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Nicholas W. Richardson

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Palatine, IL

Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C.
110 N Brockway St, Suite 220
Palatine, IL 60067
Phone: 847-873-6741
Fax: 847-221-3626
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018
Licensed in Illinois Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Attorney Profile

Family law attorney Nicholas W. Richardson helps clients with divorce, child custody, child support, property division, paternity disputes and other difficult legal matters. In addition to his experience in traditional courtroom litigation, he is trained in mediation and collaborative law techniques. With his firm, the Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C., in Palatine, Illinois, he represents clients throughout the Chicago area and Northwest Suburbs.

Trained at one of the country's top journalism schools during his undergraduate studies, Attorney Richardson earned his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. After working as an attorney for two different firms, he opened his current family law firm in 2009. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Illinois and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Richardson belongs to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association. He is also a Fellow in the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. The Northwest Suburban Bar Association has recognized him with several appreciation of service awards. Currently, he serves this association as part of its Board of Governors and as a Committee Member.

He gives back to his community in a number of ways. In 2013, he initiated a Scholarship Program for College-Bound Chicagoland that continues today.

Articles by Mr. Richardson have been published in various media outlets such as the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald. Attorney Richardson is known within the legal community as a straightforward, honest attorney and enjoys each opportunity to help his clients navigate our legal system.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Family Law
  • 30%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Mediation


1 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018

About Nicholas W. Richardson

First Admitted: 2004, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background

  • University of Missouri: Bachelor of Journalism, Columbia, Mo., 2000; Juris Doctor, 2003.


  • Phi Kappa Theta, Alum
  • Certificate of Appreciation: Paternity Court Facilitator, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 2012
  • Appreciation of Service: Board of Governors, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 2012


  • Since 2010, I reached previous and past clients as well as those interested in my office through an electronic newsletter, The Docket: eNews

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Attorney Nicholas W. Richardson is committed to his community. In fact, giving back to his local communities has been key to the Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C., since its 2009 founding. In 2014, Attorney Richardson launched the Inaugural Scholarships for College-Bound Chicagoland Powered by the Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C., to help area graduating seniors pay for their advanced education including college, nursing, business, trade, technical training or other similar programs. Four $250 scholarships are available annually. Open to high school seniors residing in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake or McHenry counties, the Scholarships for College-Bound Chicagoland Powered by the Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C., honors four promising seniors for intellectual strength, independent thinking and exceptional achievement. Each student must submit a 500-word essay that addresses the specific year's prompt., 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA), Member 2004 - Present. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee, 2014 - Present. Co-chair Matrimonial Law Committee, 2013 – Present. Board of Directors, 2012 - Present. Parliamentarian, 2011, 2020
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 2008 – present, 2020
  • DuPage County Bar Association, member 2015-present, 2020
  • Fellow in the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, 2012 - present, 2020
  • Homeowners Association, Current President, Previous Treasurer, 2009 – present, 2020
  • Admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2013
  • Admitted to the Bar for State of Illinois, 2004

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Fellow, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, 2012 - current, 2020

Industry Groups

  • Collaborative Law Institute Of Illinois Fellow
  • Homeowners' Association President
  • Illinois State Bar Association Member
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association Board Member
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Office Location for Nicholas W. Richardson

110 N Brockway St
Suite 220
Palatine, IL 60067

Phone: 847-873-6741

Fax: 847-221-3626

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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