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2014 CLE Sells Out With More Than 340 Participants

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More than 340 attorneys attended and participated in Cordell & Cordell’s 14th Annual Domestic Litigation Forum on April 11, 2014. This year’s CLE was the first forum to sell out and was the largest CLE event yet.

With ten separate speakers from offices all across the country presenting topics to the attorney participants, this year’s CLE focused on a number of different key issues.

Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joe Cordell moderated the seminar.

Topics included tax issues in divorce cases, litigating family law cases on a budget, military divorce and custody, child support, ethics in family practice and more.

The full list of speakers included:

Scott C. Trout, Executive/Managing Partner and CEO, St. Louis office

Frank Murphy, Senior Partner, St. Louis office

Barbara Johnson-Stern, Partner, Denver office

Jason Bowman, Senior Attorney, Louisville office

Lisa F. Karges, Senior Attorney, Tampa office

Brad K. Cunningham, Litigation Manager, Tulsa office

Erica Gittings, Litigation Manager, Madison and Milwaukee offices

Cherlyn Crosby, Assistant Litigation Manager, St. Charles office

Kelly L. Burris, Team Leader, Austin office

Heather Biagi, Assistant Team Leader, St. Louis office

Cordell & Cordell Names Two New Partners

Zurek-JohnsonSternBarbara Johnson-Stern and Kristin Zurek were named Partner at Cordell & Cordell’s annual firm Christmas party on Dec. 7.

Both Ms. Johnson-Stern and Ms. Zurek are long-time attorneys with the firm whose commitment to the organization and the clients they serve has elevated them to the Partner level.

Ms. Johnson-Stern is based in Denver and has practiced family law almost exclusively since she became a lawyer in 1999.

Ms. Zurek is based in St. Louis and previously was the firm’s Lead Litigator.

KKTV 11: Relationships And The Economy

Cordell & Cordell attorney Barbara Johnson-Stern was interviewed by KKTV 11 News in Colorado Springs on the effect the economy may have on relationships.

Across the country divorce attorneys report business is down. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers says 37% of attorneys polled reported fewer divorces during this economic downturn. But here in Colorado, at least at the offices of Cordell and Cordell, business has been consistent.

“We are still seeing a lot of people come in and really want to start and finish their divorce. It can be a good time to end your marriage,” said Johnson-Stern. She says that’s because during a recession, there’s less to divide up.

“If your house value is down, lets say a year ago you had $100,000 you had to share, now you have $10,000, it may be possible for one party to keep a house if all they have to distribute is $10,000,” Johnson-Stern said.

Watch or read the complete story on divorce in a recession.