Given as part of the Missouri Lawyer Awards program, the Lawyer of the Year is awarded to “the Missouri lawyer or judge who (has) made a substantial impact on the law or the Missouri legal community.” It is Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s highest honor.
- An awards ceremony will be held in St. Louis on Jan. 24, 2014. Cordes is the first Husch Blackwell lawyer to be selected as “Lawyer of the Year.”
As a nationally recognized federal prosecutor and a leader in complex criminal litigation, Cordes’ pioneering work involved some of the most complex and contested criminal litigation cases in the history of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Today, Cordes represents companies and individuals for government compliance issues and also those who find themselves under criminal and civil investigation by the federal and state governments.
Past honorees selected as “Lawyer of the Year,” include:
- 2013: Kent Syverud – Washington University School of Law dean (see video with this article)
- 2012: Attorneys Mark Bronson and Steve Bronson, Newman Bronson & Wallis; James Dowd; Joseph Yeckel – plaintiffs’ attorneys who won the largest jury verdict in St. Louis history
- 2011: Amy Lorenz-Moser – Armstrong Teasdale, St. Louis
- 2010: John Mulligan Jr. – University City attorney
- 2009: Judge Richard Callahan – U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Missouri
Cordes began her legal career as a trial attorney with the U.S. Attorney General Honors Program. She was the youngest assistant U.S. attorney in the country at the time she was hired by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri.
She earned her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School (2004) and her B.S. in journalism from Boston University (2001). Cordes was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri.
Husch Blackwell is an industry-focused, full-service litigation and business law firm with locations in 16 U.S. cities and in London. It represents national and global leaders in major industries that include energy and natural resources; financial services; food and agribusiness; healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals; real estate, development and construction; and technology, manufacturing and transportation.