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Samuel John Cordes

Employment and labor Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

4.4   27 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 34 years
    Ohio - OH 35 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Samuel

Learn Samuel’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    50%

    400 cases

  2. Discrimination
    40%
    I represent employees who have been fired or sexually harassed

    36 years, 400 cases

  3. Civil rights
    5%

    36 years, 100 cases

  4. Constitutional
    5%

    36 years, 150 cases

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Location

Rothman Gordon, PC
310 Grant Street, Third Floor
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Jon | July 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Won our ADA/wrongful termination case
Sam and his staff, Lea Anne and Emily, were excellent! Ours was a case of wrongful termination due to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The case took 3 years to settle and Sam worked tirelessly to help us navigate through the complicated system and produce a positive outcome. His insight and experience throughout the trial process allowed us to receive a large settlement. His closing showed his passion for helping those who have been wronged and seeing justice done. I highly recommend Sam and his associates to anyone with a wrongful termination or disabilities case.
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Posted by Eli | April 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Sam Cordes did excellent work on my employment case. Specifically taking the time to prepare both himself and his client, and then taking more time to make sure everything was in line. His preparation and presentation made all the difference. Highly recommended.
Posted by Ron Chavis | February 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
PHENOMENAL LAWYER - GREAT PERSON
I met Sam in 1993 on a hot summer afternoon. I was giving up. In the past few months I had visited almost 20 lawyers in Pittsburgh, trying to find someone, anyone, to take my case. The few attorneys who'd shown ANY interest wanted 2 or 3 grand up front. Money I didn't have. After all, the reason I was seeking help is because I felt I had been unfairly let go from my job. I was passionate about what I believed was real injustice. Nonetheless, I had promised myself that Sam's office would be my last stop. I was worn out from trying...and sick of repeating a story that broke my heart. Anyway, on this fateful day, an attorney a few blocks away had turned me down but suggested I try Sam at his office on Ft Pitt Boulevard; and said Sam was a great lawyer who would sometimes step in, and take a tough cases other lawyers would not touch. Imagine my surprise, when after only about a 20 minute conversation at his office, Sam said, "I like your case. I'll take your case, and at no charge." Fast forward a couple of years, to a federal courtroom in Pittsburgh, and it was on! I watched Sam Cordes state my case, with a brilliance dramatic flare I'd thought before happens in the movies. Richard Gere. Matthew McConaughey. You know the names. I'll tell you what. It became clear to me that Directors and Screen Writers watch the few courtroom masters like Sam when they want to recreate the best of what a quality trial attorney does. And in my case, it was Sam's "best"...that touched the minds and hearts of that Jury, who not only decided on my behalf, but called for a monetary award of a size that made national news. I won't say much more here, but I am sure that Sam will know exactly the case I'm talking about, and be happy to share more if you're fortunate enough to visit him for legal consultation. And feel free to have him put you in touch with me, should you still have any doubts. Sam is honest, tough, caring, and takes cases he believes in from the heart. That's why he wins so much, even against huge powerful firms the other guys are afraid to face, or go the distance with. It's also why Sam and I became dear friends, as we are to this day. I just shake my head at the few pity-partiers among these reviews who have less kind things to say. But I know better. For 3 solid years...I was there.
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Posted by Andrea | January 11, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
EXPERT ADVICE
I was very pleased with the professionalism of Mr. Cordes. He was always available to communicate with me and his quick responsiveness was impressive. I am confident in his ability to manage my case. I would recommend his firm to both family and friends.
Posted by GJ | January 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He Helped Me!
After much research, I chose Sam Cordes to represent me in my case, and I was thrilled that I did. Sam immediately put my concerns to rest and made me feel confident that I had made the right choice in pursuing legal action. Throughout the process he and his staff (Paralegal, Lea Anne and Legal Assistant, Melissa) were supportive and responsive. He constantly prepared me for the next steps in my case and didn’t back down to my employer’s responses. He alleviated my anxieties along the way because I saw how he confidently handled each situation that arose. His knowledge of employment law is exceptional. If anyone has an employment related legal issue, Sam’s the man!
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Posted by Laurel | January 9, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
I have nothing but good things to say about Sam Cordes. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable, he is also very responsive, supportive and truly on the side of his clients. He provided excellent, detailed advice and promptly and patiently answered all of my many questions and concerns. I highly recommend him.
Posted by William | January 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top employment law / employment discrimination litigator
Having Sam Cordes and his firm handling my employment discrimination case gave me great confidence that I was "on the side of the angels." While plaintiffs may generally feel that way, being a victim of age discrimination cannot help but shake one's sense of self. With Sam, I knew that I was in good hands - as did the defendant in our suit! Sam is the consummate professional, and he gets great results!
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Posted by Cindy | January 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing Advice
This first conversation I had with Mr. Cordes was nearly twenty six years ago after a wrongful termination case. I am not from Pennsylvania, but rather Ohio. I had researched and he consistently came up with the best reviews AND he was also licensed to practice in Ohio. He offered extremely good advice and directed me to other attorneys should I decide to follow through. What I appreciated about Cordes then and in the following years when I've needed advice for me or for co-workers is that he is honest with his evaluation and is not hesitant to give the straight answers, even when it might be something I'd rather not hear. Not all cases are winnable, even with his expertise, especially if the client doesn't have a good case!
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Dedicated to achieving justice
