In Illinois Family Law? Everything!||Temporary Relief (Amendments to the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act) - The All-Important Changes||2015|
|Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets||Proper Valuation of Assets in Divorce Cases||2014|
|Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets||How to Obtain and Interpret Financial Documents in Divorce||2014|
|Collaborating Financially||The Importance of the Team in Collaborative Divorce||2013|
|Advanced Issues in Divorce||Ethical Dilemmas||2013|
|Advanced Issues in Divorce||Resolving Disputes and Speeding up The Process||2013|
|Trial Advocacy Program||Trial Advocacy Program||2012|
|LawTalkRadio||The Business of Family Law In Chicago||2012|
|Guardian ad Litem Training||Written Reports for The Guardian Ad Litem||2011|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar||The New Illinois Rules of Evidence in Dissolution of Marriage Cases||2011|
|DuPage County Bar Association Mega Meeting||Understanding Martial Settlement Agreements, Joint Parenting Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements and Separation Agreements||2010|
|"Navigating the Storm of Divorce"||Divorce Law Basics||2009|
|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|
Posted by Martha
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.
Posted by Jim DeAno
I tried a case against Raif a few years ago and he did an excellent job. He had a tough case on the facts and had to overcome a few immunities, but despite all the obstacles he was very effective in court. He is honest, trustoworthy and a pleasure to work with. He always took the time to explain everything we were doing in court to his client who did not speak english. He filed all the necessary pre trial motions and did a very effective cross examinaiton of my client. I'd definately refer personal injury plaintiffs to him.
Posted by Hugo
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!
Gary Schlesinger, Child custody Attorney
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.
Elliot Heidelberger, Divorce and separation Attorney
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.