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About Me

James M. Cordes has been an associate attorney at the Law Office of Laura E. Shapiro since 2011. James received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

While in law school, James distinguished himself as a quarter-finalist in the Hogan & Hartson CU/DU Cup Mock Trial competition and was honored to be selected as a trial team coach for the Student Trial Lawyers Association.

At the Law Office of Laura E. Shapiro, James has both successfully litigated complex cases in courtrooms across Colorado and reached fair settlements through both mediation and litigation.  James has the experience to guide you through complicated financial issues including dividing business interests and pensions (including military pensions), determining child support and maintenance obligations, and drafting prenuptial agreements.  In addition, James can guide you through the difficult process of determining child custody and fight for your parental rights.   

In 2013, James was honored to be published in the Colorado Lawyer and recognized as Faculty at the annual Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute.   


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Practice Areas


  1. Child Support: 30%
  2. Child Custody: 30%
  3. Divorce & Separation: 30%
  4. Appeals: 10%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Chad William Johnson

    James Cordes is a talented lawyer with extensive knowledge of family law. James has a great attitude, fights hard for his clients, and is committed to helping his clients move forward rather than just escalating the conflict. I would recommend hiring him to anyone.


    Chad Johnson Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Laura Emma Shapiro

    I endorse this lawyer. James is intelligent, hard working and dedicated to obtaining the best outcome for clients. He is insightful and his legal skills are superb!


    Laura Shapiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact Info

Shapiro Family Law

8751 E. Hampden Avenue
Ste. B-5
Denver, CO, 80231



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2015
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyShapiro Family Law2011 - Present
FellowColorado Department of State2011 - 2011
Policy DirectorCommittee to Elect Theresa Spahn2011 - 2011
Law ClerkKissinger & Fellman, PC2009 - 2010
Legal InternUnited States Air Force Judge Advocate General (Jag) Corps2008 - 2008
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Colorado Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2011 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Denver Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re Marriage of Kazazian and Stackpool, 13CA1531 (Colo. App. 2015).Appeal Dismissed in Part and Order Affirmed
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Publication NameTitleDate
The Colorado LawyerRetroactive Child Support: Conflicting Decisions and Practical Advice2012
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of Colorado - BoulderSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2006
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2012 Annual Family Law ConferenceChild Support Essentials2012