Michael A. Cardozo

Michael A. Cardozo
77th Corporation Counsel
Assumed office
January 2002
Constituency New York City, New York, United States
Personal details
Born 20th century
Alma mater  • Brown University
 • Columbia Law School
Occupation Lawyer

Michael A. Cardozo is an American lawyer.

Since 2002, he has been Corporation Counsel for the Government of New York City, New York. Cardozo is a former partner at the law firm Proskauer Rose, and a former president of the New York City Bar Association. His grandfather's first cousin was United States Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo.[1]

Early life and education

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963 from Brown University, located in Providence, Rhode Island; and his Juris Doctorate degree in 1966 from the Columbia Law School, located in New York City. After graduation, Cardozo served as a law clerk to Judge Edward C. McLean in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.


In 1967, he joined the litigation department of Proskauer Rose, where he worked until 1991. Cardozo was elected three times to the firm's executive committee, and co-chaired its litigation department from 1987 to 1991.[2]

In January 2002, he became the city's 77th Corporation Counsel, its chief legal officer. As Corporation Counsel, Cardozo has litigated a number of important cases for the city. He has argued before the United States Supreme Court that the city has jurisdiction to adjudicate real-estate disputes between the city and foreign countries, allowing the city to collect unpaid real-estate taxes from the consulates of India and Mongolia.[3]

Cardozo also successfully defended the city's search of bags on subways; ensured the payment of fines by the Transit Workers Union for engaging in an illegal strike; and drafted legislation to prepare for real-estate development around the Hunts Point Cooperative Market and Yankee Stadium, both located in the city's Bronx borough and the World Trade Center site (also known as Ground Zero), located in the Lower Manhattan area of the city's Manhattan borough.

Civic involvement

A long-time member of the New York City Bar Association, he served as the organization's president from 1996 to 1998.

Cardozo is the chair of the Fund for Modern Courts, a non-partisan citizen organization devoted to improving New York State courts, and previously chaired two court-system task forces appointed by New York Governor Mario Cuomo and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals Sol Wachtler.

See also


  • Chen, David W. (December 17, 2009). The New York Times. Retrieved February 13, 2012.

External links

  • nyc.gov, the city's official website
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