David N. Schaffer

Top rated family law attorney in Naperville, Illinois

Schaffer Family Law, Ltd.
David N. Schaffer
Schaffer Family Law, Ltd.

Practice Areas: Family law, International; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1984

Education: Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Schaffer Family Law, Ltd.

2020 Calamos Court
Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60563 Visit website


Focusing his practice exclusively on family law matters, David N. Schaffer is the principal attorney at Schaffer Family Law, Ltd. Located in Naperville, Illinois, he represents clients throughout DuPage, Kendall, Cook, Kane and Will counties who are going through a divorce. Mr. Schaffer provides advice and counsel on the associated legal issues such as alimony, child custody and visitation, child support, and complex property division. He also helps clients to seek enforcement or modifications of existing orders.

Mr. Schaffer has experience in parental abduction cases falling under the purview of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Other family law matters that he assists clients with include the negotiation and preparation of prenuptial agreements, and he has helped same sex couples who wish to expand their family through agency, domestic or international adoptions. Mr. Schaffer's ethical and sensitive approach to his family law clients have earned him the respect of his colleagues, as evidenced by his AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Avvo and his "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Mr. Schaffer is admitted to practice in Illinois, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His professional memberships include the Illinois State and DuPage County bar associations, and he has delivered several presentations to the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He majored in psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1981. Mr. Schaffer then attended the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University Bloomington and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1984.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family law, International

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Same sex family law, Father's rights

  • 60% Family law
  • 40% International

First Admitted: 1984, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.familylawltd.com/attorney/david-n-schaffer/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Book Review of Don't Settle for Less, Chicago Bar Association Record Magazine, October, 1994
  • Review of Bankruptcy Reform Act as Applicable to Matrimonial Law, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Nov. 11, 1994
  • Review of Bankruptcy Reform Act as Applicable to Matrimonial Law, 5 Briefcase Newsletter 1, American Bar Association, Section of General Practice, 1994
  • An Analysis of the Legitimacy of 750 ILCS/5/505(a)(5) (Percentage Child Support Orders), Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 23, 1995
  • Illinois Family Law Report, March, 1995
  • Amended Supreme Court Discovery Rules as Seen Through the Eyes of a Matrimonial Lawyer, Illinois Family Law Report, November, 1995
  • Child, Spousal Support Law Work in Tandem (Most of the Time) (UIFSA and URESA Compared), Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 23, 1996
  • The Use of Revenue Rulings in Marital Appraisals, DuPage County Bar Association Brief Magazine, November, 1996
  • Cited in Four 'Dear Abby' Advice Columns and Two 'All that Zazz' Advice Columns
  • Noted Cases, Appellate Court Will not Second Guess Close Custody Case, Illinois Family Law Report
  • Mothers Credibility Evaporates, Unstable Environment Disqualifies Her as Custodian, Illinois Trial Court Divorce Digest
  • Support Tripled, Illinois Trial Court Divorce Digest  
  • Family Law Updates, Illinois State Bar Association
  • The 'Shrinking' of Child Custody Cases, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1996
  • Business Valuation, Financial, and Tax Issues in Divorce, 2006 - 2012
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, Columbus Day Advance Seminar for Family Lawyers, 2007 - 2012
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, Columbus Day Advance Seminar for Family Lawyers, 2015  
  • Selected to Illinois Super Lawyers, 2007-Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating - AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5, 1997-Present
  • Award of Merit, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Editor’s Choice Matrimonial law Firm of the Year in Illinois, Corporate International, 2014, 2015
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Fellow of American Bar Foundation
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Illinois State Bar Association – ISBA.org, Appointed Member, International and Immigration Section Council – ISBA.org
  • Illinois State Bar Association – ISBA.org, Former Chair – Family Law Section Council
  • Former Chair-Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow - IAML.org, Appointed member – Hague Committee
  • Village of Lombard (DuPage County), Trustee, Board of Trustees, 1997 - 2001  
  • Illinois, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • Appointed Member – State of Illinois General Assembly’s Family Law Study Committee (This committee drafted the new Illinois family law statutes that become effective January 1, 2016)
  • Illinois State Bar Association – ISBA.org, Former Elected member – Assembly Agenda Committee
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers , Fellow - AAML.org
  • Anti-Defamation League Speakers Bureau, Member, Committee on Civil Rights, 1991 - 1993
  • Member-Illinois State Bar Association International and Immigration Law Section Council
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit  
  • Illinois State Bar Association – ISBA.org, Elected Member - ISBA Assembly
  • Illinois State Bar Association – ISBA.org, Former Member of Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board
  • Secretary-Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council, 2003
  • DuPage County Bar Association – DCBA.org, Appointed Member of DuPage Bar Brief Publication Board
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1984
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Will County Bar Association
  • United States Department of State - Hague Convention International Kidnapping cases
  • American Bar Association's "Operation Standby for members of the Armed Services"
  • DuPage County Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Major: Psychology, 1981

Office location for David N. Schaffer

2020 Calamos Court
Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: 630-922-4500


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

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