Crystal-Lake-based lawyer Carl W. Gilmore of the Metz, Gilmore, and Vaclavek law firm has been accepted as a member of the Lawyers of Distinction.
The group describes itself as the fastest growing community of distinguished lawyers in the country, according to a news release the organization sent Tuesday. Applicants are evaluated based on their qualifications, license, reputation, experience, and disciplinary history. Members of the organization have access to educational workshops and unlimited continued legal education courses.
"I am proud to be selected to this group of distinguished attorneys," Gilmore said. "I try hard to provide great legal services for my clients and selection to this organization is confirmation of these efforts."
Gilmore, a civil attorney who practices in McHenry County, has been licensed for 25 years in Illinois and Wisconsin, according to the news release. He has experience in family law, adoption, parentage, and probate matters, and has served as a three-time chair of the American Bar Association adoption committee. Gilmore also acted as president of the McHenry County Bar Association and was recognized as the 2000-2001 Illinois Young Lawyer of the Year, according to the release.
After receiving his bachelor's degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gilmore went on to graduate with his law degree in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
A certified family law mediator and guardian ad litem, Gilmore wrote the book "Illinois Parentage Law" and his legal writings have been published in several books and law magazines.
Gilmore also has editing experience through the McHenry County Bar Association and American Bar Association, and serves as president of the Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 Board of Education.
In 2015, he contributed chapters on adoption and parentage to Illinois Family Law, published by LexisNexis. His updated chapters are slated for publication later this year.