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Dawn M. Cardi

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY

Cardi & Edgar LLP
99 Madison Ave, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 332-223-7608
Fax: 212-684-3008
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed in New York 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
  • 50%Family Law
  • 30%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Employment & Labor: Employee


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021

About Dawn M. Cardi

First Admitted: 1980, New York

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Educational Background

  • Fordham University, B.A., cum laude

Scholarly Lectures/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

Bar/Professional Activity

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

Pro bono/Community Service

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

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Appointed by the Appellate Division, First Department, to the 18B Screening Committee for Criminal Law
  • 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


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

99 Madison Ave
8th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Phone: 332-223-7608

Fax: 212-684-3008

Last Updated: 1/12/2022

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