Michael Cardello IIIPartner
Michael Cardello III has been a partner with the firm since 2006 where he Co-Chairs the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, its Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group, and serves on the firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Cardello concentrates his practice in business and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm in 1997, he served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Arthur D. Spatt, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Leslie A. Berkoff is a Partner with the firm where she serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation and Bankruptcy Practice Group, Co-Chair of the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group and Advisory Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committe
Mr. Cardello represents large and small businesses, financial institutions and individuals in Federal and State Courts in complex commercial matters. He has a wide-range of experience that includes trials and appellate work in the areas of corporate disputes, shareholder derivative actions, dissolutions, construction disputes, equipment and vehicle leasing disputes and other complex commercial and business disputes.
Mr. Cardello also serves as a Court-Appointed Discovery Referee and Special Referee by various courts to oversee all aspects of the discovery process in complex commercial cases. From 2005 through 2008, Mr. Cardello oversaw all aspects of discovery in Delta Financial Corp. v. Morrison, in which he rendered many written decision related to discovery, e-discovery and privilege issues and presided over sixty-five depositions. From 2009 through 2015, Mr. Cardello served as Special Referee in a very large multi-party construction defect case captioned Archstone v. Tocci Building Corporation of New Jersey. During his appointment, Mr. Cardello issued numerous decisions regarding complex e-discovery issues as well as issuing decisions on other non-dispositive motions. From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Cardello served as the Special Referee in the related insurance coverage action to the Archstone construction defect case, captioned QBE Insurance Corporation v. Adjo Contracting Corporation. During his tenure, Mr. Cardello issued numerous decisions and rulings in order to prepare the case for trial. Mr. Cardello was also involved in the settlement process, which lead to a resolution.
From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Cardello served as the Special Referee to oversee the dissolution of a law firm and the wind up of its affairs. During his appointment, Mr. Cardello dealt with many legal issues and was successful in separating the law firm into two firms. On consent of the parties, he has presided over a trial on one unresolved issue related to the wind up which resulted in a settlement. He is currently appointed to a number of cases as Discovery Referee and Special Referee by Justices of the Supreme Court for the State of New York.
Mr. Cardello is also approved by the Officer of Court Administration in the State of New York to serve as a Receiver and has been appointed by the Court as Receiver to oversee the dissolution and wind up of the affairs of businesses and for the collection of rents for commercial properties. Mr. Cardello served as a Court Appointed Receiver for a 250,000 square foot office building that was the subject of a commercial foreclosure. He also mediates complex commercial litigation cases pending in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
Mr. Cardello is the former Chair of the Federal Courts Committee and the Commercial Litigation Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. Mr. Cardello previously served on the Judiciary Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and is also a member of its Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is also the District Leader for the 10th Judicial District for the Commercial and Federal Section of the NYSBA. In addition, he is a participant at the Sedona Conference and also frequently lectures on mediation, discovery, trial practice, equipment and vehicle leasing issues and e-discovery.
Hofstra University, J.D. 1996
Associate Editor, Hofstra Law Review
Hofstra University, M.B.A. 1988 (Finance)
Hofstra University, B.A. 1986 (Marketing)
Mr. Cardello is admitted to practice in New York. He is also admitted to practice in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Cardello serves on the EDNY Litigation Advisory Committee, as well as on the Nassau County Bar Association’s WE CARE Fund Advisory Board. In addition, he also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Metro New York/Connecticut Chapter of the National Vehicle Leasing Association. Mr. Cardello also serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Nassau County. Mr. Cardello is the former President (2017-2018) of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court. He serves as a fellow of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters and on the Board of Directors for the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
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