For over a decade, Mr. Cordes has developed a superior reputation for successfully litigating complex family law, contempt, and civil cases in both the trial and appellate courts, including permanent orders, temporary orders, child support and maintenance, common law marriage, protection orders, attorney fees, child relocation, paternity, and the emergency restriction of parenting time.

Mr. Cordes’ extensive and varied experience with the courts guides him in negotiating fair and creative settlements during mediation.  He has the experience to guide clients through complicated and unique financial issues, including dividing business interests, trusts, and pensions (including military pensions and defined benefit plans), determining child support and maintenance obligations, and the division of marital property. 

Drawing upon his experience as a mediator, Mr. Cordes understands his clients’ needs while providing effective, honest, and high-level legal advice.  In addition to his success in the courtroom and in mediation, Mr. Cordes practices Collaborative Law and is a strong believer in limiting the harmful impact of divorce on children and families. 

Mr. Cordes received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2010.  He is a member of the Sotomayor Inn of Court, is a contributing author to the Colorado Lawyer and Law Week Colorado, and was faculty at the 2012 and 2017 Annual Family Law Institute, in addition regularly appearing as faculty for legal continuing education courses. Mr. Cordes is on the board of the Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee and is a member of the executive committee of the Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals.  He has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo. 

Education/Trainings

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., May 2010
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A. in Sociology, December 2006
  • 40-Hour CBA/CLE Mediation Training Certificate, January 2019
  • Colorado Collaborative Law Divorce Training – Level 1, June 2020

Presentations/Publications

  • Retroactive Child Support: Conflicting Decisions and Practical Advice, 41 Colo. Lawyer 91 (2012)
  • Child Support Essentials, 2012 Annual CBA Family Law Institute, Faculty
  • Attorney Fees, Liens and Malpractice, 2017 Annual CBA Family Law Institute, Faculty
  • Six Strategies for Successful ADR in Family Law, Law Week Colorado (August 2019)
  • Protection Orders in Family Law: Grounds, Procedure and Practical Advice, 2020 Family Law Basic Skills CLE
  • Enforcement Measures in Family Law: Contempt is Not Always the Best Answer, CBA/CLE 2020
  • The Higher the Conflict, the Higher the Stakes – Practical Tools and Methods to Manage High Conflict Cases and Clients – CBA/CLE 2022

Professional Associations

  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Executive Committee, 2020 – Present
  • Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, Board Member, 2020 – Present
  • Sotomayor Inn of Court, 2019 – Present
  • Family Law Section of Colorado Bar Association, Member – Present
  • Denver Bar Association, Member – Present
  • South Denver Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Member – Present
  • Rocky Mountain Collaborative Law Professionals, Member – Present

Danaé D. Woody, Founding Partner

Jake M. Lustig, Partner

Katie P. Ahles, Partner

James “Jim” H. Delman, Of Counsel

Jennie A. Lepman, Associate Attorney

Nikole T. Kastein, Paralegal & Office Manager