I recently consulted Mr. Cordes in regards to an age discrimination case I was obviously involved with, and my first positive impression was that he carefully listened to each detail. He asked thoughtful, pointed questions and did not end the interview until he fully understood the situation. At no time did I feel like I was " on the clock". Sadly, he felt there was no case to be had, but he carefully explained each point of law that led him to that conclusion, so that I left with a full understanding of what might happen if I ignored his advice and pursued my case with a different attorney. His explanation saved me money, actually! Mr. Cordes' grasp of the intricacies of employment law and his ability to translate those finer points into "English" was truly impressive. I would highly recommend Mr. Cordes to anyone seeking help with an employment problem!
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Cordes is an excellent attorney. He provided tremendous advice and guidance in a very difficult work situation. Not only did he understand the complex legal issues surrounding my employment circumstances, but he was also able to explain to me my options quickly and in a manner that was very easy to understand.
Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the best!
I could not be more satisfied with the result of my case. I was hesitant to call a lawyer when I was harassed at work and was not sure that it would be worth pursing. I was impressed with Attorney Cordes' honest and straightforward opinion. He did not just tell me what I wanted to hear, he explained all of the possible consequences and outcomes of my situation. It was a long process and there were many times that I wanted to quit, but Attorney Cordes and his staff were there for me every step of the way.
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Posted by Kathryn | September 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's The Best
I am very glad that I choose Mr. Cordes to handle my case against my former employer. He promptly responded to my emails (even on weekends and after business hours). He also took the time to explain the procedure to me and answer any questions I had. I like most people have never sued my employer before and needed someone with experience to get the best result for me. I would highly recommend Mr. Cordes.
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
True Expert
I came to Mr Cordes with a very unusual employment problem. I had been to several other lawyers first and none of them said I had a case. Mr Cordes not only saw a case but he convinced a judge that we were right. I loved how my employer hired a bunch of Harvard lawyers and they lost one thing after another with the judge. The case finally settled for a fair amount. I would never go to anyone else with an employment problem. I can't use my name because the settlement was confidential but my my initials are JD.
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Posted by Abby | August 5, 2015
Thank You!
Sam did a wonderful job with my case against my previous employer. They were wrong and Sam showed them just how wrong they were. Sam got me a large settlement. He is so smart about the law
Posted by Anne | August 3, 2015
Problem Solver Extraordinary!!!!!!
I met Mr. Cordes and had been to other lawyers who said they could not help me. Mr. Cordes listened to what I was saying, and was able to give me answers and then ultimately secure an extremely high settlement--not only was the settlement more than I expected, but working with Mr. Cordes made my bad situation a lot less stressful. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Amy | December 5, 2014
Excellent representation
Mr. Cordes represented me in an employment discrimination case. He is very knowledgeable about this area of the law. He kept me informed of my case's progress. He was diligent and aggressive in pursuit of my best interests. Mr. Cordes impressed me with his intelligence and level of preparation. I highly recommend him.
Posted by RaShon | September 8, 2014
Awesome attorney!
Mr. Cordes is a very caring and compassionate attorney. He listens to his clients and provides them with information that best suits their needs!
Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2014
A Great Employment Law Attorney ~ very highly skilled in litigation, discovery, negotiation, and settlement.
Sam is a thoroughly knowledgeable, diligent attorney who represented me superbly well as plaintiff in a civil action against my former employer . . . whose position may be summarized basically as "stonewall" . . . and negotiated a favorable settlement in compensation of my rights. While I would be pleased to provide my name in this glowing recommendation, part of the settlement (in terms insisted upon by the defendant) includes a prohibition against disclosures concerning the suit.
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Posted by John | August 28, 2013
Highly Reccomend Attorney Cordes
I contacted Attorney Cordes to represent me in a "Failure to Hire" discrimination case against a major retailer. I was told by others I definitely had a case and was entitled to a settlement. After contacting Attorney Cordes, and explaining my case, he informed me that he felt my case was worth substantially more than what I was originally told. Attorney Cordes was right! Working with Attorney Cordes and his law firm was nothing but a pleasure. Attorney Cordes was friendly, professional, and most importantly experienced. Attorney Cordes was always available to answer any questions I had. in fact, I emailed Attorney Cordes a question about my case on a Sunday evening, and he responded within minutes with an answer. If I did not understand something, he took the time to explain it to me. I would highly recommend Attorney Samuel Cordes!
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Posted by Mary | December 26, 2011
SUCCESSFUL RESULTS
Sam Cordes is an excellent lawyer to work with in that he is passionate, thorough, and is always thinking ahead. Being subjected to the judicial system with my divorce and seeing the enormous stress and the possible dishonest tactics from the opponent, I knew the qualities mentioned were a must! Sam has a rye sense of humor and will keep you on your toes, which is a good thing. I tend to be on the timid side and had to adjust, but didn't mind because deep down knew Sam was the right lawyer for my discrimination case. I was kept abreast of what to expect, especially when dealing with corporate lawyers and how they operate. My case was won and I received my back pay as well as returned to my position in the company. I am presently top in sales for the Pittsburgh area and need to thank Sam and his professional highly qualified staff for helping to make this possible. When Sam was referred to me, he was referred to as the "Bull Dog". Sam's passion for acquiring the truth, achieving his clients successful outcome, and his expertise is how he was awarded his well deserved nick name. If these are the qualities pursued, then Sam is your lawyer. Success is a great thing!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Rothman Gordon, P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Samuel J. Cordes & Associates
  • 2010 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Ogg, Cordes, Murphy & Ignelzi
  • 1989 - 2009

