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James M. Cordes


Phone: 303-968-1711

About James M. Cordes

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, 2022 and 2023, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo.


  • Colorado Collaborative Law Divorce Training – Advanced, August 2022
  • Colorado Collaborative Law Divorce Training – Level 1, June 2020
  • 40-Hour CBA/CLE Mediation Training Certificate, January 2019
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., May 2010
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A. in Sociology, December 2006


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