Penelope K. Westwater - A Cordell & Cordell Belleville Divorce Attorney

Penelope K. Westwater

Senior Litigation Attorney

Belleville divorce attorney Penelope K. Westwater

Belleville divorce attorney Penelope K. Westwater knows firsthand how messy divorces can be. She loves family law because as an attorney, she can significantly improve someone’s life, bringing order out of chaos while utilizing creative solutions to real problems.

She also enjoys the diversity that family law offers. It is the only area of law that allows an attorney to deal with other issues like copyright, business valuation, guardianship or estate planning all in the same case.

“Life is never dull as a family law litigator,” Ms. Westwater said.

Ms. Westwater really cares about the best outcome for the client.

“I work hard and use all of my knowledge and experience to tailor craft a case specific to the needs of clients,” she said.

She is also a straight shooter, which means telling the hard truth sometimes. After assessing the situation, Ms. Westwater educates clients about options in a case and the risk of various courses of actions.

“I make a collaborative decision with a client about the course of the case,” she said. “I want a client to know what to expect throughout the litigation process.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Westwater is licensed to practice in Illinois.


Ms. Westwater received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where she graduated on the Dean’s List. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin School of Law where she graduated Cum Laude and made the Dean’s List.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell and Cordell, Ms. Westwater practiced family law, plaintiff-side personal injury, medical malpractice, and researched and analyzed intricate legal issues in mot ions at every stage of litigation on issues of arbitration, insurance coverage, consumer laws, construction/real estate development, employment, negligence, and fraud.


  • Wayne County Bar Association, 2014-present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 2002-present
  • Champaign County Bar Association member, 2006-2010



“​Penelope is a great attorney and has provided me with great advice both legally and personally.”


“​Was able to get the right advise from Penelope. As a man, gave me confidence. I believe her uplifting, empowering advised, helped me pave a road to be able to reconcile my marriage. Keep uplifting your clients. I just needed to talk to someone. It was good to talk to someone who made me look pass my insecurities. Forever grateful.”