Denise R. Michalske - A Independence Divorce Attorney

Denise R. Michalske

Senior Litigation Attorney

Cleveland divorce attorney Denise MichalskeA divorce is one of those events that is legitimately life-changing. For Independence divorce attorney Denise R. Michalske, that’s what makes practicing family law so appealing.

“If I can help make that process easier and smoother for them, the satisfaction that I gain from that is greater than what I could ever get from other areas of the law,” Ms. Michalske said.

The divorce process is rarely easy. Ms. Michalske compares the experience to running a marathon and cautions patience when working with her clients. In the end, she says, that will pay off.

“You are going to want to sprint, but you need to pace yourself as the process takes time in order to  be sure that your rights are protected and that the best possible outcome can be obtained,” she said. “You will start off strong and at times may feel like it will never end, but there is a finish line and I will help get you there.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Michalske is licensed to practice in Ohio and Alaska.


Ms. Michalske earned her Bachelor of Science in environmental biology from Heidelberg University. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Michalske primarily practiced family law with some estate planning and probate.


  • Ohio State Bar Association, 2005

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

  • National Business Institute seminar speaker – Social Media Evidence What Women Need to Know About Divorce



“Denise has been phenomenal. I have not ever had to call to get an update as she has kept me well informed before I even have to ask.”


“Denise does a very good job. My divorce was heard this morning and it worked out very well. I’m very happy! I’ve been satisfied with everything.”


“Denise has been wonderful to deal with. Everything has been going very smooth. She is informative and helpful.”


“Denise has been very responsive and understanding. I don’t think I would have the outcome I got if it weren’t for her. If I had questions, she had the answers. Denise is sympathetic to what I’m going through. She has been comforting and made me feel at ease but is also being real with me.”


“Denise is PHENOMENAL with updates. I’ve told everybody who I’ve discussed this with if they ever needed an attorney for this to contact Denise. Being kept informed is the most important thing for me during this difficult process, and Denise has gone above and beyond. She’s patient with me and answers all my questions. I couldn’t be happier with the services I have received.”


“Denise is an excellent communicator and has always met or exceeded my expectations up to this point. Overall, I appreciate the responsiveness and the time taken to explain what is happening at each step in the process. This was lacking in my previous attorney, and it has been very refreshing with Denise.”


“Everything handled by this firm and Denise was so helpful. I never felt out of the loop like I did with previous attorneys. I don’t know what you’re paying Denise, but it needs to be tripled! It was nice to have the support and feel like my case was her top priority, even though I know she was dealing with others. Thank you for helping in making this the best out of a terrible situation.”