Cardozo to Return to Proskauer as Partner

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Michael Cardozo
Michael Cardozo

New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo will rejoin Proskauer when Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration ends at the end of this month.

Cardozo was at Proskauer from 1967 to 2002, when he became Bloomberg's first, and, as it turned out, only corporation counsel.

Proskauer announced Monday that Cardozo will rejoin the firm as partner beginning Jan. 1. "Michael Cardozo's return to Proskauer is a great enhancement to our firm generally and our litigation department, specifically," said Brendan O'Rourke, cochairman of Proskauer's litigation department. "He's a renowned trial lawyer with remarkable experience in both the private and public sectors."

Ethics rules bar Cardozo from working on legal matters involving New York City government for one year after he leaves office and he faces a lifetime prohibition from involvement in any cases he personally litigated on behalf of the city while corporation counsel.

Cardozo, 72, said he hopes to resume representing clients in sports law, a specialty of his at Proskauer before he became corporation counsel. Cardozo said he was principal Proskauer attorney to the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and Major League Soccer prior to his departure for city government.

He has also served as cochair of Proskauer's litigation department.

He said he would like to be active on task forces and commissions examining the more efficient operations of state courts.

"Based on the 12 years as corporation counsel, I believe I have gained insights on the operations of the courts and I plan to continue to be involved in efforts to improve them," he said in an interview.

He will also advocate for students to gain more "experiential" training while in law school and could eventually become an adjunct professor.

"I don't want to take on too much right away," Cardozo said.

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