The Power List is a regular feature from Missouri Lawyers Media that examines the power brokers who lead and influence various parts of the Missouri legal community. The Missouri Lawyers Media editorial team interviews respected attorneys and leaders around the state, reviews outcomes of myriad significant cases and state records, and consults the archives of Missouri Lawyers Weekly to arrive at the list of the most powerful people in each part of the state’s legal community.
Throughout Mr. Cordell’s three-decade career, he has fought to advocate for fathers in family law. He and his wife Yvonne started their firm in 1990 and quickly came to see the stereotypes men are up against in family law cases. He went on to dedicate his career to representing fathers.
Mr. Cordell earned his law degree from the University of Texas and has a Master of Laws degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He now focuses his efforts on the business side of his firm, and in 2018 he established Cordell Planning Partners, an elder law firm.
He is a former president of the American Academy of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, and in 2017 he was named president of the group’s Missouri chapter. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Washington University School of Law.
Washington University honored Mr. Cordell as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2017. He is a 2019 recipient of Missouri Lawyers Media’s ICON Award.