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Two Attorneys Named Florida Rising Stars by Super Lawyers

super lawyers 2014Two Cordell & Cordell Florida attorneys were selected to the 2014 Florida Rising Stars list for family law attorneys by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business.

Lauren Dabule (Tampa Bay) and Alison Morriss (Miami) were both selected for the first time.

Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

Lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 years old or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less, and who they have personally observed in action.

Attorney Jennifer Paine Contributes to AP article, Discusses Divorce Parties

associated pressCordell & Cordell’s Ann Arbor-based attorney Jennifer Paine contributed to an Associated Press story about divorce parties.

The article, titled “Today’s divorces can mean cake and eating it, too,” explains the rise of parties and festivities that celebrate divorce. While most recently published in The Denver Post, the story is owned by AP and will be featured in multiple publications across the country.

In the article, Paine explained how divorce celebrations and cakes can represent a fresh start on life.

“For divorce, that means the final date of divorce, when all of the hard work and emotions are over,” she said. “It used to mean going out with buddies. Then there was the era of sending a divorce card, then the trip to Las Vegas, and now parties.”

Find the complete article online.

Joe Cordell Speaks on WBBM Noon Business Hour About What to Expect in a Divorce

wbbm noon business hourPrincipal Partner Joseph Cordell spoke on CBS Radio’s prestigious WBBM Noon Business Hour about how to prepare for divorce, what to expect and best practices for going through a divorce. This interview was featured on the station’s Personal Finance Wednesday segment on May 7.

Mr. Cordell also discussed how divorce can devastate investments, assets and your business, often putting others at peril. He spoke about the importance of preparing for such events and understanding what can occur if one is about to face the reality of divorce.

Earlier this year, Mr. Cordell wrote an article for Financial Advisor magazine about similar issues, and particularly, about the need for financial advising assistance during different steps in a divorce as well as for different persons.

Find audio from Mr. Cordell’s radio interview on Noon Business Hour below.

Joe Cordell Discusses Divorce Market Potential for Financial Advisors

Financial Advisor magazineCordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell recently wrote his first column for Financial Advisor Magazine.

In “Divorce: An Untapped Market for Financial Advisors,” Mr. Cordell discusses the important role financial advisors could potentially play, but have not yet aggressively pursued, in the world of divorce.

“They are the single expert, more than any other specialist commonly used, who are uniquely equipped to address the entire circle of important fiscal matters related to divorce,” Mr. Cordell wrote.

In terms of this potential market, Mr. Cordell gave examples of attorneys needing to sort through tax implications, benefits, retirement plans, investments, insurance and more.

He explained that financial advisors can hold different types of roles during a divorce case, depending on what is needed. This includes serving as an impartial advisor for both parties, playing a “behind-the-scenes role as consultant” to one particular side and serving as the identified expert in a case.

In his column, Mr. Cordell urged financial advisors to take this market seriously and reach out to divorce attorneys.

“A stronger relationship between financial advisors and divorce lawyers would benefit everyone involved,” he explained. “Clients would receive more accurate and creative solution to contentious fiscal issues, attorneys would not have to operate outside of their comfort zone and the advisors would discover a virtually untapped market of potential clients.”

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