Raiford D. Palmer, AAML, is a Shareholder in Sullivan Taylor, Gumina & Palmer, P.C. Raif enjoys solving challenging problems and has a very common sense, practical approach. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the premier professional organization of family law attorneys.

Named a Leading Lawyer in the area of Family Law, Raif concentrates his practice in high net worth and complex asset divorce matters, especially those involving business and real estate interests. He handles collaborative divorce cases as well as litigated matters and mediation. Raif has extensive legal experience in commercial litigation, business transactions, and personal injury litigation, which gives him a broader understanding of these issues in divorce matters.

He has substantial jury and bench trial experience, and has argued an appeal before the Illinois Appellate Court. Raif is also a speaker regarding dissolution of marriage issues both for attorneys in legal education courses as well as for groups serving the general public. Raif published articles and spoken for legal education events on family law topics and trained other attorneys in trial practice techniques.

Raiford D. Palmer concentrates in Family and Divorce Law, post-divorce matters, and prenuptial agreements.

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  • Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1994
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, B.A., Political Science/Prelaw, 1991

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

  • 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,” November 2013
  • 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
  • Leading Lawyer in Illinois Family Law, 2016-2020
  • Super Lawyer in Illinois Family Law, 2015-2020
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) – Fellow
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois – Fellow
  • American Bar Association – Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association – Member
  • DuPage County Bar Association – Member
  • Chicago Bar Association – Member
  • Will County Bar Association – Member
  • Family Shelter Service of DuPage, Inc.
  • Vice President, Member of Board of Directors, Former Secretary

Phi Sigma Kappa