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Robert J. Cordy (born May 18, 1949)[1] is a former Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.


Cordy graduated from Dartmouth College in 1971 and Harvard Law School in 1974. After graduation, Cordy served as a defense attorney on the Massachusetts Defenders Committee. From 1978 to 1979, he served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Revenue, and then in 1979 he became an Associate General Council on the State Ethics Commission. In 1982, Cordy was appointed a federal prosecutor and eventually became Chief of the Public Corruption Unit.

From 1987 to 1991, he was a partner at Burns & Levinson. From 1991 to 1993, he served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor William Weld. In 1993, Cordy became a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery in 1993, working there until his appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court in 2001.[2][3] In July 2016, Cordy wrote for the unanimous court when it upheld the manslaughter indictment of a teenage girl for text messages that caused the death of Conrad Roy.[4][5] He retired from the Court on August 12, 2016 to return to private practice.


  1. ^ "Robert J. Cordy". NNDB. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  2. ^ "AT THE STATEHOUSE - Former Weld counsel named to SJC" Dec 13, 2000 Providence Journal
  3. ^ (accessed May 10, 2014)
  4. ^ Note, Recent Case: Trial Court Convicts Defendant of Involuntary Manslaughter Based on Encouragement of Suicide, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 918 (2018).
  5. ^ Commonwealth v. Carter, 52 N.E.3d 1054 (Mass. 2016).
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Preceded by
Ruth Abrams
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Succeeded by
David A. Lowy