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James M. Cordes is an experienced family law attorney who received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2010. 


James practices family law at both the trial and appellate level.  He 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 and defined benefit plans), determining child support and maintenance obligations, and accomplishing a fair division of property.  In addition, James can guide you through the difficult process of determining child custody (the allocation of parental responsibilities) and child support, and will 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.   He continues to be active in the family law community. 


Prior to joining Kaplan Law, James worked at small family law firm in Denver.  He completed a Fellowship at the Colorado Department of State where he helped develop new policies based on his analysis of statutory law and administrative regulation, and prompted legislative change to the Notary Public statute. James enjoys triathlons, cycling, skiing, dancing, and loves watching football.


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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

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Contact info

Kaplan Law, LLC

4601 DTC Blvd
Suite 1000
Denver, CO, 80237


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney-at-LawKaplan Law, LLC2015 - Present
Associate AttorneyShapiro Family Law2011 - 2015
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
CBA Family Law Section Young LawyersCommittee Member2015 - Present
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
In re Marriage of Kazazian and Stackpool, 14CA0093 (Colo. App. 2015).Order Affirmed and Case Remanded with Directions.
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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