Samuel J. Cordes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

Rothman Gordon, P.C.
 | Grant Building, Third Floor, 310 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-338-1195
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing his practice primarily on labor and employment law matters, Samuel J. Cordes is a partner at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Rothman Gordon, PC. With a client base located throughout the greater metropolitan area, he provides representation to past, present and prospective employees who have been the targets of prohibited hiring or workplace discrimination or who have been wrongfully terminated or otherwise discriminated against. Mr. Cordes also has experience in cases involving civil rights violations, and his background includes issues covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. His successes in and out of the courtroom have led to his receipt of an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Cordes has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2004.

The types of cases that Mr. Cordes has handled have included those governed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. He was plaintiff's counsel in the first employment law case under the ADA to be tried to verdict before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and his resume also includes acting as lead counsel in the largest age discrimination and pregnancy discrimination verdicts awarded by that federal trial court. Mr. Cordes frequently delivers presentations to groups of fellow attorneys on topics related to his practice area.

Mr. Cordes is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He is also admitted to practice before several federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd and 6th Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States. His legal education came at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was an editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce before receiving his Juris Doctor.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 

About Samuel Cordes

Admitted: 1989, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.rothmangordon.com/attorneys/samuel-j-cordes/

Honors/Awards:

  • Employment Law Lawyer of the Year-Pittsburgh, Best Lawyers of America, 2017
  • Named Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lawyer of the Year, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2004-2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania, 2011 - Present
  • Fellow of National College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • AVVO. Highest Possible Rating, Superb
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers Allegheny County
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Employment Law and Litigation, 2004 - 2011
  • Herman L. Forman Award for Highest Grade in Labor Law
  • W. Edward Sell Award for Highest Grade in Corporations

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (Court of Military Appeals), 1990
  • Vice Chair, the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee, 1996-1998
  • Member, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Litigation Education Advisory Committee
  • Chair of Amicus Committee of Pittsburgh Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association, 2000-2010
  • Co-Chair, Trial Practice Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2005-2015
  • Member, Ohio Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Schwartz Kelm Warren & Rubenstein
  • U.S. Army, SP4, 1970 - 1972
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • Pennsylvania, 1989
  • Ohio, 1988

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Editor, Journal of Law and Commerce, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Speaker, Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, 1996 - 2015
  • "Congress Overrules Leading Supreme Court Case on Admissibility of Evidence in Sexual Harassment Litigation, Pittsburgh Legal Journal, November 1, 1994
  • "Third Circuit Slowly Expanding Scope of Relevant Discrimination Evidence", Pennsylvania Law Weekly, June 3, 1997
  • "Replacement No Longer Element of Employment Discrimination Prima Facie Case", Lawyers J., Vol. 2, No. 22, 2000
  • "Employers Minefield, Employees' Opportunity; Courts Now Give Teeth to Employer's Burden in Employment Discrimination Actions", Pa. Law Weekly 12, July 3, 2001

Representative Clients:

