Candace Wayne, Principal & Partner

Candace Wayne is a highly respected family law attorney who is bold in her approach to settlement as well as litigation. She offers more than 35 years of experience in all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on the financial and business aspects and custody and visitation issues.

A graduate of DePaul University College of Law, Ms. Wayne was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni in 2012 and is a member of the DePaul Family Law Center Advisory Board. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Cook County Court Facilitator Program, as well as the American Bar Association and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. Ms. Wayne received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University where she has continued her involvement through the Luther Rice Society.

Ms. Wayne has lectured at Kent College of Law, Northeastern Illinois University, the University of Illinois Chicago, and DePaul University College of Law. She regularly mentors younger attorneys informally and started a dinner group for women who are veterans in the practice of family law.

Ms. Wayne is a long-time resident of Chicago and is an active member of various neighborhood, political, civic, and philanthropic organizations to which she devotes her time and resources when not working or spending time with her family and friends.

Professional Honors & Awards:

  • DePaul University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2012

Lectures & Seminars:

  • Guest Speaker, Decalogue Society, with Kamran Bajwa, November 2015, Family Law Issues within the Jewish & Moslem Religions.
  • Guest Speaker, DePaul College of Law Family Law class (Professor Roberta Kwall), October 2015, Changing Role & Rules about Maintenance.
  • Lecturer, Legal Skills Series, Center for Public Interest Law at DePaul College of Law: Basics in Family Law, Mondays, March 30–April 27, 2015.
  • Speaker, IICLE Divorce Boot Camp session, March 2015, Discovery Tool Box: Know What to Use and When to Use It.
  • Speaker, An Overview of Family Law: 5 Sessions, Chicago Bar Association, September 2009, Nuts and Bolts Overview of Child Custody Evaluations
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  • DePaul Univeristy College of Law, Juris Doctorate
  • George Washington University, Bachelor of Arts


  • Illinois State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • Illinois State Bar Association