Joseph E. Cordell

Co-Founder, CEO, Executive Partner

Cordell & Cordell CEO and Co-founder Joseph CordellIn 1990, while practicing general law, Joseph E. Cordell, J.D., C.P.A., LL.M., P.F.S., realized most of his clients were coming to the Cordell & Cordell firm for domestic relations help.

“During the course of that experience I couldn’t help but notice the challenges consistently facing the guys side of the table when it comes to custody, maintenance issues, and accusations of domestic violence,” Mr. Cordell said. “I found in waging those fights that I enjoyed it more. So we proclaimed ourselves as a firm that devoted itself to representing men in domestic relations matters.”

Fighting for fathers’ rights is what motivated Mr. Cordell to become a divorce lawyer for men.

“I was galvanized by guys who were my clients and trying to get primary custody of their children. Even though they were the better parent, they still couldn’t get across the finish line in the courts,” Mr. Cordell said. “The more frustrated I became, the more incentivized I was to help them.”

Since co-founding the firm with his wife, Yvonne, Mr. Cordell and his team of more than 170 divorce lawyers have helped thousands of men going through divorce.

He is frequently featured in national media outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and CNN. Please see “Media Appearances” below for a comprehensive list of Mr. Cordell’s online, print, radio, and TV interviews.

Mr. Cordell is also an adjunct faculty member at Washington University School of Law.

Licenses & Admissions

Mr. Cordell is licensed in Missouri and Illinois.

Education

He received his B.S. in Accountancy from Oklahoma State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law.

Mr. Cordell is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and holds a Missouri CPA license. He also received his LL.M. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

He is the founder MensDivorce.com and DadsDivorce.com, popular websites for divorced and divorcing fathers, where he contributes articles, videos and other divorce resources.

He is also the driving force behind MensRights.com, a website focused on empowering, educating and directing men to resources and advocates when their basic rights are violated or compromised because of their gender.

Mr. Cordell is the author of “Your Civil War: A Father’s Guide to Winning Child Custody” and “The 10 Stupidest Mistakes Men Make When Facing Divorce.

Mr. Cordell has also written extensively on family law matters. His columns have appeared in the American Conservative, the St. Louis Metrovoice and on HuffingtonPost.com. View Mr. Cordell’s articles on divorce.

Mr. Cordell speaks at various seminars dealing with topics from domestic relations to bankruptcy to estate planning. He has also hosted numerous family law seminars for the public and fellow attorneys.

He was the keynote speaker at the 2014 AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference and also participated on a panel about “Prenuptial Agreements – Representing the Economically Dominant and Weaker Parties.” (Click here to view pictures of the conference.)

He is frequently featured in national media outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and CNN. Please see “Media Appearances” below for a comprehensive list of Mr. Cordell’s online, print, radio, and TV interviews.

Media Appearances

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New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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