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About Paul D. Nordini

Avvo Rated "Excellent," and ranked 10 Best Divorce and Custody Attorney in the United States by the American Family Law Academy, Mr. Nordini utilizes a research intensive strategy to achieve dynamic legal results for his clientele.

Having successfully litigated thousands of divorce and custody cases, along with a high 80% reversal rate on his appellate work, Mr. Nordini's time tested divorce strategy is unmatched in the industry. 

Mr. Nordini was born of Italian immigrant parents in Chicago Heights, Illinois and he spent his later childhood in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Instilled with uncompromising work ethic, he started working at the age of 10, delivering newspapers.  

At the age of 18, Mr. Nordini enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and attended bootcamp in San Diego, California and later infantry school at Camp Pendleton, California.  He was designated with the MOS 0341. He attended Non-Commissioned Officer School and Jungle Warfare School in Okinawa Japan and has been stationed at bases throughout SouthEast Asia, Norway, and within the United States.


In 1990, Mr. Nordini started working with Ford Motor Company and within days, he was recalled back into the Marine Corps by a Presidential Order to serve with a Special Operations Battalion during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  After the Gulf War had ended, he was stationed at Subic Bay, Philippines and survived the Mt. Pinatubo eruption and helped with relief efforts earning him the Humanitarian Ribbon.  He later received an Honorable Discharge at the rank of E-4 (Corporal).


Upon his return to Ford Motor Company in late 1991, he later attained his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan, and later left Ford Motor Company to attend law school and clerking at some of the most prestigious law firms in Chicago.


In 2001 he graduated from DePaul University Law School, Chicago, and achieved a Doctorate Degree in Jurisprudence. Upon graduation, he worked for a short time clerking at a high-profile boutique tax law firm, and later opened his own firm which grew to one of the largest Family Law offices in the suburban Chicago market.  He later focused on high-profile litigation, which included business litigation and finance law.  Mr. Nordini has testified as an expert witness about litigation practice, reasonableness of attorney's fees, and custody litigation process.  He has represented thousands of clientele and authored hundreds of articles touching on various legal topics.  He now practices law primarily in Illinois.


Mr. Nordini has written material for review in the United States Supreme Court, in Washington D.C., involving constitutional / custody issues, and he has been published numerous times in the DuPage Bar Brief publications with his articles touching on U.S. Constitutional safeguards, corporate law, custody and other family law issues.  Mr. Nordini's published appellate case raised issues involving diligence requirements when attempting to secure personal jurisdiction over a corporate entity; that opinion has since been citied numerous times in subsequent cases in support of Mr. Nordini's arguments.

Mr. Nordini currently represents spouses finding themselves facing a family law issue that require strategic settlement or litigation. He is result driven and believes that courtroom results are a measure of his preparation and research intensive style.

Mr. Nordini has been licensed in multiple jurisdictions and has appeared before State and Federal Courts, as well as, having authored a Petition for Writ for Certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has testified as an expert witness involving legal professionalism, legal ethics, and legal malpractice.


21+ Years of Experience


Circuit and Superior Courts (Bench & Jury Trials, Appellate Courts (multiple Districts).

Currently Licensed in Illinois and Arizona


U.S. District Courts, 7th Circuit.

U.S. Supreme Court


Divorce and Custody

Bank, Fraud, Commercial, Real Estate (for prior divorce clientele)

Appellate Practice:

Civil Appeals (IL and AZ)

Supreme Court Appeals

U.S. Supreme Court Review

W v. D - Mr. Nordini successfully attained a reversal on appeal when the trial court failed to properly adjudicate the real estate rights for his client.  The case was remanded back to the trial court with instructions to adjust the divorce results.  

U v. G - Mr. Nordini was able to secure a windfall result for his client on various parcels of real estate where the Bank was forced to release all mortgages as part of a settlement agreement to avoid furthered litigation with Mr. Nordini's office.


W v D. - Mr. Nordini appeal was granted when the Appellate Court reverse the trial court ruling against his client, where Mr. Nordini was able to obtain a better financial result for his client.

In the Marriage of F - Mr. Nordini single chaired the longest Will County divorce/custody trial on record against a team of attorneys.  With only 12 exhibits against the opponent's 1056 exhibits, after a 178 days of trial, he was able to secure custody and removal orders for his client.


E v. Morris - Mr. Nordini defended vulnerable adult lawsuit and defamation claims resulting from a break-up of an unmarried couple.  At trial, the Court agreed with Mr. Nordini's arguments that the evidence did not support the suit.  Lawsuit and all three counts denied with prejudice.  

IRMO G - Mr. Nordini appealed trial court's dismissal of petition seeking to modify a prior restraint order.  Appellate court agreed with Mr. Nordini's argument and reversed the lower court's ruling.

PB v RHG - Mr. Nordini defended a lawsuit involving banking litigation.  He successfully defeated several actions in replevin and convinced the trial court to eject the Court's Receiver on motion by the business owner (the only known Illinois case where this has happened).

In re the Marriage of K. - Mr. Nordini accepted a custody and removal case just weeks to trial.  Trial was conducted where a Custody Evaluator and GAL was against his client for custody.  Mr. Nordini was able to achieve custody for his client.  This case was then published within the Law Divorce Digest.


USMDS v ACB - Mr. Nordini's appeal was granted when the 3rd District Appellate Court reversed the trial court.  Mr. Nordini contested service of summons on a divorce client's business foreclosure case arguing that service was improper on a corporate owner.  This case was then published in recorded opinions for 3rd District Illinois. 


Movie Studio X v. J.J. - Mr. Nordini was able to vacate a Judgment that had been entered against his celebrity client and actively litigated against the opponent. The opponent then attempted to sue Mr. Nordini and Mr. Nordini was able to dismiss the suit against him.  The opponent eventually was incarcerated for tax violations uncovered by Mr. Nordini.


In re the Marriage of L. - Mr. Nordini appealed a trial court's ruling on the setting of alimony.  The appellate court agreed with Mr. Nordini's argument that statutory factors must be applied in every alimony case, despite other reasons for setting support.  Mr. Nordini's client's support amount was significantly adjusted by agreement after the appeal process.  This case was published as a Rule 23 Court Order. 


In re the Marriage of P. - Mr. Nordini took to trial a divorce case where the husband refused to pay alimony.  Initial pre-trials had resulted in a recommendation of no maintenance.  After trial, Mr. Nordini secured alimony for his client.  This case was later published in the Law Divorce Digest.


In re the Matter of J v D. - Mr. Nordini accepted the case three weeks to trial, and when the GAL was firmly opposed to his client on custody and residency noting that client had significant psychological impairment.  Mr. Nordini was able to convince the GAL to switch the recommendation in favor of keeping residency with his client, and negotiated a settlement retaining the child with his client and keeping the child in client's then current school district.

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