- University of Notre Dame (B.B.A. – Finance)
- Loyola University (J.D.)
- New York University (LLM – Taxation)
- Closely held businesses, Partnerships, and S corporation
- Corporate Reorganizations
- Tax Credit Enhanced & Exempt Financing
- Estate Planning and Administration
- Compensation Planning
- Tax Exempt Operating Institutions
Mr. Cordes is a Board Certified Tax Attorney and is a member of the Tax Sections of the Louisiana and American Bar Associations and the Corporate and Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. He has served in various positions of the Tax Section of the Louisiana Bar Association. Mr. Cordes is a member of the New Orleans Estate Planning Council. He has lectured on tax and estate planning matters to various bar associations, the Louisiana Society of CPAs, and various other professional and civic groups. In 1981 Mr. Cordes was an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans where he taught a course on the fundamentals of income taxation in the business administration department. He has been recognized as one of a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for several years.
Since 1992 Mr. Cordes has served as a director and secretary of Royal Coatings, Inc. a privately held company that manufactures industrial coatings in Belle Chasse, LA. In June, 2012 Mr. Cordes was elected to the Board of Directors of Microbiome Therapeutics, LLC (formerly NuMe Health, LLC), a New Orleans based start-up with an office in Boulder, CO that is developing products designed to alter bacterial populations in the gastrointestinal tract to prevent and manage serious health conditions. From February 2010 until July of 2011, Mr. Cordes was a member of the Board of Directors of GS Financial Corp., a publicly traded company that was the holding company parent of Guaranty Savings Bank, based in Metairie, LA, until it was acquired in July 2011 by Home Bancorp, Inc., the parent of Home Bank. He also serves as a member of the valuation advisory committee of the venture capital firm, Masthead Venture Partners, in Cambridge, MA, which invests in early stage technology start-ups.
From 1994 to 2002, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the St. George’s Episcopal School serving as Secretary from 1995 to 1997 and Treasurer from 1997 to 1999, and he currently serves as the chairman of St. George’s Endowment Fund. He is also a past President of the Notre Dame Club of New Orleans and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the St. Paul’s School Foundation in Covington, LA.