Pete Cordova, Esq. is a founding partner of the Cordova Law Firm, LLP. Mr. Cordova was born and raised in the San Luis Valley, where he graduated High School in 1966 from Sierra Grande High School in Ft. Garland, Colorado. After high school, Mr. Cordova "volunteered for the draft" and entered the U.S. Army. After basic training, advanced infantry training, and Paratrooper Jump School Mr. Cordova was given orders to the 101st Airborne Division and sent immediately (after 30 days leave) to Viet Nam. "I was in Viet Nam for exactly one year to the day. I went in July 18, 1968 and got out July 17, 1969." said Mr. Cordova. Mr. Cordova is a proud veteran along with his late father Zack Cordova (World War II).
After Viet Nam, Mr. Cordova graduated from Adam State University in Alamosa, Colorado in 1975 with an Education degree. After graduating Mr. Cordova taught for three years in San Luis, Colorado where he not only attended elementary school as a child, but it is also where Mr. Cordova's family were among the first settlers to establish themselves in Colorado before it was a state. Mr. Cordova's family has been in Colorado for as far back as 10 generations.
After teaching, the famed Criminal Law Trial Lawyer Rollie Rogers, the then Public Defender, offered Pete a position as Investigator with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender that was based out of Salida, CO. Pete served as the Investigator for the esteemed O. Edward Schlatter while Ed was the Public Defender in Salida. Ed Schlatter is a former US Federal Court Magistrate for the District of Colorado. According to Pete "Ed said that since I was almost practicing law anyway—and was becoming more and more a pain in his behind that I should go to law school". Pete credits Ed Schlatter in motivating him to attend the University of Colorado where Pete received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1981. Mr. Cordova is licensed to practice law in both the Federal and State courts in the State of Colorado.
Mr. Cordova actively litigates cases involving a wide range of legal issues, please see our practice areas for assistance. Mr. Cordova has handled thousands of cases over his 30+ years of legal experience. Mr. Cordova has a strong belief that it is important for those individuals who have legal issues in Colorado to immediately seek the advice of an experienced attorney familiar with Colorado law.
Mr. Cordova is a member of The Colorado Bar Association, Former President of the Heart of The Rockies Bar Association, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Cordova served for several years as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 11th Judicial District. Additionally, Mr. Cordova is a member of the Colorado Bar Foundation.
Mr. Cordova has been recognized as an AV-rated attorney-the highest rating assigned to individual attorneys by the Martindale Hubbell publication. Martindale Hubbell Ratings are assigned according to peer review and attest to a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics. According to Martindale Hubbell, an AV Peer Review Rating is a certification marking a significant accomplishment and serves as a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
Additionally, a lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV-rating. Mr. Cordova has extensive litigation and jury trial experience. He has litigated cases to trial verdict in both State and Federal Court in the State of Colorado. He has also presented oral arguments before the Colorado Court of Appeals.
* The man on the horse in the photo is Mr. Cordova's Grandfather, Atanacio Padilla, in 1910 at the Costilla County Court house.
Mr. Cordova has been on several board throughout his legal career as well. Mr. Cordova was on the Eleventh Judicial District Performance Committee, Colorado Board of Law Examiners Member (Law Judicial Committee), Colorado Board of Law Examiners (Bar Committee). Mr. Cordova sat on the R32J School Board, Chaffee County Boys & Girls Club, High Country Bank Board. Additionally, Mr. Cordova awarded the Colorado Bar Association Professionalism Award.
In addition to all of Mr. Cordova's accolades, he still find time to assist around the community from sitting on boards to providing pro-bono assistance to individuals and families that are in need. As a member of pioneering family in Colorado, whose roots run deep into the history of our state, Mr. Cordova believes it's essential to give back to this state who has given his family so much!
If you have any questions or would like to discuss a legal issue with Mr. Cordova. Please do not hesitate to contact our office at any time for further assistance.