Alberto Cardenas Senior Partner
Squire Patton Boggs
CHLI Corporate Advisory Council Member
Alberto R. (Al) Cardenas is a senior partner at Squire Patton Boggs. Al chairs The Latin America Practice and The Florida Policy Practice for the firm. He is also Deputy Practice Leader of the Public Policy Group. Al has been counsel of record in a number of precedent-setting and published court decisions.
Al has been named top of his field in the areas of law, business and politics. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America; named one of Washington DC's top lobbyists by The Hill newspaper. Al is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. Other honors include being named one of “The Most Influential Leaders in the Latino Community Today;” one of the “Legal Impact Leaders”; one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business; and consistently listed in “The 100 Poderosos” in PODER magazine.
In his distinguished career, Al served two terms as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Prior to his service as Chairman, he served three consecutive terms as Vice-Chairman. He has represented the State of Florida at every Republican National Convention from 1976-2008.
Ronald Reagan chose Al for his transition team, making him responsible for the transition of the United States Department of Commerce. 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 Al 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 Al as a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU) and a former Trustee of Miami Dade College. He is the former Chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU).
Al has frequently appeared on network television, including NBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, Telemundo and Univision, and is an opinion writer for a number of national publications.