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Wheaton, IL 60189
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Bryan S. Estes
  • Bryan S. Estes


Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully argued for the application of “parent alienation” in obtaining approximately an equal division of parenting time for the father of his minor daughter. The application of the “parent alienation” theory was affirmed by the Second District Appellate Court as only one of two (2) cited cases in the State of Illinois which have affirmed such theory. In addition, the trial court’s decision with respect to a request for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 215 Evaluation provided impetus for the Illinois Legislature to enact a provision for the appointment of an independent custody evaluation pursuant to 604.5 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel for a seventy (70) year old biological father who sought and was awarded sole custody of his five (5) year old son when the father never previously had a relationship with his son due to the mother’s concealment of said child. The mother of the minor filed six (6) various appeals and a request for filing yet another appeal late. All appeals were dismissed and the request for filing a late appeal was denied by the Second District Appellate Court.

Mr. Estes successfully vacated several Judgments for Dissolution of Marriage in DuPage County, Illinois due to fraud, unconscionability and coercion. In one such case, Mr. Estes successfully tried and persuaded the trail court to vacate the award of custody of the three (3) children awarded to the father and ultimately awarded custody of said children to the mother.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel for a parent who sought custody of children when the other parent engaged in or demonstrated interest in sexual deviant behaviors such as; bestiality; sexual masochism, ultimate bondage; sadism; a sexual proclivity for interest in depiction of minors in sexual nude poses.
Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully tried several custody cases in parentage and dissolution proceedings that ultimately resulted in the award of sole custody of minors to the parent which Mr. Estes represented.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully tried and traced the acquisition of assets which were determined to be the non-marital property of the spouse who asserted the claim. Mr. Estes has successfully obtained custody of minor children for grandparents of said minor children. Mr. Estes has successfully tried, prosecuted and defended numerous Petitions for Order of Protection for his clients.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully prosecuted the criminal charge of aggravated sexual abuse by a neighbor to a six (6) year old child for which the defendant was sentenced to incarceration in a correctional facility in the State of Illinois. Mr. Estes vigorously advocates the position of his clients in complicated custody and visitation cases. Mr. Estes also adeptly untangles complex financial facts to maximize the benefits for his clients both at trial, and in settlement negotiations. Mr. Estes has tried successfully more than one hundred cases. Mr. Estes insures that his client’s positions and claims are persuasively presented to the court when efforts to amicably resolve the parties’ differences have failed.

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
  • 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
  • Office of the States Attorney 2006-2007
    Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney 2006-2007
  • Prosecutor 2012
    Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor 2012
  • AVVO Clients Choice
    Clients' Choice
  • I would highly recommend Tony Sammarco to anyone needing a divorce lawyer. He explained all my options to me and he made sure I understood the process. I am glad I had him there to help me through this difficult time.

  • Thank you doesn’t seem enough for all that Bill Stogsdill and Brett Williamson have done not only for me, but my children as well. When I first met both of these gentlemen, each presented themselves with such self-confidence. I instantly knew...

  • The Stogsdill Law Firm and I were able to obtain sole custody of my son. I am fortunate for the outcome and I am to be a father to my son. Secondly, my ex-spouse was awarded limited portion of the marital estate. Bryan Estes is more than an excellent lawyer...

  • Whenever my opinion is asked by any of my clients, friends or family regarding what law firm someone should use for their divorce my answer is always the same –The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. The kids and I are forever indebted to Bill and his firm.

  • Bryan's ability to listen and understand my situation and then offer his advice on how we should proceed was the main reasons I hired Bryan as my attorney. That was the best decision I made, for myself and my children. Bryan helped develop action plans as well as a strategy ...

  • I wanted to thank you for your professional and respectful help with my case. Before entering your law firm, I felt as if my life might be at an end. After being greeted by your office manager, I was completely put at ease. Then after my consultation with you, I knew I was in good hands...

  • 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 ...

  • I recently made the life-altering decision of ending a 30 year marriage. While the support of family and friends was very important, I knew that choosing the right attorney was vital. In large part, my future would be determined by his legal advice and skills…

  • 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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