Matthew A. Cordell

P: 919.277.9196
F: 919.277.9177

Wade II, Suite 400
5430 Wade Park Boulevard

Raleigh, NC 27607
Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 33009
Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Professional Experience

Mr. Cordell's practice encompasses a broad spectrum of business and regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis on financial institutions and financial services, business transactions, securities offerings and reporting, mergers and acquisitions, corporate matters, lending and financing, consumer protection compliance, and privacy and information security issues. He also handles a variety of matters involving government entities.  Mr. Cordell has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law, and has been recognized by a number of organizations.  He is an active leader in the legal profession, serving in various statewide leadership roles.  In addition to his passion for helping his clients meet their goals, Mr. Cordell enjoys contributing to his communities.  He devotes significant time to providing free ("pro bono publico") legal services for the benefit of those in his communities, including the North Carolina Bar Association's Project Grace (which provides free healthcare directives to underserved); Wills for Heroes (which provides free wills, trusts, and healthcare directives to law enforcement and first responders); Call 4 All and Lawyers on the Line (which provides immediate, limited legal advice to individuals who qualify based on limited resources); and Disaster Legal Services (which provides free legal assistance to qualifying victims of natural disasters referred by FEMA). 

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2007
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2013-2015
  • "Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2014-2015
  • "Young Lawyer of the Quarter," North Carolina Bar Association, 2012


  • J.D., with honors, The University of North Carolina School of Law, 2007. The North Carolina Law Review.
  • M.B.A., with distinction, Campbell University, 2004
  • B.B.A., summa cum laude, Trust and Investment Management, Campbell University, 2004

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association — Division: Young Lawyers
  • American Bar Association — Section: Business Law
  • Craven County Bar Association
  • New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Craven Alumni Association; Leadership Craven Alumnus, Class of 2009; Young Professionals Group)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Committee: Strategic Planning & Emerging Trends; Mentoring Subcommittee (2012-2013); Bar Association Subcommittee (chair, 2013-2014)
  • North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy (Class of 2012)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Division: Young Lawyers (Division Director; chair, Newsletter Committee; and editor of The Advocate 2008-2012))
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Business Law; Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law
  • Toastmasters International, New Bern Chapter (charter member, vice president)

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