Anna M. Ciardi

Senior Litigation Attorney

Ciardi_AnnaAnna M. Ciardi holds the utmost respect for family law because of the gravitas of the circumstances people are in when they find themselves needing a domestic relations attorney.

“Because of the seriousness of family law issues,” Ms. Ciardi said, “communication between client and counsel is so important. I will always keep the client updated about their case, and it is equally important for the client to keep me aware of any changes in their status, as this may have an impact on our strategy.”

Going through a divorce can be a difficult process so Ms. Ciardi said it is her goal to lessen the hardship of the process. She achieves this by listening and ensuring her clients understand that she can’t tell them what is best for their individual situation.

“As lawyers, we tend to hear an issue and immediately go into problem-solving mode,” Ms. Ciardi said. “I think it is important to take the time to listen to the client allowing them to convey their best outcome, so that I can gear all my efforts toward getting them their desired result and not what I might assume is best.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Ciardi is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.


Ms. Ciardi graduated from the University of Pittsburgh summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, where she was a member of the University of Pittsburgh Honors College. Ms. Ciardi received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Ciardi worked for an attorney that focused on legal ethics and professional responsibility. Most recently, she worked for a large law firm on pharmaceutical pre-litigation and discovery on product liability and patent issues.

While in law school, Ms. Ciardi partook in an externship focusing on divorce and custody issues. She also clerked for a firm that focused on personal injury, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation.

Ms. Ciardi has completed 40 hours of mediation training sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.


Ms. Ciardi is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association (including Young Lawyers Division, Women in the Law Division and Family Law Sections of the Allegheny County Bar Association) and the Women’s Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania where she serves as an executive board member.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Ciardi is a frequent contributor of divorce articles on and has submitted answers to Ask a Lawyer questions on She also authored the following articles on this website:



“I was very pleased with Anna’s communication. If I had any questions, she would email me back as soon as she was able to. She always sent me emails to keep me updated on the status of my case as well. … “


“I am very pleased with Anna’s work on my case. This whole process was by no means an easy thing. Anna did what she said she would do – She would call me back the same day, kept everything in my file documented and kept me informed every step of the process. Anna also spoke to me in layman’s terms. Bad overall situation made better by you all!”


“Anna has taken care of me every step of the way, helped me out and has kept me informed. I don’t think she has overcharged me either – I bet you do not hear that a lot from clients in reference to their attorneys!! Seriously, Anna has been nothing but the best and I am more than pleased with her work on my case.”


“Anna has done a great job on my case. What I mean by that is that she sticks to our approach, listens to my input and offers sound advice and makes me feel as though she is fighting for me 100% of the time. I am glad that I have Anna as my attorney.”


“Anna is top notch; Every time we go and have a meeting I take my Dad, who is a retired minister, just for a second set of ears. … He thinks Anna is a very thoughtful, compassionate and intelligent attorney too. If I was ever to get married again, I think I’d invite Anna and have her at my side!”


“Anna was comprehensive, to the point, professional, kind, courteous and represented my interests very well. I could not be happier.”


“… I found the letters in the Dad’s Divorce newsletter very helpful regarding trying to change child support. I found Cordell & Cordell to be a company that does what they say they’ll do, which is look after the men. … They understand what’s going on. Anna is top notch!”


“Throughout this entire legal process, my situation has continued to improve and improve, due simply to my excellent representation!”


“Anna is doing everything that she can to move my case forward … I have been very impressed with her staying on top of my case, communicating with me in terms that I can understand and always answering my questions. I could not have asked for a better attorney!”


“I am very satisfied with everything that Anna has been doing on my case. In fact, if I close my file and feel the need to re-retain down the road, I’d choose Cordell & Cordell and hopefully be assigned to Anna. Anna is very friendly, smart and communicative. Very satisfied!”


“I appreciated Anna’s responsiveness. Whenever I had questions she always got back to me the same day, sometimes within an hour. “


“I like working with Anna. I think she’s smart and has my best interests at heart. I’ve enjoyed working with her; I think she’s a good attorney.”


“Anna has been very, very helpful to me. She gives really good advice and is pleasant to work with. [There are] so many good things to say about her.”


“I am absolutely pleased with Anna’s work. Anna has been a tremendous help to me!  I’m in the military and was recently deployed overseas and had difficulty with internet connection. Her willingness to work with me via email has been appreciated. She’s been outstanding to work with during this process. I’m extremely happy with her service. “


“Anna took care of me well and looked out for my interests. Cordell & Cordell did an awesome job.”


“Anna is a very nice lady, she’s great!”


“I think she is upfront and really easy to communicate with. Easily explains the legal aspect of things to where I can understand what it all means.”

*Check out more Cordell & Cordell reviews of Anna and the rest of our Pennsylvania attorneys.


Ms. Ciardi currently volunteers with CASA of Allegheny County as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child involved with the dependency system.

She also volunteers for Neighborhood Legal Services, representing plaintiffs in Protection From Abuse hearings, as well as pro bono work representing parents at their Custody Conciliation.