Douglas B. Warlick
Founding and Principal Attorney
Doug Warlick has been a self-employed family law attorney nearly since the time that he was licensed in 1981. He began his career in Cook County where he served as a conflicts attorney in the Cook County Juvenile Courts, representing countless parents or children for over ten years. In 1989, Doug moved to DuPage County where he practiced for the next ten years, always active in the DuPage County Bar Association as a volunteer legal aid attorney, photo editor, actor and contributor to the annual Judge’s Nite legal aid fundraiser for nearly 20 years, and committee chair of the matrimonial law committee and the children’s advocacy committee.
In 1999, Mr. Warlick moved his residence to Kane County, Illinois, and thus his office followed him. He continued his solo practice until he purchased the iconic “Hansen Baking Company” building in 2011. After converting the building into its present prestigious law office, Doug Warlick hired his first associate attorney.
Subsequently, in 2015, Colleen G. Thomas became affiliated as an “of counsel” attorney. Thus Mr. Warlick now manages what some people refer to as a boutique law office.
Since the move to Kane County, Mr. Warlick served the Kane County Bar Association as a director of the Board of Managers and he has performed in the bar shows presented by the KCBA. He also served as the photographer for the KCBA for many years.
Among the top of the accomplishments in Mr. Warlick’s illustrious career occurred in 2006 when he was first appointed to the Family Law Section Council (FLSC) of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). The FLSC is the leading committee of lawyers and judges within the State of Illinois that continually examines all of our family law statutes. That committee not only drafts the statutes that eventually become law but it also amends them and offers professional input to our Illinois State Legislature whenever a family law statute is being considered by the general assembly. Doug served on that committee for numerous years, on and off, since 2006.
Additionally, Doug Warlick has been elected to the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly. Doug represented the 16th Judicial Circuit in that governing body of the largest bar association in the State of Illinois. In addition to routine matters, the Assembly addressed the death penalty, civil unions and same sex marriages during Doug’s tenure. However, Doug always attempts to leave time for fun so he also volunteered to serve on the ISBA Standing Committee on Bar Services and Activities for several years.
Mr. Warlick’s skills as a family law attorney stem, in part, from training as a mediator as well as a collaborative law attorney. Moreover, he has not only been trained to represent children as a guardian ad litem, but he helped produce the trial advocacy and training joint program for the DuPage and Kane County Bar Associations to teach other attorneys. However, a great family law attorney needs to understand other areas of the law. Mr. Warlick’s vast experience in corporate, real estate and business litigation is an invaluable tool that substantially enhances his ability to effectively handle any facet of a family law case.
Although Doug Warlick’s commitment to the legal profession is endless, he is even more proud of his commitment to the community. He is a recent past president of the Geneva Lions Club and the current Membership Chairman/Director and also the Chairman of the Geneva Lions Club “We Serve Foundation”. The Geneva Lions Club provides assistance to folks in the community and throughout the world. Through Doug’s leadership, the Geneva Lions Club membership grew by 15% while similar community service organizations were struggling simply to retain members. Doug received several awards and accolades for his arduous efforts commitment to serve.
Moreover, Mr. Warlick’s commitment to serve indigent clients is timeless. He has handled countless cases for DuPage County legal aid and Administer Justice and he continues to accept pro bono cases for Prairie State Legal Services. He also continues to provide financial support to several bar associations that provide legal services to financially disadvantaged folks. That commitment was instilled in him in 1982 when he worked as a pro bono attorney to help battered women through the Chicago Bar Association just after the Illinois Domestic Violence Act was enacted.
Commitment to the community and one’s profession is incomplete, in Doug’s opinion, without a commitment to church. Doug has been active in his church in the past (PTA President at Medinah Christian School/Church) Awana, and more, and he is now a proud member of St. Mark’s Church. Doug is still humbled by the request to name him the chancellor (attorney) for the church.
Family Law Mediator, 1995
Former Court Appointed GAL/Child's Representative
Collaborative Law, 2006
GAL Training Program Chair
Trial Advocacy Workshop Chair
U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
Supreme Court of Illinois, 1981
U.S. Federal Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1981
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, (1981) J.D. With Honors
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, (1978) B.A. With Honors
Instructor, Children's Program of Divorce Education, Mandatory Divorce Education Class in Kane County
Honors, Awards, and Services:
American Institiute of Family Law Attorneys, 10 Best Family Law Attorneys, 2016
George Lazansky Distinguished Service Award, Highest Honor Awarded to a Lions Club Member, 2015
American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois, 2014
Geneva Lions Club Outstanding Service Award, 2014
Foundation Fellow, Lions of Illinois, 2013
Lions Club International President's Membership Achievement Award, 2013
Lions Club International Distinguished Service Award, 2012
Father's Court Steering Committee, 2004
DuPage County Bar Association, Board of Director's Distinguished Service Award, 2003
DuPage County Bar Association, Judge's Nite Legal Aid Fundraiser, 1992-2008
Kane County Bar Association 150th Anniversary Bar Show
Photo Editor, The Brief Publication, DuPage County Bar Association
American Jurisprudence Award, Remedies, 1980
Geneva Lions Club:
Chairman of the "We Serve Foundation," 2015-2018
Current Membership Chairman/Director
Past President, 2012-2013
Former Director, 2007-2012
Geneva Chamber of Commerce (Frequent Volunteer)
Former Awana Leader
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Kane County Bar Association, Director, 2005-2008
DuPage County Bar Association:
Judiciary Committee, 2004-2007
Children's Advocacy Committee Chair, 2004-2005
Family Law and Practice Committee Chair, 2002-2003
Judge's Nite Legal Aid Fundraiser, 1992-2008
Illinois State Bar Association:
Elected Assembly Member to Represent 16th Judicial Circuit, 2007
Standing Committee on Bar Services, 2007
Family Law Section Council, 2006
Christian Legal Society, Member
Chicago Bar Association, Member
Illinois State Bar Foundation, Member
Past Employment Positions:
DuPage County Bar Association, The Brief Publication, Photo Editor
DuPage County Court Annexed Arbitration Program, Arbitrator
Prairie State Legal Services
DuPage County Legal Aid
Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago
Pro Bono Project on Behalf of Battered Women, Chicago Bar Association