David is co-chair of the firm’s employment practice. He joined the firm upon his graduation from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1985. He practices in the area of litigation, with special emphasis on employment and energy law. He has represented clients ranging from individuals to multi-national corporations in state and federal trial courts, appellate courts, agency proceedings, and arbitrations and mediations throughout the central southwest. He has developed special expertise in the airline industry and in his practice he regularly represents airlines in many facets of their operations.
In addition to his private practice, he has served on various committees of local and state bar associations, including fee arbitration, ethics, American Inns of Court, and other bar activities. He has served as an Adjunct Settlement Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma for 25 years.
Clients represented by Mr. Cordell include airlines, automobile dealerships, oil and gas companies, tobacco companies, banks, trusts, accountants, securities businesses, restaurant businesses, family and closely-held businesses, real estate developers, manufacturing concerns, and communications companies.
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Recognitions
Listed in Best Lawyers in America© (2009-2020)
2018 Labor Law - Management Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in Tulsa
U.S. District Court, N.D. of Oklahoma Adjunct Settlement Judge since 1990
Oklahoma Law Review Note Editor 1985 and Member 1983 - 1985
Author of "Lender Liability for Securities Law Violations of its Borrowers," 39 Okla. Law Review 113
Community & Professional
Tulsa County Bar Association (Fee Arbitration and Professional Responsibility Committees)
Oklahoma Bar Association
Johnson-Sontag American Inns of Court
- Congratulations to the 59 lawyers from Conner & Winters who were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.08.15.2018
Alerts & Publications
Alerts & Publications
University of Oklahoma, J.D., 1985
Washington & Lee University, B.A., cum laude, 1982
- Oklahoma - 1985
- U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit