Monette W. Cope, Esq.

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  • Credentials
  • Affiliations
  • Publications & Presentations

Monette W. Cope is an Attorney in the Chicago office who practices in Consumer and Commercial Bankruptcy, counseling creditors through a wide range of bankruptcy proceedings. She also practices in Education Loan Collections and Litigation, managing student loan litigation nationally on behalf of lenders. 

Ms. Cope currently serves on the Governing Board of Directors for Rainbows for All Children, an organization dedicated to supporting youth as they navigate grief and heal from loss. She has served on the board of Chicago Financial Women since 2009, and is a current member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Chicago Bar Association. 

She earned her J.D. from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, and her B.A. cum laude in English from The Ohio State University. Licensed in Illinois and Ohio, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of Illinois; the Southern District of Ohio; the Western District of Michigan; and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.  

Practice Areas:

Commercial Bankruptcy
Consumer Bankruptcy
Consumer Collections
Education Loan Collection and Litigation

Honors & Distinctions:

Martindale-Hubbell BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated Attorney

Bar Admissions:

Illinois (1988)
Ohio (1997)
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois (2008)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1990)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (2008)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (1998)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan (2014)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (2015)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (2015)


J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (1988)
B.A., cum laude, English, The Ohio State University (1979)

Professional Affiliations:

American Bankruptcy Institute: Member
Chicago Bar Association: Member
Credit Education Coalition: President (2007-08); Board Member (1999-2008)
Ohio Creditor's Attorney Association: Secretary (2006-08)

Community Involvement:

Chicago Financial Women: Board Member (2009-present)
Rainbows for All Children: Governing Board of Directors (2017)

Firm News:

October 4, 2017
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA Attorney Monette W. Cope Elected to Rainbows for All Children Governing Board of Directors


May 13, 2015
Secured Creditors Must File Timely Proofs of Claims to be Paid: Seventh Circuit

April 17, 2012
Best Practice in Bankruptcy Notices of Default

January 09, 2012
Weltman Attorney Presenting Strafford Webinar

April 19, 2011
Attacking Confirmation Orders Post-Espinosa

April 13, 2011
When Spouses Cannot Strip Mortgage Liens in Bankruptcy

April 07, 2011
Lien Stripping Prohibited If Debtor Is Ineligible For Discharge

September 17, 2010
New Plan Provision Allows Lien Stripping Without An Adversary Proceeding

September 14, 2010
New Plan Provision Allows Lien Stripping Without An Adversary Proceeding

June 10, 2010
The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Foreclosures Are Quasi In Rem Actions: How This Impacts You

March 29, 2010
Treasury Department Issues Guidelines for Use of HAMP in Bankruptcy

March 25, 2010
Beware of Chapter 13 Plans That Depend on HAMP Modification


June 6, 2018
Trends in Student Loan Dischargeability

March 05, 2015
Supreme Court to Decide on Lien Stripping in Chapter 7

October 28, 2014
The 8th Circuit Opens the Door to Partial Discharge of Student Loans and Upends the Totality of Circumstances Test

February 26, 2014
The Tide Towards Tightening Regulations of Educational Loans

September 25, 2013
Maybe You Can Strip It Off or Down, But You Can’t Void That Lien

March 08, 2013
Private Student Loan Lenders May Face Discharge of Loans in Bankruptcy and Regulation from the CFPB

February 21, 2013
The Advantage of Co-Debtor Relief From Stay For Student Loan Creditors

November 08, 2012
Now We Know: How Much Proof Do You Need for that Unsecured Claim?

July 03, 2012
What Does Your TPP Say?

March 09, 2012
Anna Nicole Smith and the Supremes

September 02, 2011
Public Utility Claims In Bankruptcy

August 02, 2011
Should This Mortgage Be Saved?


Monette W. Cope, Esq. 

Phone: 312.253.9614
Fax: 312.782.4201