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Samuel John Cordes

Samuel John Cordes

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Discrimination, Civil Rights, Constitutional

About Me

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Employment & Labor: 50%
    400 cases
  2. Discrimination: 40%
    27 years, 400 cases
  3. Constitutional: 5%
    27 years, 150 cases
  4. Civil Rights: 5%
    27 years, 100 cases

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Daniel Seth Williams

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cordes in an excellent labor attorney. In one of the most difficult and ever changing areas of law, with new administrations, both state and local, and an economy in fluctuation, you must go to Mr. Cordes. He is top notch, respected by counsel on all sides of the bar, and well known by all the judges and courtroom staff as being calm, cool, collective and most importantly effective.

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    Daniel Williams Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christine Teresa Elzer

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Christine Elzer Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Samuel J. Cordes & Associates

245 Fort Pitt Boulevard
Floor 2
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222-1511

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
PAActive198908/03/2015
OHActive198808/10/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 50 Lawyers in Pittsburgh PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 Super Lawyers in PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Super Lawyers2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Top 50 Lawyers in PittsburghSuper Lawyers2014
Top 100 Lawyers in PennsylvaniaSuper Lawyers2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Top 100 Lawyers in PennsylvaniaSuper Lawyers2013
Top 50 Lawyers in PittsburghSuper Lawyers2013
Labor and Employment Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2012
Top 100 Lawyers in PennsylvaniaSuper Lawyers2012
Top 50 Lawyers in PittsburghSuper Lawyers2012
Pittsburgh Employment Lawyer of the yearBest Lawyers2012
Best Lawyers in America--Employment and Labor LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Top 50 Super Lawyers in Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Super Lawyers2011
Top 100 Super Lawyers in PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Super Lawyers2011
Pennsylvania Super LawyersPennsylvania Super Lawyers2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Pennsylvania Super LawyersPennsylvania Super Lawyers2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
Pennsylvania Super LawyersPennsylvania Super Lawyers2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2007
Pennsylvania Super LawyersPennsylvania Super Lawyers2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2006
Pennsylvania Super LawyersN/A2006
Pennsylvania Super LawyersN/A2005
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2005
Pennsylvania Super LawyersPennsylvania Super Lawyers2004
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2004
America's Leading Business LawyersChambers USA2003
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2003

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerSamuel J. Cordes & Associates2010 - Present
PartnerOgg, Cordes, Murphy & Ignelzi1989 - 2009

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College of Labor and Employment AttorneysFellow2010 - Present
Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny CountyFellow2008 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Palko v. Donohue CorporationVerdict for Employee. Award of back pay and compensatory damages
McClain v. Pennsylvania Department of CorrectionsJury awarded large compensatory damage verdict

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyEmployers Minefield, Employees' Opportunity; Courts Now Give Teeth to Employer's Burden in Employment Discrimination Actions2001
UnknownReplacement No Longer Element of Employment Discrimination Prima Facie Case2000
Pennsylvania Law WeeklyThird Circuit Slowly Expanding Scope of Relevant Discrimination Evidence1997
Pittsburgh Legal JournalCongress Overrules Leading Supreme Court Case on Admissibility of Evidence in Sexual Harassment Litigation1994

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Point Park UniversityN/AMA - Masters1985
Point Park UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Employment Law InstituteSexual Orientation Discrimination--the new big fight in employment law2014
Employment Law instituteProving 'But for" causation in employment discrimination action2014
Annual Convention National Employment Lawyers AssociationTrying a Discrimination Lawsuit2013
Employment Law InstituteEmployment Discrimination2011
Employment Law Institute WestEmployment Discrimination2010
What's It Worth--EmploymentPlacing a value on Employment Discrimination cases2009
Employment Law Institute-WestEmployment Discrimination2009
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law and Litigation2007
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law and Litigation2006
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law and Litigation2005
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law and Litigation2004
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law and Litigation2003
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law and Litigation2002
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law and Litigation2001
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law and Litigation2000
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law and Litigation1999
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law and Litigation1998
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law and Litigation1997
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law and Litigation1996