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Robert Cordy

Rappaport Distinguished Visiting Professor


Robert J. Cordy was the Rappaport Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Fall 2018 semester. A partner at McDermott, Will & Emery, Cordy focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, appellate work and major public/private development projects.

Cordy previously served as 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. He 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.

Cordy began his career working for the Massachusetts Public Defenders Office, and subsequently held positions with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission and the United States Attorney’s Office where he became the chief of the Public Corruption prosecution unit. He also served as chief legal counsel to Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld, working on a wide range of policy issues including criminal justice reform, ethics in government and the appointment of judges. Before his appointment to the bench in 2001, Cordy was a partner and head of McDermott’s Boston office.