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Bryan S. Estes
  • Bryan S. Estes


Mr. Estes acted as trial counsel and argued for an approximate equal division of parenting time for a client’s minor child. In the case, he argued the “parent alienation” theory, and the Second District Appellate Court affirmed it as only one of two (2) cited cases in Illinois affirming the theory. Additionally, the Illinois Legislature enacted a provision pursuant 604.5 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to appoint an independent custody evaluation with respect to a request for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 215 Evaluation.

Mr. Estes also acted as trial counsel for a seventy (70) year old biological father who sought and was awarded sole custody of his five (5) year old son. The mother had concealed the existence of said child and the father had, thus, never had a relationship with his son. The mother filed numerous appeals, and the appeals were dismissed. The Second District Appellate Court denied one such request for filing a late appeal as well.

In his family law practice, Mr. Estes successfully vacated several Judgments for Dissolution of Marriage in DuPage County which involved fraud, unconscionability and coercion of spouses to divorce. One such case involved Mr. Estes persuading the trial court to vacate a child custody award for three (3) children. Custody was ultimately awarded to the mother.

Family law cases often involve challenging issues. As trial counsel, Mr. Estes represented a parent seeking custody of the children when the other parent engaged in or demonstrated interest in sexual deviant behaviors. Mr. Estes was also trial counsel for several custody cases involving parentage and dissolution proceedings in which sole custody of minors was ultimately awarded to his clients.

Mr. Estes successfully traced assets which were determined to be the non-marital property of the spouse who asserted the claim. In other cases, Mr. Estes has worked for grandparents seeking custody of minor children and was ultimately successful in securing them custody. Mr. Estes has also tried, prosecuted, and defended Petitions for Order of Protection for many clients.

Other verdicts Mr. Estes tried successfully include the successful prosecution of the neighbor of a six (6) year old child who had a criminal charge of aggravated sexual abuse brought against them. The defendant was sentence to incarceration. Mr. Estes is adept at advocating in complex visitation and custody cases, and complicated financial issues in order to achieve a successful outcome in negotiated settlements and litigation.

Practice Areas:

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1987


  • Southern Illinois University, 1987
    • J.D.
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1983
    • M.A., International Relations
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1981
    • B.A., Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Eagle Nature Foundation
    • Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions:

  • DuPage County, Illinois, 1989-1993
    • Associate States Attorney
  • Guerard, Kalina, Ulrich, & Varchetto, 1987-1989
    • Associate Attorney
  • Fourth District Appellate Prosecutor’s Office, 1985
    • Clerk
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Paul Simon
    • Southern Illinois Campaign Coordinator for U.S. Senate (26 counties)
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Rotary of Oak Brook
  • BV Distinguished Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • DCBA Law Firm of the Year
    DCBA Law Firm of the Year 2011, 2013
  • Outstanding Service to the Office of the State’s Attorney 2006-2007
    Outstanding Service to the Office of the State’s Attorney 2006-2007
  • Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor 2012
    Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor 2012
  • Client's Choice Award AVVO
    Clients' Choice
  • Thank you for helping me realize how good things really are in my life. I now focus on creating happiness each and every day for me & my girls. Things are definitely looking up!

  • If you are in need of a true advocate, and you are stuck in the family law court system in DuPage then William Stogsdill should be your choice. I feel strongly about his ability and I can't say enough.

  • I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your professional assistance and advice on my recently dismissed case. I can again look forward to being together with my wife for many more years.

  • Mr. Smit has demonstrated a high degree of loyalty and trust worthiness to his work and to his associates. Justin certainly is an asset to your Law Firm, his organization skills are second to none. I have and will continue to recommend Justin ...

  • You've clearly established a client-focus in your office -- providing your clients with the warmth and understanding they need as they go through a very difficult time. Thank you, again, for all your help.

  • Taking that step to file for divorce was probably one of the most life changing decisions I have ever made. The process is very painful and emotionally draining. I retained Robert Boyd and Justin Smit of The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C...

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