Squire Patton Boggs senior partner Al Cardenas has been honored with the “Lifetime Achievement” award by the Daily Business Review. As part of its 2016 Professional Excellence Awards, this recognition celebrates the legacy of 14 renowned lawyers and judges for their outstanding service to the Florida legal community.
Mr. Cardenas chairs the Squire Patton Boggs Latin America Practice and also serves as the deputy practice leader of the Public Policy Group. In his distinguished career, Mr. Cardenas served two terms as chairman and three consecutive terms as vice-chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. 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 Mr. Cardenas as a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU). He is a former Trustee of Miami Dade College, as well, and named to its Hall of Fame. Mr. Cardenas is the current advisor to the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Policy Center, which aims to expand awareness of the new Latin America across diverse communities of influence by positioning the region as a core partner in the transatlantic community.
Honorees will be recognized at a May 19 event at the Coral Gables Country Club.