Michael Cardello III

Partner at
Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

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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. Mr. Cardello concentrates his practice in business and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm in 1997, Michael served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Arthur D. Spatt, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. 

Michael represents large and small businesses, financial institutions and individuals in Federal and State Courts in complex commercial matters. 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.

Michael 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, Michael 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. Michael 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.  Michael 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. Michael also mediates complex commercial litigation matters for cases pending in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York

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


Hofstra University, J.D.

  • Associate Editor, Hofstra Law Review

Hofstra University, M.B.A. (Finance) Hofstra University, B.B.A. (Marketing)


Michael is admitted to practice law in New York. He is also admitted to practice in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


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

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