Litigation partner and former New York City Corporation Counsel Michael A. Cardozo is an experienced commercial and sports litigator who has vast experience in the workings of the New York State court system. Michael previously served as co-chair of Proskauer's Litigation Department and served three terms on the Firm's Executive Committee.
Michael has extensive experience in commercial cases and separate suits against New York City and the States of Florida and New Jersey. He has represented virtually every New York City agency and is very active in numerous organizations dealing with city affairs. Michael has recently filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Governor Cuomo in a case challenging recent revisions to New York’s election laws.
In addition, he has counseled and advocated on behalf of numerous sports leagues, including the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer. Among the sports cases he successfully tried was a six week antitrust jury trial for Major League Soccer.
As New York City’s longest-tenured Corporation Counsel, Michael was head of the city's 700-lawyer law department from 2002 through 2013, serving as legal counsel to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, elected officials, the City and all its agencies. His extensive dealings with the federal and state governments has provided him with a unique insight on the ways in which the government operates.
Long active in the public sector, Michael presently serves as a member of the Boards of Citizen’s Union, the Fund for Modern Courts and the Advisory Board of Legal Outreach, which works with and supports minority high school students who aspire to become lawyers. He also serves by appointment by the New York State Chief Judge to chair the New York State Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation. Michael previously served as president of the 22,000-member New York City Bar Association, chair of both the Fund for Modern Courts and the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors and head of two court system task forces.