Litigation partner and former New York City Corporation Counsel Michael A. Cardozo is an experienced commercial and sports litigator who has vast experience in lawsuits involving New York City and the workings of the New York State court system. In addition, he is very active in numerous organizations dealing with New York City affairs.
Before his appointment as Corporation Counsel by Mayor Bloomberg, Michael was a litigator with Proskauer from 1967-2001. He counseled and litigated 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. He was also co-chair of Proskauer’s Litigation Department and served three terms on the Firm’s Executive Committee.
As New York City’s 77th and 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 experience in representing virtually every city agency, as well as his extensive dealings with the federal and state governments, has also given him a unique insight on the way in which the government operates.
Since returning to Proskauer in 2014, Michael has taken on a wide variety of commercial cases and separate suits against New York City and the States of Florida and New Jersey. He also helps to oversee the Firm’s pro bono practice and its diversity programs.
Long active in the public sector, Michael presently serves as a member of the Boards of Citizen’s Union and Sanctuary for Families, and the Advisory Board of Legal Outreach, which works with and supports minority high school students who aspire to become lawyers. He has recently been appointed by the New York State Chief Judge to chair the New York State Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation. He 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.