David N. Schaffer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Naperville, IL

Schaffer Family Law, Ltd.
 | 200 E. 5th, Suite 108
Naperville, IL 60563-3173
Phone: 630-848-9955
Fax: 630-922-4507
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Immigration: Consumer (10%),
  • International (10%)
Attorney Profile

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, Lake, McHenry, 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (80%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation

Immigration (10%)

International (10%)

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About David Schaffer

Admitted: 1984, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.familylawltd.com/About-Us/David-N-Schaffer.shtml


  • Editor’s Choice Matrimonial law Firm of the Year in Illinois, Corporate International, 2014, 2015  
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating - AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5, 1997-Present
  • Selected to Illinois Super Lawyers 2007-Present
  • Award of Merit, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Fellow of American Bar Foundation

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Secretary-Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council, 2003
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1984
  • Illinois, 1984
  • Village of Lombard (DuPage County), Trustee, Board of Trustees, 1997 - 2001  
  • Anti-Defamation League Speakers Bureau, Member, Committee on Civil Rights, 1991 - 1993
  • DuPage County Bar Association – DCBA.org, Appointed Member of DuPage Bar Brief Publication Board
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers , Fellow - IAML.org, Appointed member – Hague Committee
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers , Fellow - AAML.org
  • Illinois State Bar Association – ISBA.org, Former Member of Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board
  • Illinois State Bar Association – ISBA.org, Former Chair – Family Law Section Council
  • Illinois State Bar Association – ISBA.org, Former Elected member – Assembly Agenda Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association – ISBA.org, Elected Member - ISBA Assembly
  • Illinois State Bar Association – ISBA.org, Appointed Member, International and Immigration Section Council – ISBA.org
  • 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)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit  
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • Member-Illinois State Bar Association International and Immigration Law Section Council
  • Former Chair-Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • American Bar Association's "Operation Standby for members of the Armed Services
  • United States Department of State - Hague Convention International Kidnapping cases
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Will County Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, Columbus Day Advance Seminar for Family Lawyers, 2015  
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, Columbus Day Advance Seminar for Family Lawyers, 2007 - 2012
  • Business Valuation, Financial, and Tax Issues in Divorce, 2006 - 2012
  • The 'Shrinking' of Child Custody Cases, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1996
  • Family Law Updates, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Support Tripled, Illinois Trial Court Divorce Digest  
  • Mothers Credibility Evaporates, Unstable Environment Disqualifies Her as Custodian, Illinois Trial Court Divorce Digest
  • Noted Cases, Appellate Court Will not Second Guess Close Custody Case, Illinois Family Law Report
  • Cited in Four 'Dear Abby' Advice Columns and Two 'All that Zazz' Advice Columns
  • The Use of Revenue Rulings in Marital Appraisals, DuPage County Bar Association Brief Magazine, November, 1996
  • Child, Spousal Support Law Work in Tandem (Most of the Time) (UIFSA and URESA Compared), Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 23, 1996
  • Amended Supreme Court Discovery Rules as Seen Through the Eyes of a Matrimonial Lawyer, Illinois Family Law Report, November, 1995
  • Illinois Family Law Report, March, 1995
  • An Analysis of the Legitimacy of 750 ILCS/5/505(a)(5) (Percentage Child Support Orders), Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 23, 1995
  • Review of Bankruptcy Reform Act as Applicable to Matrimonial Law, 5 Briefcase Newsletter 1, American Bar Association, Section of General Practice, 1994
  • Review of Bankruptcy Reform Act as Applicable to Matrimonial Law, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Nov. 11, 1994
  • Book Review of Don't Settle for Less, Chicago Bar Association Record Magazine, October, 1994

Educational Background:

  • University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Major: Psychology, 1981
Office Location for David N. Schaffer

200 E. 5th
Suite 108
Naperville, IL 60563-3173

Phone: 630-848-9955

Fax: 630-922-4507

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Last Updated: 12/4/2018

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