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Richard Cardinale

Attorney Richard Cardinale graduated from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts with honors and has been practicing law in New York City since 1991.

From 1991 to 1994, Richard Cardinale was employed as a public defender in New York City where he represented thousands of individuals charged with felonies and misdemeanors.

In 1994, Mr. Cardinale joined one of Manhattan’s leading personal injury firms where he represented numerous individuals in personal injury lawsuits.

In 1995, Mr. Cardinale entered government service when he was appointed to be an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York.  In this position, Mr. Cardinale defended police officers, corrections officers, the State of New York, and government entities such as the State University of New York and the City University of New York in civil rights and employment lawsuits.  Mr. Cardinale was eventually promoted to the position of supervisor and was responsible for handling and supervising the defense of some of the office’s most significant cases, including class actions.  Mr. Cardinale tried over 20 cases in federal court during his tenure at the Attorney General’s Office and argued numerous appeals.

In 1998, Mr. Cardinale joined the New York City Corporation Counsel’s Office where he was employed in the Special Federal Litigation Division and the General Litigation Division.  As an Assistant Corporation Counsel, Mr. Cardinale defended police officers, corrections officers and the City of New York and city agencies in federal civil rights and employment cases.  Mr. Cardinale tried numerous cases in federal court while employed by the City of New York.

Mr. Cardinale started his own firm in 2000 and has since represented countless individuals in civil rights, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, criminal and personal injury cases, and in criminal and civil appeals.

Contact Richard Cardinale at (718) 624-9391 to discuss your case


Izabel Olszowa Garcia

Izabel Garcia graduated from Loyola University School of Law at Chicago in 1989 and has since practiced law in New York City.

From 1989 to 2001, Ms. Garcia worked at the New York City public defender’s office where she represented thousands of clients charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes and gained valuable litigation experience.  Ms. Garcia’s dedication to providing the best possible defense has long been recognized by her clients.  During one of her trials, featured in American Lawyer Magazine (January 1993), Ms. Garcia’s client gave the following statement as an example of her commitment to her client’s case: “She made my case a part of her life.  She didn’t do it nine to five.  She spoke to me on weekends, at night, …[s]he did more than a great job.”

In 2001, Ms. Garcia founded her own law practice focusing on criminal defense, civil rights, and personal injury litigation in the state and federal courts of New York.  Ms. Garcia also represents clients in civil rights litigation, Of Counsel, to the Law Office of Richard Cardinale.

Taking the time to get to know each client, and his or her particular circumstances, allows Ms. Garcia to vigorously defend her clients and to achieve the best possible results, as one of her former clients expressed:

Ms. Garcia,

Words cannot fully express the absolute gratitude I feel regarding the outcome of my case and the amazing effort you exerted to ensure an optimal outcome.  Not only regarding your insightful navigation of the legal system, but your continuous efforts to keep me focused on our goal and to avoid reactions that could have jeopardized this dismissal.  Regardless of what happens moving forward, I want you to know that you have successfully helped me overcome the most challenging reality in my life and provided my family and me with new hope for the future.  We are eternally grateful!

~Name withheld for privacy~

To enhance her criminal and civil practice, Ms. Garcia is involved with numerous organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Kings County Criminal Bar Association.