Michael Cardello, III


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Michael Cardello III is a partner with the firm and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation practice group.  He concentrates his practice in business and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm in 1997, Mr. Cardello served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Arthur D. Spatt, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.


Mr. Cardello represents large and small businesses, financial institutions and individuals in Federal and State Courts. 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 is often appointed as a Discovery Referee and Special Referee by various courts to oversee all aspects of the discovery process in complex commercial cases. From 2005 through 2008, he 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. 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. He 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 a business and for the collection of rent for commercial property.


Mr. Cardello currently serves as Chairman of the Commercial Litigation Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and is also a member of its Alternative Dispute Resolution and Federal Court Committees. In addition, he is a participant at the Sedona Conference and also frequently lectures on discovery, trial practice, equipment and vehicle leasing issues and e-discovery.

Honors Membership Awards

Mr. Cardello serves on the Committee for Civil Litigation of The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He also serves as Chair on the Board of Directors for the Metro New York/Connecticut Chapter of the National Vehicle Leasing Association, and is on the Board of Directors for the Long Island Counsel for Alcohol and Drug Dependence.  In addition, Mr. Cardello is a member of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association and an active participant in its Government Relations Committee.  He is also a member of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Nassau County,  the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court, and serves as a fellow of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters.


  • Hofstra University, J.D. 1996
  • Associate Editor, Hofstra Law Review
  • Hofstra University, M.B.A. 1988 (Finance)
  • Hofstra University, B.A. 1986 (Marketing)