Attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Licensed Private Detective
Duane was born and raised in the farmlands of Southern Illinois. The experiences he had growing up, taught him the value of working hard. Duane is a graduate of the Chicago Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of Technology. The focus of his undergraduate at Southern Illinois University was in accounting and finance. While working in finance, he decided to take his career to a higher level. It was then that he embarked on the path towards earning his Juris Doctorate from Chicago Kent College of Law. Duane is also a licensed private investigator. Based on his accounting and legal background, and sensitivity toward the vulnerable and unprotected, Duane has often been appointed Guardian ad litem by the Cook County Probate Judges to represent minor children, the elderly, and disabled persons. Established in 1992, his law firm in Palatine, Illinois represents clients in divorce and family law as well as trusts and estate matters.
Duane has strived throughout his legal career to strenuously advocate for his clients. He focuses on maintaining the best relationship for a parent with their children. He emphasizes expediency, to minimize the financial hardships divorce has on the family. His 33 years of experience in family law has helped him to grow into a strong, skilled, confidant, and most of all, compassionate advocate for his clients and their children. Duane makes it a point to keep his clients focused on their children and how their decisions and actions throughout the course of their case will impact their children. Whenever possible, it is his goal to move his clients toward resolution outside the courtroom, as this almost always results in the least detrimental effect upon the family. However, when attempts at out of court settlements fail, Duane will aggressively litigate for the rights of his clients.
Duane has extensive experience in the enforcement of judgments as well as extensive experience in negotiating favorable settlements, and a proven track record in trying and obtaining successful results for his clients in court. His clients trust his ability to resolve or litigate a contentious divorce or assist in arriving at an amicable dissolution.
Duane has always made it a priority to give candid advice to his clients and not tell them what they want to hear. This philosophy has been the cornerstone of his success.
Awards and Recognition
In 2015 Duane was named one of the top100 Attorneys in his practice area of Family Law by The National Advocates Top 100. This elite group of attorneys exemplify superior qualifications in the areas of leadership, reputation, influence and importance in the area of Family Law.
Duane was awarded Lead Counsel in the legal discipline of family law by the Legal Counsel Review Board in January and June 2013, June 2014 and June 2015
Duane was certified in Divorce and Family Mediation in 2009. This appointment was approved by the Association for Conflict Resolution by the Academy of Family Mediators.