In 1990, 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 fathers' 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 almost 200 men's divorce lawyers across the country have helped tens of thousands of men going through divorce.
He is the founder of DadsDivorce.com, a popular website for divorced and divorcing fathers, where he contributes articles, videos and other divorce resources, and MensDivorce.com.
He is also the driving force behind MensRights.com, a website focused on empowering, educating and directing men to resources and advocates when their basic rights are violated or compromised because of their gender.
Mr. Cordell is the author of "Your Civil War: A Father's Guide to Winning Child Custody" and "The 10 Stupidest Mistakes Men Make When Facing Divorce."
Mr. Cordell has also written extensively on family law matters. His columns have appeared in the American Conservative, the St. Louis Metrovoice and on AskMen.com.
Mr. Cordell speaks at various seminars dealing with topics from domestic relations to bankruptcy to estate planning. He has also hosted numerous family law seminars for the public and fellow attorneys featuring nationally recognized authors.
Mr. Cordell is licensed in Missouri and Illinois.
He received his B.S. in Accountancy from Oklahoma State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law.
Mr. Cordell is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and holds a Missouri CPA license. He also received his LL.M. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.