Alberto R. Cardenas
Attorney at Law
ALBERTO R. CARDENAS is a senior partner in the law firm of Tew Cardenas LLP. He holds a law degree from Seton Hall University (J.D., 1974). He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Cardenas has been counsel of record in a number of precedent-setting and published court decisions. He was selected by his peers as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" from 2007 through 2012 and has been named as one of Washington, D.C.'s top lobbyists by The Hill newspaper for the past four years.
Mr. Cardenas is the founder of Cardenas Partners, LLC a Washington, D.C. based federal consulting and lobbing firm; and of The Advocacy Group (TAG) at Cardenas Partners, LLC a Tallahassee and Tampa based lobbing practice.
Mr. Cardenas has frequently appeared on network television, NBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, Univision, CNN Español, and Telemundo.
In his distinguished career, Al Cardenas served two terms as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, the largest state political party in the country. Prior to his service as Chairman, Mr. Cardenas served three consecutive terms as Vice-Chairman.
Al Cardenas has been featured in numerous state and national publications and named top of his field in the areas of law, business and politics. A few of his many honors include: one of "Florida Super Lawyers 2008"representing government, cities and municipalities; featured in Latino Leaders magazine and also named as one of "The Most Influential Leaders in the Latino Community Today in 2008"; named one of the "Legal Impact Leaders 2008" by the South Florida Business Leader; one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics 2007" by Hispanic Business; and consistently named as "The 100 Poderosos" in PODER magazine in Business and Movers & Shakers.
Over the past 15 years, he has chaired the Florida campaign of a number of Presidential and Statewide candidates and has represented the State of Florida at every Republican National Convention since 1976.
After Ronald Reagan's successful presidential campaign in 1980, the President-elect chose Mr. Cardenas for his transition team, making him responsible for the transition of the United States Department of Commerce. President Reagan also appointed him to chair the President's Commission on Small and Minority Business Affairs in 1982 and later as Special Ambassador to St. Kitts-Nevis upon that nation's independence in 1983.
Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush appointed Mr. Cardenas to the Board of Directors of the Federal National Mortgage Association from 1985 to 1990. He also served on the President's Trade Policy Commission.
Governor Jeb Bush appointed Al Cardenas as a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU). He is also the Chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), the oldest and best known conservative organization in America.
Mr. Cardenas is a member of the Board of Advisors of Seton Hall School of Law and a former trustee of Florida A&M University and Miami Dade College. He is an investor in and a member of the Board of Coral Gables Trust, a wealth management trust company and of Metro Gas, a Natural Gas Venture.
Al Cardenas was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948 and came to the United States with his parents at the age of 12. Today, he and his wife of 34 years, Diana, reside in Key Biscayne, Florida. They have five children and five grandchildren.
Regulatory and Administrative Law
Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1974) - Seton Hall Law Review
Florida Atlantic University (B.A., 1969)
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