Al Cardenas Leaves Tew Cardenas For Squire Sanders

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For Squire Sanders, snagging Cardenas was a major coup.

"When we sat down and looked at the opportunities to work together, the benefits to our clients and his, we realized it was a perfect fit," Reiter said. "We have clients in Latin America who need assistance in Florida and Washington, D.C. He has such a strong background in Florida."

Chair of the American Conservative Union, Cardenas served two terms as chairman and three terms as vice chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. He also chaired the Florida campaign of a number of presidential and statewide candidates and has been a delegate to every Republican National Convention since 1976.

He was part of Ronald Reagan's transition team responsible for the Commerce Department, chaired the President's Commission on Small and Minority Business Affairs in 1982 and served as special ambassador to St. Kitts-Nevis when the Caribbean country won independence in 1983.

Cardenas also served on President George H.W. Bush's Trade Policy Commission and served on the Federal National Mortgage Association board during the Bush administration.

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