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 85% to 90% 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.


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 and, popular websites for divorced and divorcing fathers, where he contributes articles, videos and other divorce resources.

He is also the driving force behind, 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 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


The Wall Street Journal on the firm’s unique approach of representing men in divorce

The Wall Street Journal Profiles Cordell & Cordell, Satisfied Clients

CNN on divorcing in the recession

Time Magazine on divorcing while dying

Time Magazine on Facebook and divorce

The New York Times on unemployment and its impact on child support

German newsmagazine Die Welt on fathers rights

National Law Journal on representing men in divorce

Chicago Tribune on common divorce mistakes

Cincinnati Enquirer on “Law Firm Growing With Niche: Men”

Belleville News-Democrat on asset protection

St. Louis Post-Dispatch on asset protection in cohabiting relationships

St. Louis Post-Dispatch on “Keeping Judgment Hounds At Bay”

St. Charles Suburban Journal on using Facebook during divorce

St. Petersburg Times on Facebook altering custody agreements

Crain’s Chicago Business: Family Business Survival Guide

Birmingham News Profiles Cordell & Cordell

USA Today article on Fathers’ Rights in Custody Cases

Financial Advisor Magazine column



Huffington Post columnist, August 2014

Huffington Post columnist, June 2014

Huffington Post columnist on Judge’s Bizarre Ruling In Facebook Case

Business Insider on the rise of “man-imony” on child support on remaining in the marital home on Dwyane Wade Custody Case on “The Custody Bias” on “The Real Cost of a Divorce”



Bloomberg Radio on more men receiving spousal support

Sporting News Radio on Dodgers owner Frank McCourt’s divorce

Sporting News Radio on the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership situation

Fox News Radio on bias against men in divorce courts

Bloomberg News on Cordell & Cordell’s growth

The Wall Street Journal This Morning radio show on Tiger Woods

WIBA radio in Wisconsin on divorce rights for men

Dresser After Dark on prenuptial agreements

“A Dad’s Point of View” radio show with Bruce Sallan

McCarthy and Friends Show on 94.1 KPVR in St. Louis

KTRS 550 in St. Louis on the real reasons for divorce

KTRS 550 in St. Louis on why marriage, divorce rates are down

970 WFLA in Tampa on common divorce mistakes

K104 in Dallas Discusses Cordell & Cordell’s ‘Life Mission’

Money Radio interview discussing divorce for dads and common mistakes that men face during divorce

WBBM’s Noon Business Hour, Personal Finance Wednesday segment.

WNTP Philadelphia Mark Daniels Show, Previewing Men’s Divorce School events



“Fox & Friends” Debate on Men’s Rights

KPLR 11 in St. Louis on keeping your cool in a divorce

FOX Charlotte on Cordell & Cordell’s mission

“Conversation with Lee Presser” on men’s rights and Cordell & Cordell’s history