Cesar A. Cardenas

Cesar A. Cardenas

New York, New York
(212) 652-3885
(212) 652-3891

Cesar Cardenas was raised in South Florida and spent two years living abroad in Europe and South America. His experience working right out of college as a press secretary for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. – and the political inertia and polarization that followed 9/11 – led him to New York City and a career in law.

He found his niche at the Fordham University School of Law, where he began focusing on employment law and public interest policy in the school’s Community Economic Development Clinic. Among other projects in law school, he worked on a community benefits agreement negotiating jobs and other issues related to Columbia University’s expansion into the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. One of the aspects he enjoyed most about his time at Fordham was helping low-income residents organize and improve their situations, and that commitment to social justice continues in his current job, where he arrived after working for Michael Bloomberg's mayoral administration from 2010 to 2014.

In his free time, Cesar helps fundraise for causes benefiting the public interest, among other volunteer projects.

He has always been keen to see minorities in the workplace ascend into leadership positions and takes time to help individuals move up those career paths.

Areas of Practice

  • Government Relations
  • State, Local & Municipal Law
  • Election Campaign and Political Law
  • Nonprofit Governance and Compliance

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2012


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Law Review: Corporate Law Review, Symposium Editor, 2004 - 2006
  • Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Major: International Relations

Published Works

  • "Contractors required to provide equal benefits: Legality of New York Law Challenged" , Benefits L.J., Summer, 2006

Representative Clients

  • Hotel Trades Council
  • Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice
  • International Union of Operating Engineers
  • Staten Island Yankees

Honors and Awards

  • Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, Fordham School of Law, 2003 - 2006
  • City & State 40 Under 40 Award, 2015 - 2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of the Mayor, City of New York, Special Counsel, 2011 - 2014
  • NYC Department of Small Business Services, Intergovernmental Relations, Dir., 2010 - 2011

Pro Bono Activities

  • Nonprofit Governance and Compliance, 2009 - 2016

Ancillary Businesses

  • Registered Lobbyist, New York State and NYC


  • Spanish
  • French


  • Phi Lota Alpha