Dawn M. Cardi

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY

Cardi & Edgar LLP
 | 2 Park Avenue, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-481-7770
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Cardi & Edgar LLP, Dawn M. Cardi is dedicated to representing people in New York City and Manhattan, New York. She focuses her practice on family law and criminal defense, handling cases that include the following matters: divorce, child custody, prenuptial agreements, mortgage fraud, assault, homicide, theft, insider trading and securities fraud.

Graduating cum laude from Fordham University, Ms. Cardi earned a Bachelor of Arts. She then attended Pace Law School, where she was a member of the school’s law review, and earned her Juris Doctor.

With more than 30 years of experience, Ms. Cardi has a strong background of helping people resolve family matters as well as handling criminal cases involving both white collar and regular crimes. Before going into criminal defense, she served as an assistant attorney general in investor protection and security fraud cases. Her experience and knowledge are often sought by the media during high-profile criminal cases. In addition to speaking to students and the public in general, Ms. Cardi teaches other attorneys as a faculty member with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Committed to her community, Ms. Cardi dedicates her time to several organizations, including HOPe Charity, The Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective and Childbirth Connection. She also provides pro bono legal services for groups such as Sanctuary for Families. Ms. Cardi is a member, and serves on committees, of the New York Women’s Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She also holds memberships with the New York County Lawyers’ Association, the New York Criminal Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (50%)

Criminal Defense (30%)

Employment & Labor (20%)


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017

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About Dawn Cardi

Admitted: 1980, New York

Professional Webpage: http://cardiedgarlaw.com/dawn-m-cardi-esq/

Honors and Awards:

  • Founding Partner
  • Member of the Law Review, Pace University Law School
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell
  • Co-chairperson of the Matrimonial Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of New York
  • New York State Special Achievement Award

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Arbitrator for the NASD
  • Appointed as a certified Law Guardian in the First Department of the Appellate Division
  • Member of the Homicide, Appellate and Felony Panels
  • Appointed by the Appellate Division, First Department, to the 18B Screening Committee for Criminal Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Department of Law, in the division of Investor Protection and Security Fraud, 1987
  • Member, New York County Lawyers Association
  • Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Matrimonial Law Committee
  • Director, Women's Bar Association
  • Co-Chairperson, Women's Bar Association, Matrimonial Committee
  • New York State Criminal Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member of Community Board 6
  • Hope Charity
  • Brooklyn Young Mother’s Collective (BYMC)
  • Maternity Center Association
  • Board of Directors for Brooklyn Philharmonic
  • Sanctuary for Families Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services
  • Network for Womens’ Services

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Ms. Cardi is regularly invited to teach courses and lecture on topics related to trial advocacy, criminal and matrimonial law (including Fathers Custody Litigation, Rape Trauma and Battered Women's Syndrome, etc.) in such forums as bar associations and law schools, where she also conducts NITA trial advocacy programs

Educational Background:

  • Fordham University, B.A., cum laude
Office Location for Dawn M. Cardi

2 Park Avenue
19th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-481-7770


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Last Updated: 6/21/2017

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