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Joe Cordell To Receive ICON Award From Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Joe Cordell ICON Award Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Missouri Lawyers Weekly recently announced Cordell & Cordell Co-Founder and Principal Partner Joseph E. Cordell as one of 27 attorneys from Missouri to receive its ICON Award for notable and sustained success and leadership both within and beyond the field of law.

The ICON Awards, launched in 2018, are presented to distinguished attorneys age 60 and older in recognition of their exemplary careers and commitment to the Missouri legal community. Honorees must hold or have held a senior position with significant decision-making authority with the firm or organization. Click here to read more about the ICON Awards qualifications.

The list of 2019 honorees includes founding partners, judges, and public officials. Mr. Cordell and the rest of the 2019 honorees will be celebrated at the second annual ICON Awards luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo. Honorees also will be profiled in print and online in a special section of Missouri Lawyers Weekly published May 27.

Industry Leader

Throughout his career, Mr. Cordell has displayed dedication to bettering the legal landscape in Missouri. He has founded two successful firms – Cordell & Cordell and Cordell Planning Partners – that have helped tens of thousands of clients.

In 1990, while practicing general law, Mr. Cordell decided to focus his practice on helping guys through divorce. He took his passion and created the largest family law firm focused on representing men in divorce in the world. The firm has grown to nearly 300 attorneys and more than 100 legal staff in more than 100 offices throughout the United States and United Kingdom.

In 2016, Mr. Cordell, who is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, founded Cordell Planning Partners. The elder care law firm provides individuals the resources and information needed to make responsible decisions concerning their estate, assets, health, and well-being as they age. Since its inception, the firm has grown to include offices in four states with hundreds of clients.

Continuing Education

Continuous learning and education are a prominent component of Mr. Cordell’s success. He is committed to providing these opportunities to other attorneys through ongoing education both internally and externally. Mr. Cordell is the visionary and driving force behind Cordell & Cordell’s annual daylong CLE Domestic Litigation Forum, which provides attorneys the opportunity to earn a year’s worth of Missouri CLE credits in one day for free. Now in its 20th year, it has grown in size and popularity each year for its relevant and timely commentary on family law issues from experienced litigators and is attended by nearly 600 attorneys.

Cordell College was developed to provide an additional layer of practice development for Cordell & Cordell attorneys. The internal curriculum program ensures Cordell & Cordell attorneys are not only highly skilled in domestic litigation, but also in areas such as organization, time management, and providing communication to their clients that is transparent and easy to understand.


As a licensed attorney and CPA, Mr. Cordell is an advocate for dually-licensed professionals who endeavor to practice with all of their qualifications. He is an active member of the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, which aims to afford networking opportunities, quality education, and resources to help its members further their practice. On July 6, 2014, Mr. Cordell was installed as the 51st president of the AAA-CPA, during the organization’s 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting. In 2017, he was elected the AAA-CPA Missouri Chapter President.


Mr. Cordell is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors and continually gives back to the legal community. He and his wife, Yvonne, generously made a gift commitment of $1 million in 2014 to establish and endow the Cordell & Cordell Visiting Professorship at their law school alma mater, Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. In 2018, the Cordells pledged $5 million to Washington University to establish a new institute, the Joseph and Yvonne Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law, to study issues of ethics, medicine, and law. The couple will provide annual support to the establishment.

Click here to read more about the ICON Awards or to purchase tickets to the Awards Banquet.

Frank Murphy

Written By Frank Murphy

Chief Compliance Officer
Frank Murphy

Frank Murphy is the Chief Compliance Officer and an Executive Partner at Cordell & Cordell. His responsibilities include oversight of the Firm’s compliance with Legal and Ethical obligations as well as contributing to the day-to-day operations of the Firm as an Executive Partner.

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