Carrie Rengers

New downtown law firm’s focus is on representing men going through divorce

Union Station in downtown Wichita.
Union Station in downtown Wichita.

Guys, this one’s for you.

Cordell & Cordell, which bills itself as the largest international “domestic litigation firm focusing on representing men in divorce,” now has a Wichita office downtown at Union Station.

“Ninety five percent of our clients are men,” says CEO Scott Trout. “Our entire focus is representing guys going through divorce.”

The St. Louis-based firm started in the early 1990s.

“We started seeing guys were having difficulty in court facing stereotypes,” Trout says. “There was not a very level playing field.”

He says that “there’s always this notion that guys need to go to work and women are the nurturers.”

For instance, Trout says sometimes judges have told his clients, such as stay-at-home fathers, to go get jobs. Trout says he’s successfully called them on that by asking if they’d treat stay-at-home mothers the same way.

“We’re trying to break through those stereotypes,” Trout says. “A lot of states understand those changing roles.”

The firm is already in Overland Park.

“Kansas, I think, has come a long way. A lot of states have,” Trout says. “It’s just spotty.”

Trout says it’s not that his firm is anti-mom or anti-women.

“It’s clearly pro family.”

Trout says the firm will start with one full-time Wichita lawyer and have another one commute between here and the Overland Park office. He expects to have five full-time Wichita attorneys by the end of the year.

The firm will hold education seminars for men going through divorce.

“It’s basically called divorce school for men,” Trout says. “Information is power.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers