Raiford D. Palmer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Naperville, IL

Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.
 | 1250 E. Diehl Road, Suite 400
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-665-7676
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Raiford D. Palmer is a shareholder in the firm of Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C., who handles matters of family law in Naperville and the Chicago metropolitan area. With extensive experience in commercial litigation, personal injury litigation and commercial litigation, an Avvo “Superb” rating, and as a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, he handles matters of mediation, collaborative law, post-divorce modifications, prenuptial agreements, paternity, property division, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and divorce. 

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science and prelaw from the University of Illinois in 1991, he went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1994. With a passion for charity, Mr. Palmer is a vice president, member of the board of directors and former secretary of the Family Shelter Service of DuPage, Inc.

Mr. Palmer is a member of the Will County Bar Association, The Chicago Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Trial Bar of the same organization and in the state of Illinois.

Certified as a Guardian ad Litem by the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in DuPage County, Mr. Palmer regularly teaches seminars and classes on divorce and family law and has published works related to grandparent visitation, division and valuation of business in divorce, and tax issues for nontraditional couples.

Practice Areas

Family Law (100%)

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law


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Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2018

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About Raiford Palmer

Admitted: 1994, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.stglawfirm.com/attorneys/raiford-d-palmer/

Honors and Awards:

  • Leading Lawyer - Family Law, Leading Lawyers Network, 2015
  • Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity
  • Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Leading Lawyers, 2016

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Will County Bar Association - Member
  • Chicago Bar Association - Member
  • DuPage County Bar Association - Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois - Fellow
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) - Fellow
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1994
  • Illinois, 1994
  • Member, Family Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Vice President, Member of Board of Directors, Former Secretary
  • Family Shelter Service of DuPage, Inc.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Presenter, "Temporary Relief: The All-Important Changes" AAML Columbus Day Seminar, October 12, 2015, Speaker, American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2015
  • Introduction to Divorce Law, 2008
  • Divorce Law Basics, "Navigating the Storm of Divorce," The Oasis Experience, 2009
  • Pitfalls in Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, DuPage County Bar Association Mega Meeting, 2011
  • The New Rules of Evidence, Presentation to DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Committee, Spring 2011
  • Guardian Ad Litem Training, DuPage County Bar Association, Fall 2011
  • Civil Law Trial Advocacy Program, DuPage County Bar Association, Spring 2012
  • NBI Seminar, “Resolving Disputes and Speeding Up the Process,” and “Ethical Dilemmas,” September 2013
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Seminar, “Complex Financial Cases and the Role of Financial Professionals,” November 2013
  • NBI Seminars, “Failure to Obtain and Interpret Financial Documents” and “Avoiding Inaccurate Asset Valuation,” March 2014
  • Grandparent Visitation: A Practitioner's Approach Family Law, December 2007
  • Valuation and Division of Business Assets in Divorce, DCBA Brief, April 2008
  • Tax Issues for the Non-Traditional Couple, DCBA Brief, May 2009

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Educational Background:

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

Industry Groups

  • American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • American Bar Ass'n
  • Chicago Bar Ass'n
  • Collaborative Law Institute Of Illinois
  • DuPage County Bar Ass'n
  • Illinois State Bar Ass'n
  • Will County Bar Ass'n
Office Location for Raiford D. Palmer

1250 E. Diehl Road
Suite 400
Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: 630-665-7676


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Last Updated: 9/15/2017

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