New York State Special Commission on Legislative, Judicial, & Executive Compensation

Michael A. Cardozo

Michael A. Cardozo is a partner in Proskauer's Litigation Department and the former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York. As the City's 77th and longest serving Corporation Counsel, he was the City's chief legal officer, headed the city's Law Department of more than 700 lawyers, and served from 2002 through 2013 as legal counsel to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, elected officials, the city and its agencies. Michael represents a wide range of clients on general commercial litigation and arbitration matters. He also helps to oversee the firm's pro bono practice and its diversity programs. Prior to becoming Corporation Counsel Michael served as co-chair of Proskauer's Sports Law Practice and handled numerous litigations representing the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, and Major League Soccer. He was also Co-Chair of the Proskauer Litigation Department and served three terms on the firm's Executive Committee. 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. 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. Mr. Cardozo is an appointee of the Chief Judge.