Raiford D. Palmer

Sullivan Taylor & Gumina P.C.

Chicago, Illinois 60601


Child Custody, Co-Parenting, Divorce, Family, Legal Separation, PreNuptials, Same Sex Disputes

Raiford D. Palmer
, licensed to practice law in Illinois in 1994, is a 1994 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991.  Raif has past legal experience in commercial litigation, business transactions, and personal injury litigation, but concentrated in family law and dissolution of marriage for the past several years.  Raif is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Foundation, the Will County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  Raif is a Fellow in the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, a Fellow in the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, a former Guardianad Litemfor the Circuit Court of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, as well as a former Arbitrator for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court, DuPage County.  

Raif is also a speaker about dissolution of marriage issues for L.E.A.V.E.S. (Legal, Emotional and Various Economic Services, Inc.).   Raif has published several articles on family law topics and has spoken before the DuPage County Bar Association for continuing legal education on family law. He has also served as a trainer in the highly regarded DuPage County Bar Association Trial Practice Training program.

Raif concentrates his practice in high net worth and complex asset divorce matters, especially those involving corporate officers and business ownership interests.  He handles mediation, collaborative and cooperative cases as well as litigated matters

Current Employment Position(s):


Areas of Practice:

  • Child Support
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Guardian ad Litem/Child Representative
  • Paternity
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Business Law

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1994
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1994
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
U.S. Supreme Court, 2007


Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1994

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, B.A., Political Science/Prelaw, 1991

Other Experience:

Certified Guardian ad Litem, Circuit Court, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, DuPage County


Tax Issues for the Non-Traditional Couple DCBA Brief, May 2009

Valuation and Division of Business Assets in Divorce DCBA Brief, April 2008

Grandparent Visitation: A Practitioner’s Approach Family Law, December 2007

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Divorce Law Basics, “Navigating the Storm of Divorce” The Oasis Experience, 2009

Introduction to Divorce Law, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Bar Association Member

Illinois State Bar Association Member

DuPage County Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Membership Committee   Member, Family Law Committee, Planning Committee

Will County Bar Association Member

Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Fellow


Phi Sigma Kappa

Raiford D. Palmer

1749 South Naperville Road Suite 106 

Wheaton, Illinois 60189

(630) 665-7676 

Fax:      (630) 665-8630

Email: [email protected]