John M. Cordon Jr., Partner
Phone number: (716) 852-5200
Admitted to Practice
New York, 2006
- University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo
- J.D., cum laude, 2005
- J.D., cum laude, 2005
- St. John Fisher College
- B.A., summa cum laude, 2002
Mr. Cordon has been defending insurance carriers and self-insured employers in a wide range of workers’ compensation claims since 2006. His practice includes trials before the Workers’ Compensation Board, as well as medical depositions, to develop the record in claims on a wide variety of issues, including accident, notice and causal relationship, period and extent of disability, entitlement to medical benefits under the Board’s Medical Treatment Guidelines, permanent medical impairment, loss of wage earning capacity, and fraud. In litigating a claim or a specific issue, Mr. Cordon meets with employer and carrier representatives prior to trial in order to evaluate the defenses available to the client, to develop defense strategy and prepare filings needed to raise and preserve defenses, to make recommendations to assist in developing the record before the Board, and to prepare witnesses for testimony.
Beyond litigating claims, Mr. Cordon has advised clients on a wide variety of claims-related issues, including changes to Workers’ Compensation Board procedures, mitigating indemnity and medical exposure, and negotiating and drafting Section 32 settlement agreements to resolve claims on a full and final basis to ensure resolution of the claim with minimal delay. Mr. Cordon has also appeared before the Appellate Division, Third Department making both written and oral arguments to successfully defend positive Board decisions, as well as to obtain reversal of adverse decisions by the Board.
In the past, Mr. Cordon was Assistant Corporate Counsel to a group of privately held companies including Steuben Foods, Inc., Elmhurst Dairy, Inc., and their affiliates, representing them in regard to all aspects of their operations. His duties included the companies’ efforts to manage their workers’ compensation claims, streamline the investigation of alleged work injuries, coordinating with insurance carriers and outside counsel to address claims, mitigating the costs associated with claims, and facilitating injured workers’ return to work. This representation also included substantial negotiation and preparation of contractual agreements with regional, national, and international companies regarding a wide variety of issues.
Outside of the office, Mr. Cordon is a member of the New York State and Erie County Bar Associations, as well as the Justinian Order of St. John Fisher College. He has also assisted students at St. John Fisher College in discussing careers in the law at a variety of programs held by the college.