Meet the Chairman - John Cordisco
Since his early adult years, John F. Cordisco has strived to serve the people of Bucks County and Southeastern Pennsylvania. When he was just 21, John ran for the Bristol Borough School Board and served for three years. During his tenure, the Pennsylvania School Board Association recognized him for his outstanding service in education. He also served on the Board of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and Board of the Bucks County Vocational Technical School Board.
After a successful local government career, John turned his sights to the Pennsylvania House of Legislature and won the seat of State Representative at age 24. He held this position from 1981 to 1986 and served on the House Judiciary Committee, Labor Relations Committee and as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Health Care.
John earned his Juris Doctorate at Temple University Law School, James E. Beasley School of Law in 1986. After passing the bar, he founded Cordisco & Bradway in Bristol, Pennsylvania. It was then that he began his first regular philanthropic act, providing aid and support to the underserved community near his office through monetary donations, purchasing holiday gifts and providing food to the low-income neighborhood.
John’s worked on several high profile cases during his 27 years in including truck, bus, and construction accidents, bad drug cases, medical malpractice and other serious injury cases. John served as a member of the Plaintiff’s Liaison Committee for the victims of the Pier 34 collapse in Philadelphia. Through his committee’s work, the victims and their families were awarded a $29.5 million settlement for their damages and losses.
John Cordisco: Helping Others on a Global Scale
John’s love of helping others extends beyond his home neighborhoods of Bristol and Bucks County. John has traveled to Nicaragua to help provide a new school, feeding center, and support. His assistance has also reached the island of Haiti where he built clean drinking wells and new homes, each with a garden to help the locals grow their own food. His latest efforts in partnership with Food for the Poor continues to help the Haiti and Nicaragua sites, as well as a recently built orphanage for special needs children in Guatemala.
John is also the founder of Have a Heart, a charity for special needs children and their families, in honor of one of his grandsons who was born with cerebral palsy. Through his foundation, Camp Something Special was established at the Newtown Athletic Club to provide a summer camp experience to special needs children. John is also working to build parks equipped especially for children with special needs in a program called POP’s Parks – Park of Possibilities. Two parks already exist, one in Newtown and one in Doylestown, and John continues his involvement in spreading the program.
Bucks County Democratic Committee and Beyond
In 2002, John was elected Chairman of the Bucks County Democratic Committee where he continues to serve. He also served as part of the Rendell Campaign for Governor. He was nominated by the Governor and approved by the State Senate to serve as Chairman of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. More recently John was also appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve as an Ethics Hearing Officer.
In 2008, John joined the accident and personal injury group of Stark & Stark in Newtown, Pennsylvania where he focused on the representation of serious personal injury claims in both State and Federal Court. For over 27 years, John has litigated products liability, pharmaceutical, auto, trucking and construction accident cases.
John was appointed by the President Judge of Philadelphia County to serve as a Judge Pro Temp to assist the courts in resolving civil litigation in the area of personal injury. He is an active member of the Bucks County Bar Association, a frequent contributor to the Pennsylvania Law Monitor and was recently appointed to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, serving as a hearing committee member in Disciplinary District II.
John has been recognized by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania by the American Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been included in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list multiple times.
Most recently, John returned to his roots and formed his own boutique accident and personal injury firm, Cordisco Saile LLC, currently with offices in Newtown, Langhorne, and Bristol, Pennsylvania where he and his team serve injured people throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. John resides in Newtown Township and is the father of three children and grandfather of five grandchildren.