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Raiford Palmer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Naperville, IL

STG Divorce Law
1250 E. Diehl Road, Suite 400
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-665-7676
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Raiford D. Palmer is a shareholder in the firm of STG Divorce Law handling divorce and family law matters in the Chicago metropolitan area. He has extensive prior experience in commercial litigation, personal injury litigation and commercial litigation. Mr. Palmer has an Avvo “Superb” rating, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. Raif handles primarily complex divorce cases, whether resolved through litigation, collaborative law, or mediation. He also mediates cases (primarily financial matters in divorce), handles post-divorce modifications, prenuptial agreements, paternity, property division, child custody and visitation, and child and spousal support issues. 

Mr. Palmer regularly teaches seminars on family law and law firm management topics to other attorneys in Illinois, and published articles related to grandparent visitation, division and valuation of business in divorce, and tax issues for nontraditional couples.

He is the author of I Just Want This Done, a guide to people involved in divorce - available on Amazon.com. 

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. 

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

He is the father of two adult sons, and stepfather to two daughters. Mr. Palmer enjoys climbing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, sailing, and paintball, among other interests. 

Certificates and Credentials

About Raiford Palmer

First Admitted: 1994, Illinois

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

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Chicago Bar Association - Member
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois - Fellow
  • DuPage County Bar Association - Member
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) - Fellow
  • Illinois State Bar Association - Member
  • Will County Bar Association - Member
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois., 1994
  • Licensed to Practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, 2007

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Educational Background

  • J.D., Loyola University - Chicago School of Law, 1994
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, B.A., Political Science/Prelaw, 1991

Representative Clients

  • Due to confidentiality restrictions, we only describe generally the types of clients represented by Mr. Palmer here: Business owners, C-suite executives, investors, physicians, professionals, and their spouses with substantial assets and/or income. , 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Seminar regarding the legal standards related to relocation of children, including a discussion of the relevant state laws and applicable case law in Illinois. , Presenter, Relocation of Children in Illinois, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers/Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Attorneys, 2020
  • NBI Seminar, “Resolving Disputes and Speeding Up the Process,” and “Ethical Dilemmas,” September 2013
  • 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
  • Presenter, "Temporary Relief: The All-Important Changes" AAML Columbus Day Seminar, October 12, 2015, Speaker, American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2015
  • 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
  • NBI Seminars, “Failure to Obtain and Interpret Financial Documents” and “Avoiding Inaccurate Asset Valuation,” March 2014
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Seminar, “Complex Financial Cases and the Role of Financial Professionals,” , 2013

Honors/Awards

  • Top attorney in family law, as selected by peers. , Superlawyer - Family Law, SuperLawyers, 2021
  • , Leading Lawyer - Family Law, Leading Lawyers Network, 2021
  • Top attorney in Family Law, Illinois, as selected by SuperLawyers., SuperLawyer - Family Law, SuperLawyers, 2020
  • Peer selected as a top attorney in Family Law in Illinois., Super Lawyer - Family Law, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Peer selected as a top attorney in Illinois in Family Law. , Super Lawyer - Family Law, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Peer selected as a top attorney in family law in Illinois. , Super Lawyer - Family Law, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Peer selected as a top attorney in family law in Illinois., Super Lawyer - Family Law, SuperLawyers, 2016
  • Peer selected as a top attorney in Illinois in Family Law. , Leading Lawyer - Family Law, Leading Lawyers Network, 2020
  • Peer selected as a top attorney in Family Law in Illinois. , Leading Lawyer - Family Law, Leading Lawyers Network, 2019
  • Peer selected as a top attorney in Illinois in Family Law. , Leading Lawyer - Family Law, Leading Lawyers Network, 2018
  • Peer selected as a top attorney in Family Law in Illinois. , Leading Lawyer - Family Law, Leading Lawyers Network, 2017
  • Peer selected as a top attorney in family law in Illinois. , Leading Lawyer - Family Law, Leading Lawyers Network, 2016
  • Peer selected as a top attorney in Illinois in family law. , Leading Lawyer - Family Law, Leading Lawyers Network, 2015

Industry Groups

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

1250 E. Diehl Road
Suite 400
Naperville, IL 60563

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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