Al Cardenas, Lawyer, Business and Community Leader and Public Advocate Joins Squire Sanders

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    Squire Sanders is pleased to announce that Alberto R. Cardenas will join the firm as Senior Partner effective March 1, 2014. He will join Squire Sanders from Tew Cardenas LLP, where he has served as a founding partner, and will focus on regulatory, government affairs and administrative law. Al will split his time between the firm’s Miami and Washington, DC offices.

    “Al is a respected legal practitioner and business leader who is uniquely qualified to provide an exceptional level of strategic counsel to our clients in Florida, Washington and across the Americas,” said Jim Maiwurm, chair and global CEO of Squire Sanders. “We are pleased and proud that he has committed to joining us.”

    In addition to his legal practice Mr. Cardenas is the founder of Cardenas Partners DC, a Washington, D.C. based federal consulting and lobbying firm, and The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners, a Tallahassee and Tampa based lobbying practice.

    Upon Mr. Cardenas’ arrival, Cardenas Partners DC partner Emily Zammit will join Squire Sanders’ Washington, DC government relations affiliate, Squire Sanders Public Advocacy, LLC, as principal. Ms. Zammit represents clients on matters related to federal appropriations, transportation, economic development, agriculture, education, and government relations.

    Furthermore, Squire Sanders and The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners will establish a formal working relationship to provide clients across Florida with governmental advocacy services.

    “Having someone of Al’s stature, accomplishments and connections will greatly enhance both our Florida and Latin America practices and our firm’s goal of providing clients the best available resources,” said Luis Reiter, managing partner of Squire Sanders’ Miami office.

    Commenting on his move, Al Cardenas said, “Squire Sanders has emerged as one of the world’s premiere law firms with a strong platform in Florida, Washington, Latin America and around the world. I look forward to practicing in an environment that will enable me to contribute what I have learned through both my public and legal career.”

    About Alberto R. Cardenas:

    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.

    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 George H. W. Bush’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 conservative organization in America.

    Al Cardenas
    Senior Partner
    +1 305 577 2808
    al.cardenas@squirepb.com

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