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Meet James Cordes!

Q. How long have you been an attorney?

A. Close to 10 years.

Q. Have you ever worked in any other areas of the law?

A. As an adjunct to family law cases, I worked in legal malpractice/attorney fee disputes.

Q. What drew you to family law?

A. I was drawn into family law by the complexities of the practice, especially the history and public policy behind how the case law evolved to where it is today. I think it’s helpful for clients to understand not only how the court will rule on a specific issue, but why it came to be that way.

Q. What do you enjoy most about family law?

A. I enjoy helping clients through one of the most difficult times in their lives and taking the burden of navigating the court system off their shoulders so they can focus on building a new future.

Q. What do you think makes you stand out among other professionals ?

A. As both an advocate and a mediator, I have a knack for being able to step back, put myself in the judge’s shoes and see the bigger picture. This helps me achieve fair outcomes for my clients in court and in settlement.

Q. Are you originally from Colorado? If so, what do you love most about it? If not, what brought you to Colorado and what do you love most about it?

A. While my family is from Colorado and I was born in here, my dad was in the military, so we moved around quite a bit. Since we’ve moved back, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love the culture and all the different experiences our state can offer.

Q. When you are not working at GEM Family Law, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A. I’m always on the go with my family. You can usually find me at the Denver Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Gardens, or the Museum of Nature and Science.

Q. What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?

A. I can play 4 instruments (guitar, viola, drums and ukulele) and went to a performing arts high school. I’m the only one of my high school quartet that didn’t pursue a career as a professional musician.

Q. Any other interesting facts About you?

A. I’ve spent roughly half my life in Nevada and half in Colorado. As a result, I know how to pronounce both Colorado and Nevada like a native (Nevadans pronounce the ‘a’ in Colorado incorrectly and Coloradans pronounce the ‘a’ in Nevada incorrectly).