Raymond A. Cardozo

Partner

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1994, J.D., Order of the Coif
  • Williams College, 1989, B.A., magna cum laude, Economics

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - District of Nebraska

Ray is the global chair of Reed Smith’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Senior Management Team. He leads a team of 750 plus attorneys who handle complex commercial disputes across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Ray’s own practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and appellate matters, including fair trade and other statutory/regulatory disputes, commercial licensing/intellectual property, financial services, products liability and mass torts, employment discrimination, telecommunications and other litigation. He has had lead responsibility for more than 150 appellate matters in the state and federal courts, has argued numerous cases before the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, federal circuits and state appellate courts, and has played a significant strategic and advocacy role in numerous complex commercial litigations at the trial court level. Prior to joining Reed Smith, Ray served for years as a Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the California Attorney General.

Ray is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, and is a member of the firm's Diversity Committee. Ray also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and on the Leadership Council of the Center for Youth Development Through Law. The Chambers and Legal 500 publications have ranked Ray as among the top in his field, and he has also repeatedly been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America and as a Northern California "Super Lawyer."

Employment History

  • 2003 - Reed Smith
    • Chair, Litigation Department
    • Former Office Managing Partner - San Francisco
    • Former Practice Group Leader - Appellate Group
  • 2000 - Crosby Heafey Roach & May (combined with Reed Smith in 2003)

Honors & Awards

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2009 - Present)
  • Listed, Super Lawyers of Northern California (2005 - Present)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers - Member
  • California Academy of Appellate Lawyers - Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco's Appellate Practice Section - Former Chair