Office of General Counsel

José A. Cárdenas

Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Phone: (480) 965-4550
Facsimile: (480) 965-0984

José Cárdenas was named Senior Vice President and General Counsel effective January 2009. In addition to serving as chief legal officer of the University, he is responsible for management of ASU Athletics Compliance and serves as a University representative on and to the boards of directors of ASU affiliated and related entities such as the ASU Foundation, the Sun Angel Foundation, and the ASU Alumni Association. Mr. Cárdenas also advances and supports the public service and outreach mission of the University by participating in community organizations, representing the University in the business community and before local, regional and state constituencies.

Mr. Cárdenas received his BA from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 1974. In 1977, he graduated from Stanford University Law School, where he served as an articles editor on the Stanford Law Review. He joined Lewis and Roca in 1978, following a one-year federal district court clerkship. After becoming a partner in the firm in 1982, Cárdenas served in numerous management roles, including as the firm's managing partner (CEO) from 1999 to 2003, at which point he was named the firm's first chairman.

Cárdenas has an AV ("Preeminent Attorney") rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is listed in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 editions of Southwest Super Lawyers in the business litigation category, and in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, by Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. in the category of commercial litigation. In 1995, he was elected to membership in the prestigious American Law Institute, and he is a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Cárdenas has also been recognized for his many community activities including his selection in 2000 as the recipient of the Mexican government's Ohtli award given to U.S. residents of Mexican descent in recognition of their service to Mexican communities in the United States. He has been admitted to practice law in Arizona, California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. In addition, he is a member of various bar associations including the Hispanic National Bar Association. He has been a member of Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association since 1978, having served for many years on its board of directors and as president from 1985 to 1988.


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