Samuel J. Cordes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

Samuel J. Cordes & Associates
 | 245 Fort Pitt Blvd., 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-281-7991
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Samuel J. Cordes was described by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review as “The Archangel of employment rights in Western Pennsylvania,” and, “One of the best. An extremely creative lawyer, which makes him dangerous for the opposition."

Mr. Cordes was also described by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as “extremely smart in the scholarly sense and [he] has that practical street sense. You don’t see that combination in too many lawyers.”

Mr. Cordes was named one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Pittsburgh for 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2104, 2015 and 2016. He was also named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania for the years 2011-2016. Holding an AVVO “Superb” rating, Mr. Cordes is also listed in Best Lawyers of America for Employment Law from 2003 to 2012. He has been  named Pittsburgh Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year for 2017. Mr. Cordes graduated with his J.D. and magna cum laude honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1988. He is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers for Allegheny County and a fellow of the National College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is also an honored speaker and a published author on various employment law topics.

The law firm of Samuel J. Cordes & Associates handles numerous cases involving employment law, civil rights, discrimination, and constitutional lawsuits for clients throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

 

About Samuel Cordes

Admitted: 1989, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.cordesemploymentlaw.com/Attorneys/Samuel-J-Cordes...

Honors and 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
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2004
  • 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:

  • Schwartz Kelm Warren & Rubenstein
  • U.S. Army, SP4, 1970 - 1972
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Trial Practice Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • Pennsylvania, 1989
  • Ohio, 1988

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • 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:

  • 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
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Office Location for Samuel J. Cordes

245 Fort Pitt Blvd.
2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-281-7991

 

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Last Updated: 12/21/2016

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