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James A. Palmisano is the founder and principal attorney at Palmisano Law Group, an Orland Park law firm serving Chicago and surrounding areas in all aspects of divorce and family law. A native Chicagoan, Mr. Palmisano has been a family law practitioner for over 38 years. He is AV®-rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability, and he is listed in Illinois Super Lawyers® for 2012 in the area of Family Law, a publication which recognizes the top five percent of family law attorneys in the State of Illinois. Mr. Palmisano is listed as a top-rated Chicago family law attorney 2012 as published in The Chicago Tribune and has been named by his peers as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in family law for 2013.
Mr. Palmisano's practice is individually tailored to the needs of each of his clients who receive the amount of attention necessary to achieve a successful outcome of their family law disputes. He has with dignity, yet fierce tenacity, guided his clients through their legal proceedings with impeccable attention to detail, meticulous case management, and zealous advocacy. His successful practice has generated favorable judgments and settlements involving high-income and complex property division, spousal support, child custody, and visitation issues. He has a breadth of experience in all areas of family law and has earned an outstanding reputation in the legal community. He is committed to handling his clients' legal matters in strict confidence.
Mr. Palmisano's service to the legal profession in the area of family law has been extensive. He has served as a court-appointed Certified Child Representative, Attorney for Child, and Guardian ad Litem in numerous cases involving child custody and visitation disputes in the Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois for over 30 years. Since 1996, Mr. Palmisano has served on the court's Domestic Relations Management Advisory Committee, advising sitting judges in the domestic relations division on family law matters. He served as an appointed member on the court's Subcommittee on Family Violence Prevention Coordinating Council. He also served as an appointed member to the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section (1981-1984) and as a member of the Illinois State Bar's Family Law Section Subcommittee on Divorce Mediation (1983-1984). He served as Chair of the Family Law Section's Subcommittee on Bankruptcy/Hold Harmless Agreements (1983-1984).
Mr. Palmisano has served as a member of the Chicago Bar Association Lawyer Reference Program in Family Law since 1980. His speaking engagements have included delivering a seminar to the Family Law Section at the Illinois State Bar Association Annual Convention in 1983 and presenting a continuing education program for Child Representatives in the Cook County Circuit Court on the topic of Supervised Visitation in 2007. Mr. Palmisano was cast as lead counsel for the petitioner in a video production, "Domestic Violence Case Presentation," produced by the Family Violence Prevention Coordinating Councils for viewing by the general public as an information tool to victims of domestic violence.
Notable Cases and Results:
- In re Marriage of La Reno, 447 N.E.2d 949, 113 Ill. App. 3d 755 (1983)
Mr. Palmisano's client had made an oral agreement with her ex-husband in which he consented to pay both the mortgage and the real estate taxes for her home. The circumstances of the oral agreement were established during the initial trial based largely on the client's testimony. The client's ex-husband appealed, asserting that he should not have to pay the client's real estate taxes and citing ambiguous language in the client's testimony. Ultimately the Appellate Court upheld the judgment in favor of Mr. Palmisano's client, noting the difference between an opinion of language as ambiguous and language that is actually ambiguous.
- In re Adoption of Richards, 432 N.E.2d 1037, 104 Ill. App. 3d 406 (1982)
Mr. Palmisano's clients had adopted their granddaughter after its birthmother, their daughter-in-law, had surrendered the child to the Cradle Society a month following its birth. She signed an agreement to surrender the child for adoption a month subsequent to that; however, the child's father, Mr. Palmisano's clients' son, refused to sign it, and at his request, the clients obtained custody of the child. For the next four years, the birthmother rarely saw the child, though she very briefly lived with the child's father, Mr. Palmisano's clients' son, in a separate apartment. However, once Mr. Palmisano's clients filed a petition to adopt the child, she retained legal counsel and secured court-ordered visitation rights, and following this decision she began to visit the child regularly. The Appellate Court ruled that her behavior following Mr. Palmisano's clients' adoption petition was not admissible as evidence and upheld the Circuit Court's decision revoking her parental rights.
- Blake v. H-F Group Multiple Listing Service, 345 N.E.2d 18, 36 Ill. App. 3d 730 (1976)
In this case, Ms. Blake, owner of S. Ray & Blake Realty Company, sued Mr. Palmisano's clients, the H-F Group Multiple Listing Service, because she believed the group's attitude toward her business to be a violation of antitrust laws. Mr. Palmisano's client would not admit her as a member of their listing service because she did not own an office in one of their four designated suburbs, employed part-time employees, and would not pay a $1,000 admission fee. Because she was not a member, it would additionally not share commissions on homebuyers she referred to them. While the client's tying agreement amongst its members may be viewed as a per se violation of Anti-Trust federal law, no specific descriptions of such tying agreements are given and are left to the court to determine, and such arrangements are not amongst the specific per se violations listed in section three of the Illinois Anti-Trust Act. Since all potential violations that do not fall under the descriptions in section three must be considered according to reason on a case-by-case basis according to the Act, and since Mr. Palmisano's clients only accounted for 18% of sales in their designated region, where as many as 70 other realtor businesses were also selling homes, the Appellate Court upheld the Circuit Court's judgment that Mr. Palmisano's clients had not violated antitrust law.
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Year of Birth: 1948
Law School: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1973
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois, B.A., 1970
- Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois
- Court-appointed Certified Child Representative, Attorney for Child, and Guardian ad Litem
- Domestic Relations Management Advisory Committee, 1996-present
- Court-appointed member on Subcommittee on Family Violence Prevention Coordinating Council
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
- Illinois State Bar Association
Family Law Section, 1981-1984
Subcommittee on Divorce Mediation, 1983-1984
Subcommittee on Bankruptcy/Hold Harmless Agreements
- Chicago Bar Association
- Lawyer Reference Program in Family Law, 1980-present
- Will County Bar Association
Awards; Honors: Distinctions:
- Named as a top-rated Chicago family law attorney, Chicago Tribune, 2012
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating
- Leading Lawyers Members selected by peers in Family Law
Additional Office Locations:
415 E Golf Road, Suite 107
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 243-6222
1415 West 22nd Street, Tower Floor
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
Phone: (630) 755-3544