Michelle Hughes

Senior Attorney

attorney michelle hughesThe process of divorce is both a challenging and difficult time for all parties involved.

So in order to zealously serve her clients during a divorce, Michelle Hughes said she has two responsibilities: part counselor of law and part counselor of the soul.

“I understand that the emotional and financial implications of divorce can be overwhelming,” she said. “I pledge to aggressively work with each client to achieve the results that you deserve.”

To reach this goal, it is imperative that the lines of communication between attorney and client remain open, she said.

“It’s important that we work together to develop a plan of action for the case, especially if it’s information that I have to know” Ms. Hughes said. “If I don’t know something, I can’t protect you from it in court.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Hughes is licensed in the states of Missouri and Illinois and admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.


A native to metro St. Louis, Ms. Hughes received her BBA in Economics and Finances from McKendree College. She later received her Juris Doctor from Thomas Cooley Law School where she graduated cum laude.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Hughes worked at a general practice firm where she handled a wide variety of legal matters, including, bankruptcy, worker’s compensation and domestic law cases.

Her experience in other legal areas allows her to provide clients with a more comprehensive legal representation.


Currently, Ms. Hughes is a member of the Missouri Bar, Illinois Bar and Jefferson County Bar Associate.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Hughes frequently authors articles on family law for DadsDivorce.com.

Michelle has also contributed responses to Ask a Lawyer questions on MensDivorce.com.



“I have been very happy with Michelle! I especially like how responsive she is. She is perfect when it comes to getting back to me! Her emails are very descriptive and explain everything. This is nice for me as it is my preferred form of contact. Overall I am very satisfied.”


“I trust Michelle. She has been great! I am very comfortable with her. She represents the company well. Michelle seems very gracious, kind and gentle-hearted. That has served me well. I really appreciate that with what I’m going through. I know this is her job, but I can tell her heart is in it. Overall I’m very pleased.”


“Michelle is doing a great job! She has kept me informed throughout the entire process. … She’s done very well coaching me through this!”


“I thought Michelle was extraordinarily competent.  She did a good job and seems really interested in my well-being.”


“Michelle has been very easy to work with.  She is understanding and really listens.”


“Michelle has been very accessible. She always provides a straight answer whether I like it or not, which is what I need. I have been very pleased, and in fact, things should be wrapping up here shortly.”


“Michelle’s been excellent! She’s done everything she can to make sure I stay on track.”


“Michelle was great! Just her ability to do the job was spot on. I hired you all to get me fair time with my son and I ended up getting more than expected.”


“I have met with Michelle several times, and she’s always been open and upfront with her recommendations. Michelle is committed to my case and my best interests.”


“Michelle is a phenomenal attorney. The one thing that stands out most about her is that she seems to really care about me, my case and what’s in my best interests. I feel as though I am in good hands with Michelle and your firm.”


“Michelle was very good at understanding my goals and was efficient in pursuing those goals.  Michelle was also very good at communication. I am happy with having chosen Cordell & Cordell.”


“Great communication from Michelle. She did her best to keep me informed, including times when the opposing party did not follow through with their timeframe/commitment to details.”


“Michelle was exceptional. I appreciate, sincerely, what she did and how she went about doing it. Fantastic work all around!”


“The communication is exceptional and she has told me several times she is praying for me. It is great to know she is always in my corner fighting for me.”


“I think you guys did great. Michelle handled everything I asked of her. I don’t know any other way to put it other than she did a great job. I am really glad I switched from the previous firm that I hired originally.”


“Michelle is fantastic. I don’t have any complaints with her at all. She listens, she doesn’t treat me like a number, [and] she actually cares about what is right and not just the law. She does what you would hope an attorney would do; she doesn’t just go through the motions. I couldn’t be happier with her.”


“Michelle has always called me back and takes time for all of my questions. I couldn’t be happier with Michelle. She has been honest and upfront with me from the beginning. She listens to all my questions and takes the time to answer them all. I am more than satisfied with everything your firm is doing for me … She has taken the worry out of an unpleasant set of circumstances, which has allowed me to stay focused on other things. She has shown a level of professionalism that is above reproach. Thank you.”

*Check out more Cordell & Cordell reviews of Michelle and the rest of our Missouri attorneys.


In addition to her professional memberships, Ms. Hughes is active in Kids’ Chance, an organization dedicated to providing children, whose parents have suffered a catastrophic injury, with college scholarships.