Deana Meiners - A Cordell & Cordell Belleville Divorce Attorney

Deana Meiners

Litigation Manager

Belleville Divorce Attorney Deana MeinersFamily law is about advocating for someone’s future during one of the most trying times of their life. Belleville divorce attorney Deana Meiners has seen the strain and emotional toll of family law cases, and it is her desire to be an advocate for those who need a voice.

When she takes on a case, she understands how enormously high the stakes are.

“I believe empathy is one of the strongest tools I can offer a client,” Ms. Meiners said. “My clients are more than a name on a file. They are a human being fighting for their future during one of the most difficult times in their lives.”

Each family law case is unique, but they tend to share a few commonalities.

“What every family case has in common is that they are hard, personal, and emotionally draining,” Ms. Meiners said. “That said, you don’t have to do this alone. I am here to fight for you and to make sure you’re informed about what’s going on every step of the way.

Regardless of the situation, Ms. Meiners is always honest about her clients’ rights and likely outcomes so that they are able to make responsible, informed decisions.

“While I can never guarantee an outcome, I can guarantee that I will advocate strongly, wisely and always for your best interests,” she said.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Meiners is licensed to practice in Illinois.


Ms. Meiners earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Communication from Bellarmine University. She received her Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Meiners practiced family law, elder abuse and will contests, and civil litigation.


  • Illinois State Bar Association, 2012

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Meiners appeared on WMAY 970 AM-Springfield to analyze the divorce of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.


"Deana has never steered me wrong. Any time I have a question, she always has an answer, and quickly! She's doing an excellent job!"
"Deana was professional, friendly and very nice. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer! I was a little nervous when I realized she was a woman, but she really blew me away. I've already referred her to a couple of friends at work. You guys are great!"
"Deana is wonderful! ... She always gets back to me right away. She's been really great!"
"Deana was very good! She was a breath of fresh air when she took over my case! I can't believe how much she got done in such a short time. She was very easy to get a hold of and very responsive..."
"I am very satisfied with Deana and the service she provides, she is doing a very good job."
"I have already referred her. Deana was very kind. I really enjoyed working with her. She was very attentive to my needs. She always listened and was very patient with me. She was great!"
"​Deana communicates exceptionally well. She always made herself available. I have already referred her to others."

"​Deana was a wonderful lawyer! Anytime I called, she always got back to me right away. Overall, she was just great!"


"​I am 100% satisfied! Deana always keeps me informed on what's going on and is always there when I need anything.​"


​"I really appreciate all of the work Deana did helping me, guiding me and listening to me. Deana really did her part and was a big help to me."

​"Deana is awesome!  Deana is a fantastic lawyer. I appreciate her straight and honest advice. She doesn’t waste time, efforts and money. I will absolutely use her anytime I need legal representation."
"I never had to guess or ask a question regarding what was going on. I always got monthly status updates. The communication was a great."
​"When I hired Deana I was really in a jam and she took the reigns and offered a path for a better outcome than I expected with tangible results. Due to Covid as well as my ex-wife and my own health issues, the divorce took longer than expected through no fault of Deana. In the end, the added time was a blessing because it allowed me to further distance myself in terms of a timeline from some personal issues I was dealing with when the divorce process began. I'd hire her again in a heartbeat. She is awesome in the courtroom and really pinned my ex-wife down on some issues.