Samuel Cordes

Principal Attorney

Samuel J. Cordes & Associates

Mr. Cordes is the Principal of the Pittsburgh law firm, Samuel J. Cordes & Associates. He primarily represents plaintiffs in employment discrimination, ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) and civil rights actions. He often lectures on employment law topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, as well as other local and national organizations. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was an editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce. He also holds an M.A. in Journalism. He is a Fellow of the National College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubble, and is listed in the 2004-2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America; the 2004-2015 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers; the 2015 Top 100 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania and the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Pittsburgh. He is the Best Lawyers In America 2012 Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year for Western Pennsylvania. 

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review calls Mr. Cordes "the Archangel of employment rights" in Western Pennsylvania; an "excellent and extremely creative lawyer, which makes him dangerous for the opposition." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes Mr. Cordes is "extremely smart in the scholarly sense and has that practical street smart sense. You don't see that combination in too many lawyers." Mr. Cordes has tried numerous high profile employment discrimination cases in the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was lead counsel in the largest individual ADEA verdict and largest sex/pregnancy discrimination verdicts ever awarded in the Western District of Pennsylvania, and won the first employment case under the Americans with Disabilities Act to be tried to verdict in the Western District of Pennsylvania.


Welcome to the CLOSING THE GAP initiative.

Gender wage ratio data show that in 1960 women earned 60.7 cents compared to a dollar earned by men. More than 50 years later, the ratio hovers at 76.5 cents to one dollar. At this pace, it is projected it will take another 45 years to approach pay equity.

Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay explores why the pay gap persists and how to improve it. We hope to arm women with information and skills to assist them in earning fair pay throughout their own careers and toward a secure retirement.
 

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Eden Hall Foundation   |  Chatham University  |  Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation

Cathy Raphael   |  Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC   |  MSA   |  Georgia Berner

Samuel Cordes

Principal Attorney

Samuel J. Cordes & Associates

Mr. Cordes is the Principal of the Pittsburgh law firm, Samuel J. Cordes & Associates. He primarily represents plaintiffs in employment discrimination, ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) and civil rights actions. He often lectures on employment law topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, as well as other local and national organizations. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was an editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce. He also holds an M.A. in Journalism. He is a Fellow of the National College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubble, and is listed in the 2004-2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America; the 2004-2015 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers; the 2015 Top 100 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania and the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Pittsburgh. He is the Best Lawyers In America 2012 Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year for Western Pennsylvania. 

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review calls Mr. Cordes "the Archangel of employment rights" in Western Pennsylvania; an "excellent and extremely creative lawyer, which makes him dangerous for the opposition." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes Mr. Cordes is "extremely smart in the scholarly sense and has that practical street smart sense. You don't see that combination in too many lawyers." Mr. Cordes has tried numerous high profile employment discrimination cases in the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was lead counsel in the largest individual ADEA verdict and largest sex/pregnancy discrimination verdicts ever awarded in the Western District of Pennsylvania, and won the first employment case under the Americans with Disabilities Act to be tried to verdict in the Western District of Pennsylvania.


Welcome to the CLOSING THE GAP initiative.

Gender wage ratio data show that in 1960 women earned 60.7 cents compared to a dollar earned by men. More than 50 years later, the ratio hovers at 76.5 cents to one dollar. At this pace, it is projected it will take another 45 years to approach pay equity.

Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay explores why the pay gap persists and how to improve it. We hope to arm women with information and skills to assist them in earning fair pay throughout their own careers and toward a secure retirement.
 

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Eden Hall Foundation   |  Chatham University  |  Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation

Cathy Raphael   |  Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC   |  MSA   |  Georgia Berner

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