New York City's Corporation Counsel

Michael Cardozo
Corporation Counsel
Michael Cardozo is New York City's Corporation Counsel. Prior to his appointment, Cardozo was a senior partner at Proskauer Rose, LLP, one of New York City's largest law firms. Cardozo joined the firm in 1967 and has since been elected to the firm's executive committee three times. He also co-chaired its Litigation Department from 1987 to 1991. Prior to joining the firm, Cardozo was a law clerk in the chambers of the late Honorable Edward C. McClean in the Southern District of New York. From 1996 to 1998, Cardozo served as President of the New York City Bar Association, where he has worked on numerous committees for over 30 years. 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 Cuomo and Chief Judge Wachler. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute, the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Council Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Anti-Defamation League. Cardozo earned his Juris Doctorate degree at Columbia Law School in 1966, where he was an editor of its Law Review and is currently the Chair of its Board of Visitors. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1963.