Robert J. Cordy - McDermott Will & Emery


Robert (Bob) J. Cordy’s practice includes business litigation, white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, appellate work and major public/private projects.

Bob previously served for 16 years as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He has worked with judges from Mexico, Russia, China, Kosovo, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Afghanistan and other countries on issues relating to judicial ethics, rule of law principles and the American judicial system. Bob also served as chair of the Supreme Judicial Court Rules Committee, co-chair of the Supreme Judicial Court Judiciary-Media Committee and member of the Committee for Capital Planning for the Judicial System.

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice and Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2020 to 2024


  • Appointed to the newly created Ethics Council of the Judiciary of the Ukraine as an International Expert in November, 2021
  • Revolutionary Spaces, overseeing the 1713 Massachusetts State House Museum, trustee
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, former board member
  • New England Legal Foundation, Board member

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Harvard Law School, JD, 1974
Dartmouth College, AB, cum laude, 1971


Courts / Agencies
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US District Court for the District of Massachusetts