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Twenty-two years ago while practicing general law, Joseph E. Cordell realized 85% to 90% of his clients were coming to the Cordell & Cordell firm for domestic relations help.


"During the course of that experience I couldn’t help but notice the challenges consistently facing the guys side of the table when it comes to custody, maintenance issues, and accusations of domestic violence," Mr. Cordell said. "I found in waging those fights that I enjoyed it more. So we proclaimed ourselves as a firm that devoted itself to representing men in domestic relations matters."


Fighting for father’s rights is what motivated Mr. Cordell to become a divorce lawyer for men.


"I was galvanized by guys who were my clients and trying to get primary custody of their children. Even though they were the better parent, they still couldn't get across the finish line in the courts," Mr. Cordell said. "The more frustrated I became, the more incentivized I was to help them."


Since co-founding the firm with his wife, Yvonne, Mr. Cordell and his team of more than 130 divorce lawyers have helped thousands of men going through divorce.


He is frequently featured in national media outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and CNN. For a comprehensive list of Mr. Cordell's media appearances, please click here.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 20%
  2. Alimony: 20%
  3. Child Support: 20%
  4. Child Custody: 20%
  5. Divorce: 20%

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Cordell & Cordell

11737 Administration Drive
Suite 200
St Louis, MO, 63146-3413


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199005/11/2016
MOGood Standing, Active198901/08/2013
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Co-Founder, CEOCordell & Cordell1990 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Paperback and e-book version availableThe 10 Stupidest Mistakes Men Make When Facing Divorce2010
Paperback and e-book version availableCivil War: A Father's Guide to Winning Child CustodyN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Oklahoma State University, StillwaterAccountingBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A