Joseph Cordell

Joseph Cordell

Co-Founder, Principal Partner

* Mr. Cordell is based in the United States and is not licensed to practice in the United Kingdom

In 1990, while practicing general law, Joseph Cordell realized many 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 and expand the Cordell & Cordell footprint internationally to helping men facing divorce in London and the UK.

“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 hundreds of divorce lawyers have helped tens of thousands of men going through divorce.

Licenses & Admissions

Mr. Cordell is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. He is not licensed in the United Kingdom.


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.