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Palatine, Illinois Divorce and Family Law Lawyer

Nicholas W. Richardson, Attorney at Law

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Family Law Attorney Nicholas W. Richardson understands the importance of listening to each client’s specific needs, and he leverages his 15-plus years of experience to provide high-quality legal services for every client. He creates a tailored plan to address individual concerns that affect an individual or family, and he handles legal issues with a matter-of-fact approach.

From 2015 to 2018, his reputation within the legal community earned him the honor of being named to Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, an honor given to only 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers. Attorney Richardson was vetted by a highly credentialed panel of his peers. He was also named a Super Lawyer in 2022, and he also has been recognized as an Elite Lawyer. Separately, he has earned a 10.0 rating on

Attorney Richardson actively serves the Northwest Suburban Bar Association through nominated and appointed positions. He was admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2013. Additionally, he is part of the Attorney Network for Hyatt Legal Plans, a MetLife Company.

In 2009, he opened his family law office, and he serves as the primary point of contact for his clients. In 2015, he hired a paralegal to help maximize his time helping clients. Attorney Richardson handles each case in the same thoughtful manner that has resonated with his clients since he started practicing law in 2003.

Through his Scholarships for College-Bound Chicagoland, Attorney Richardson gives back to area families who have supported his business. He also supports Palatine Township’s various outreach efforts.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2013
  • State of Illinois, 2004


  • University of Missouri, School of Law, Columbia, MO, Juris Doctor, 2003
  • University of Missouri, Bachelor of Journalism, Columbia, MO, 2000

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Trained in Mediation and Collaborative Law
  • Condo Association President, Treasurer, Board Member
  • Phi Kappa Theta, Alum
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Fellow

Honors & Awards

  • Elite Lawyer, 2021 - Present
  • Selected to Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015 - 2018
  • National Association of Family Law Attorneys Top 10 Ranking, 2016

Employment History

  • Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C., Owner, 2009 - Present
  • Lagattuta & DeGrazia, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2007 - 2009
  • Linda K. Schneider & Associates, Associate Attorney, 2004 - 2006

Introducing The Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson

Nicholas W. Richardson is an experienced divorce lawyer and mediator whose comprehensive legal knowledge, commitment to clients and reputation for results bring lasting solutions to your problems.

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