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Point Park University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1985
  • Point Park University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Moranduzzo v. FSM Inc
  • Six figure verdict for Plaintiff
  • Palko v. Donohue Corporation
  • Verdict for Employee. Award of back pay and compensatory damages
  • McClain v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
  • Jury awarded large compensatory damage verdict

Associations

  • National College of Labor and Employment Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 2010 - Present
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Fellow
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Employment Law - Individuals
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers: Employment Law - Individuals
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 2017 Employment Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer Employment
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Pittsburgh
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Pittsburgh
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Pittsburgh
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Pittsburgh Employment Lawyer of the year
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Pittsburgh
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America--Employment and Labor Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Top 50 Super Lawyers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2006
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2005
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2004
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2004
  • America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • Chambers USA
  • 2003
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2003
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Publications

  • Pennsylvania Law Weekly
  • Employers Minefield, Employees' Opportunity; Courts Now Give Teeth to Employer's Burden in Employment Discrimination Actions
  • 2001
  • Unknown
  • Replacement No Longer Element of Employment Discrimination Prima Facie Case
  • 2000
  • Pennsylvania Law Weekly
  • Third Circuit Slowly Expanding Scope of Relevant Discrimination Evidence
  • 1997
  • Pittsburgh Legal Journal
  • Congress Overrules Leading Supreme Court Case on Admissibility of Evidence in Sexual Harassment Litigation
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • #MeToo in the Workplace
  • Harassment in the Workplace
  • 2018
  • Employment Law Institute
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination--the new big fight in employment law
  • 2014
  • Employment Law institute
  • Proving 'But for" causation in employment discrimination action
  • 2014
  • Annual Convention National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Trying a Discrimination Lawsuit
  • 2013
  • Employment Law Institute
  • Employment Discrimination
  • 2011
  • Employment Law Institute West
  • Employment Discrimination
  • 2010
  • What's It Worth--Employment
  • Placing a value on Employment Discrimination cases
  • 2009
  • Employment Law Institute-West
  • Employment Discrimination
  • 2009
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • 2007
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • 2006
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • 2005
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • 2004
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • 2003
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • 2002
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • 2001
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • 2000
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • 1999
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • 1998
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • 1997
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • 1996
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Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sam is a very talented employment law attorney. He is an advocate for his clients and has the results to prove it."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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