  • Robinson v. Pittsburgh, 120 F.3d 1286 (3d Cir. 1997)
  • Karlo v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, 849 F.3d 61 (3d Cir. 2017)
  • Seech v. Gateway School District, GD16-05672 (C.P. Allegheny June 23, 2017).
  • Patterson v. American Bosch, 914 F2d 384 (3d Cir. 1991)
  • Quirin v. City of Pittsburgh, 801 F.Supp. 1486 (W.D. Pa. 1992)
  • Pennsylvania v. Flaherty, 983 F.2d 1267 (3d Cir. 1993)
  • Defranks v. Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County, 66 Fair Emp. Prac. Cases (BNA) 1306 (W.D. Pa. 1995)
  • Roach v. American Radio Systems Inc., 80 F. Supp 2d 530 (W.D. Pa. 1995)
  • Brewer v. Quaker State Oil Refining Co., 72 F.3d 326 (3d Cir. 1995)
  • Murphy v. Dalton, 81 F.3d 343 (3d Cir. 1996)
  • Sherback v. Wright Automotive Group, 987 F.Supp. 433 (W.D.Pa 1997)
  • Ryder v. Westinghouse Elect. Corp., 128 F.3d 128 (3d Cir. 1997)
  • Boyle v. Allegheny County, 139 F.3d 386 (3d Cir. 1998)
  • Pivirotto v. Innovative Systems, Inc., 191 F.3d 344 (3d Cir. 1999)
  • Hopp, et al. v. City of Pittsburgh, 194 F.3d 434 (3rd Cir. 1999)
  • Armour v. County of Beaver, 271 F.3d 417 (3d Cir. 2001)
  • Fiscus v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 385 F.3d 378 ((3rd Cir.) 2004)
  • Straub v. First Media Radio, LLC, WL 3158042 (W.D.Pa. 2005)
  • Bradley v. Kemper Insurance Co., 121 Fed. Appx. 468 (3rd Cir. 2005)
  • Kreger v. Baldwin Borough, 2006 WL 456249 (W.D.Pa. 2006)
  • Kaufer v. UPMC Health Plan, Inc., 2006 WL 1984636 (W.D.Pa. 2006)
  • Greene v. MPW Indus. Services, Inc., 2006 WL 3308577 (W.D.Pa. 2006)
  • Heller v. Elizabeth Forward School Dist., 182 Fed.Appx. 91 (3rd Circuit 2006)
  • Colussi v Woodruff Family Services, 173 Fed. Appx. 91 (3d Cir. 2006)
  • Heller v. Elizabeth Forward School District, 182 Fed. Appx. 91 (3d Cir. 2006)
  • Pennsylvania v. Ostrosky, 909 A.2d (Pa. 2006)
  • Fowler-Nash v. Democratic Caucus of Pa. House of Rep., 469 F.3d 328 (3d Circuit 2006)
  • Wargats v. Pittsburgh Technical Inst., 2007 WL 81056 (W.D.Pa. 2007)
  • Stewart v. Amazing Glazed, LLC, 2007 WL 3334973 (W.D.Pa. 2007)
  • Conto v. Norfolk Southern Corp., 2007 WL 4370906 (W.D.Pa. 2007)
  • Lennex v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, 2008 WL 763740 (W.D.Pa. 2008)
  • E.E.O.C. v. Aldi, Inc., 2008 WL 859249 (W.D.Pa. 2008)
  • Day v. Bethlehem Center School Dist., 2008 WL 2036903 (W.D.Pa. 2008)
  • E.E.O.C. v Aldi, Inc., 2008 WL 2329603 (W.D.Pa. 2008)
  • Stager v. Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Services, Inc., 2008 WL 3165837 (W.D.Pa. 2008)
  • Smith v. Specialty Pool Contractors, 2008 WL 4410163 (W.D.Pa. 2008)
  • Risk v. Burgettstown Borough, Pa., 2008 WL 4925641 (W.D.Pa. 2008)
  • Jarzabek v. UPMC Passavant Hosp., 2009 WL 693251 (W.D.Pa. 2009)
  • Truman v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, Inc., 2009 WL 2015126 (W.D.Pa. 2009)
  • Dohner v. Clearfield County, Pa., 2009 WL 2762548 (W.D.Pa. 2009)
  • Trefelner ex rel. Trefelner v. Burrell School Dist., 655 F.Supp.2d 581 (W.D.Pa. 2009)
  • Kirby v. J.C. Penney Corp., Inc., 2009 WL 5206027 (W.D.Pa. 2009)
  • Snooks v. Duquesne Light Co., 314 Fed.Appx. 499 (3rd Circuit 2009)
  • Kellerman v. UPMC St. Margaret, 317 Fed.Appx. 290 (3rd Circuit 2009)
  • Salisbury v. City of Pittsburgh, 2010 WL 654490 (W.D.Pa. 2010)
  • Davila v. Victory Sec. Agency, 2010 WL 2636067 (W.D.Pa. 2010)
  • Risk v. Burgettstown Borough, PA, 364 Fed.Appx. 725, 2010 (3rd Circuit 2010)

Educational Background:

  • Point Park College, M.A. (Summa Cum Laude), 1985
  • Point Park College, B.A. (Magna Cum Laude), 1980
Office Location for Samuel J. Cordes

Grant Building, Third Floor
310 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-338-1195

 

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Last Updated: 10/11/2018

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