Location: Denver, Colorado
Phone: 303-740-7573
Email: Email Me
Kaplan Attorney James M Cordes

James M. Cordes is an experienced Denver divorce and family law attorney who received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. James practices family law at both the trial and appellate level. He has successfully tried family law cases in courtrooms across Denver and Colorado including Permanent Orders, Temporary Orders, modification of child support and maintenance, contempt, protection orders, attorney fees, child relocation, and the emergency restriction of parenting time. Foremost, James' trial experience and knowledge of the courts guide him in negotiating cost-effective, fair, and creative settlements through mediation.

James has the experience to guide you through complicated financial issues including dividing business interests and pensions (including military pensions and defined benefit plans), determining child support and maintenance obligations, and accomplishing a fair division of property. In addition, James can guide you through the difficult process of determining child custody (the allocation of parental responsibilities) and child support, and will fight for your parental rights.

Areas of Practice

80% Family Law
20% Appeals

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 2010


University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado
J.D. - 2010

University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
B.A. - 2006

Published Works

Retroactive Child Support: Conflicting Decisions and Practical Advice, The Colorado Lawyer, 2012

Speaking Engagements

        Annual Family Law Institute | Child Support Essentials (2012)

Annual Family Law Institute | Attorney's Fees, Liens, and Malpractice: Strategies and Ethical Considerations (2017)

Honors and Awards

Top 100 Lawyers - The National Advocates, 2015 - 2016

Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2017

       Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

CBA Family Law Section, Member
CBA Family Law Section Young Lawyers, Committee Member

Past Employment Positions

Colorado Department of State, Fellowship