Joseph Cordell earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Oklahoma State University. He is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and holds a Missouri CPA license. An adjunct faculty member at Washington University School of Law, he also is the past president of the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs.
In addition to establishing the law firms, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell Planning Partners, Mr. Cordell is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, contributes to higher education, and is an advocate of healthy lifestyles. Mr. Cordell and his wife, Yvonne, have two daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline.
Faith Ascent Ministries
The mission of Faith Ascent Ministries is to identify and answer the most relevant and pressing scientific, historical, philosophical, and ethical questions college-bound Christian teenagers are asking and being asked.
As the Chairman of the Board for Faith Ascent Ministries, Mr. Cordell provides leadership and guides the effective performance of the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
Mr. Cordell is a respected voice in conservative Christian circles and has appeared on or guest-hosted radio programs including FM Talk with Jamie Allman and Phyllis Schlafly Live with Phyllis Schlafly. His columns have appeared in the American Conservative, and the St. Louis Metrovoice.
Not one to wade into anything tentatively, Mr. Cordell has been not only an active practitioner of a highly-specialized diet, he also is a spokesman and self-described CR evangelist for Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition (CRON), as well as a test subject at Washington University in St Louis, the leading research facility studying the diet.
Mr. Cordell’s Calorie Restriction blog, The Calorist, details his personal experiences with the diet and lifestyle. He has appeared with Dr. Oz, on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and on the BBC, where he proudly discussed the health benefits that he has experienced as a result of practicing CR.
Washington University School of Law
Joseph Cordell and his wife, Yvonne Cordell, are graduates from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
In 2014, the couple generously made a gift commitment of $1 million to establish and endow the Cordell & Cordell Visiting Professorship at their law school alma mater, Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
Mr. and Mrs. Cordell were awarded Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus in 2017. Mr. Cordell also is an adjunct faculty member at Washington University School of Law.
In 2018, Mr. and Mrs. Cordell pledged a donation to Washington University to establish a new institute to study issues of ethics, medicine, and law. In addition, they are providing annual support to the Joseph and Yvonne Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law.
This institute will address questions raised by precision medicine and take on issues of ethics and policy in data-drive health care.
The Trestle Crossing
Joseph Cordell is actively working to develop The Trestle Crossing, a multi-use commercial building project slated for downtown Black Mountain, North Carolina, in spring of 2018.
This project utilizes an original historical structure, The Ice House Building, as well as constructing new retail and apartment space. This will contribute to the long-range vision of Black Mountain, in its goal of being an entrepreneur-friendly community that promotes economic development.
The Ice House renovation will create space for a new restaurant, which will feature several distinct dining areas, and includes a multi-use building located between the Ice House and the Mountain Vista Properties real estate office up the hill. Each building will be named after one of the local Seven Sister Mountains.
Local designers Hurt Architecture and Planning helped cultivate a design for the project that included a dynamic entry into downtown Black Mountain, utilizing its beauty and welcoming new visitors to all that it has to offer. The project also has teamed up with North Carolina-based branding company, Kudzu Brands, in helping with communications and brand development, honoring the rich history of the Black Mountain community, as well as its charm and people.