Carrie H. Westbrook

Litigation Manager

Westbrook_CarrieCarrie H. Westbrook got into family law to help people, including getting custody for her clients who are unfairly cast as the underdogs in such proceedings.

“There is nothing like obtaining a victory for a well-deserving parent who wants custody for the right reasons,” Ms. Westbrook said.

She is a zealous advocate for each client from the beginning of his case until final resolution.

“I know when it is necessary to try a case, but I also know when to compromise and reach an agreement to save my client time, money, and disappointment,” Ms. Westbrook said.

In one particular contested divorce and child custody case where her client was being painted as the “bad” parent, Ms. Westbrook was able to legally obtain and properly present to the court text messages, emails, and electronic photographs depicting his spouse’s true character and fault in the break up of the marriage, resulting in a very favorable outcome for him.

“Going through any family law matter is typically the most difficult process a person will endure and I enjoy being there to guide and counsel my client through the process,” Ms. Westbrook said.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Westbrook is licensed in Colorado and Texas.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University; Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law.

Professional Experience

Most of Ms. Westbrook’s practice has been in the area of general civil litigation, particularly while serving as in-house counsel for several large insurance companies focusing on insurance defense.

Ms. Westbrook also managed numerous domestic relations matters, including depositions, hearings, settlement conferences, and trials for approximately four years before coming to Cordell & Cordell.

Ms. Westbrook was board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization from 2009-2011, which requires extensive first-chair jury trial experience and demonstrated proficiency in the litigation field.

Associations

American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, and State Bar College Member.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Westbrook has given presentations to other attorneys on domestic relations issues, one of which involved a conflict in Texas law between the parental standing of sperm donors and the Texas Family Code.

She has also authored articles on divorce and other family law issues for DadsDivorce.com.

Ms. Westbrook regularly contributes articles, video content and responses to Ask a Lawyer questions on MensDivorce.com.

Reviews

5/5

“Carrie helped me think of a lot of things that I had not considered, and that has been useful. She has helped me think about the big picture.  I was so focused on what I wanted, and she gave me a lot of things to consider that could affect the outcome. She was very helpful in thinking long-term instead of only the immediate.”

5/5

“I feel like Carrie has paid a lot of attention to the details.  As things change, she’s been very flexible and takes care of business.  I really appreciate that.”

Miscellaneous

Ms. Westbrook has represented indigent adult and juvenile defendants pro bono in criminal appellate matters. She spoke on the “Importance of Jury Service” to several Houston-area schools on behalf of the Houston Bar Association.  Ms. Westbrook has also frequently been invited to serve as a judge for various law school national moot court competitions.