Courtney J. Whiteley - A Cordell & Cordell Independence Divorce Attorney

Courtney J. Whiteley

Senior Litigation Attorney

Independence divorce attorney Courtney J. WhiteleyIndependence divorce attorney Courtney J. Whiteley decided to practice family law because of her desire to help those in a time of need when their emotions are especially high.

Divorce is often a time of tension and conflict. If someone loses their cool during the process, the result can be disastrous with ramifications that last for years. Ms. Whiteley’s ability to remain calm in the face of tremendous pressure is one of her greatest strengths. Her steady demeanor provides a source of stability for her clients during an otherwise calamitous time.

Ms. Whiteley encourages open communication with her clients. Establishing a strong sense of trust is critical to the attorney-client relationship.

“The relationship is a two-way street,” Ms. Whiteley said. “We both must be able to trust each other. I am the one person you can say anything to, and you will not be judged.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Whiteley is licensed to practice in Missouri and Kansas.


Ms. Whiteley received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rockhurst University. She earned her Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell and Cordell, Ms. Whiteley practiced family law, landlord-tenant, and general civil litigation.


  • Johnson County Family Law American Inn of Court, 2018
  • Johnson County Bar Association, 2017
  • United States District Court Western District of Missouri, May 2012
  • Kansas State Bar Association, April 2012
  • United States District Court, April 2012
  • Missouri State Bar Association, September 2011
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2019

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

  • In re Marriage of Kidane and Araya, 53 Kan. App. 2d 341, 389 P. 3d 212 (2017)


"​Courtney has been outstanding in representing me. I was a little hesitant because I am in the military and I was relocated, so I was nervous about how things might go while I'm away.  But Courtney has done a great job and has made sure that everything is getting done.​​​​"
"​Courtney was great to work with.  She is very straight-forward and direct, but polite."
"​I am​​ so grateful for everything that Courtney has done for me. Courtney is caring, confident, and has a great approach. She helped so much with getting my son out of a very bad situation. She truly cares about her clients and has fought hard for my rights as a father."
"​I would absolutely refer Courtney! Everything was handled efficiently and timely. You all moved everything along as fast as the courts would allow."