Erin Zielinski - A Cordell & Cordell Chesterfield Divorce Attorney

Erin Zielinski

Lead Litigator

Chesterfield divorce attorney Erin ZielinskiChesterfield divorce attorney Erin Zielinski finds family law to be as interesting and complex today, as it was when it all began for her as a law clerk years ago.

“There is no other area of practice where the human and, often emotional, side of the case is just as important as the complex, legal side,” Ms. Zielinski said. “Both components of the family law case deserve equal attention and zealous representation.”

The complexity of the financial components of a highly contested divorce is often matched with the complexity of the emotional toll it takes on an individual. Ms. Zielinski is constantly challenged to ensure she navigates both sides of the case with the experience and knowledge she has acquired after years of experience in family law.

Family law, and divorce in particular, demands a balance between being assertive and aggressive on behalf of your client while also finding the compassion and understanding for her clients to ensure she can get them through this often tumultuous process.

“This is balance that has taken years to cultivate and pass onto my clients, so I can represent them to the best of her ability,” she said.

Ms. Zielinski always tells her clients that this is a journey that will be handled day-by-day. It is often simply too overwhelming to try and figure it all out at once and predict the future

“I find this will often result in pure panic for the client,” she said. “I have been hired to make sure I get them through this emotionally-trying ordeal by taking it one step at a time.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Zielinski is licensed to practice in Missouri.


Ms. Zielinksi received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she graduated Cum Laude. She earned her juris doctor from St. Louis University School of Law.

Professional Experience

In law school, Ms. Zielinski worked full time as a law clerk for a prominent family law firm.

Upon graduating from law school and obtaining her license, she worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office. She prosecuted non-custodial parents in both civil and criminal cases for non-compliance with child support orders and child support laws.

She then joined a private practice, where she continued to focus her career in family law. She later transitioned to a larger, family law practice group, where she handled highly contested divorce cases involving complex financial issues as well, as emotional and complicated custodial matters.


  • Missouri Bar Association, 2003
  • Ladies 4 Lewis (k/n/a Ladies for St. Louis), Committee Member
  • Treasurer for the Committee to Elect Reed (St. Louis City Mayoral Race)

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

  • Co-Arthur for the MoBar CLE, Chapter 18: Motion Practice Before Trial


"​She does a great job understanding what I'm looking for and implementing a plan to put that in place."
"​Erin has been great! She has done an exceptional job and has been there for me during this difficult time."
"​She is truly amazing and a role model for ample communication.  I am updated constantly.  I have to say that I am so impressed with Cordell and Cordell because of the amazing representation. My attorney is absolutely fantastic, intelligent, brilliant in negotiations, prepared, on time, and communicates with me every step of the way. I am always recommending Cordell and Cordell."
"​I am very satisfied with the relationship that I have established with Erin. She offers straight forward answers, and we have a very open and honest relationship."
"​I am completely pleased with Erin! I have gotten outstanding service from her! It was a pleasure working with her. She did an outstanding job getting me the things that were important to me. Erin is just a great person all around!​"
"​Erin has been wonderful in her efforts to protect my rights as a father. I truly appreciate all she has done, along with your firm.​"
​"Erin is amazing.  She has really given me a sense of peace that I actually have someone fighting for me and what I want. She is understanding, helpful, and thorough. Her and her staff has done a great job with getting responses to me quickly.  I would recommend both her and Cordell & Cordell."

​"Erin is a very strong lawyer! She did great for me. This was a hard case, and she came in at the end and really took care of me. I don't know what would have happened to me if it wasn't for Erin."