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Raiford D. Palmer

1749 South Naperville Road
Suite 106
Wheaton, Illinois 60189

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Phone: (630) 665-7676
Fax: (630) 665-8630

Raiford D. Palmer, licensed to practice law in Illinois in 1994, is a Shareholder in Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C. He 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 has concentrated in family law and dissolution of marriage for several years.

Raif is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, a past member of its Family Law Section Council. He is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association and its Family Law Committee. Raif is also a member of the Will County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

He is a Fellow in the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, a former Guardian ad Litem for the Circuit Court of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, and a former Arbitrator for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. Raif is also a trained mediator.

He has substantial jury and bench trial experience, and has argued an appeal before the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District. Raif is also a speaker regarding dissolution of marriage issues both for attorneys in continuing legal education courses as well as for groups serving the general public. Raif has published articles and spoken for DuPage County Bar Association Family Law legal education events on family law topics.

Raif concentrates his practice in high net worth and complex asset divorce matters, especially those involving closely held or family owned business interests. He handles collaborative divorce cases as well as litigated matters.

Raiford D. Palmer practices Family Law, Divorce Law, and Business Law.

Current Employment Position(s):


Areas of Practice:

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • 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:

Civil Law Trial Advocacy Program, DuPage County Bar Association, Spring 2012

Guardian Ad Litem Training, DuPage County Bar Association, Fall 2011

The New Rules of Evidence, Presentation to DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Committee, Spring 2011

Pitfalls in Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, DuPage County Bar Association Mega Meeting, 2011

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

Introduction to Divorce Law, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

DuPage County Bar Foundation

Will County Bar Association

Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois


Phi Sigma Kappa

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