- Michael A. Cardozo
Michael Cardozo received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1963, and his Juris Doctorate degree from Columbia Law School in 1966. 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, Cardozo joined the Litigation Department of the law firm Proskauer Rose, where he worked until 1991. He was elected three times to the firm’s executive committee, and co-chaired the Litigation Department from 1987 to 1991.
Since January 2002, Cardozo has served as New York City’s 77th Corporation Counsel, the chief legal officer in New York City. As corporation counsel, Cardozo has litigated a number of important cases for the city of New York. 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 New York to collect unpaid real estate taxes from the consulates of India and Mongolia. 
Cardozo has 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 Hunts Point Market, Ground Zero, and Yankee Stadium. 
Cardozo is a long time member of the New York City Bar Association, and served as the organization’s president from 1996 to 1998.
He 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 Governor Mario Cuomo and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals Sol Wachtler.
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