Former Rep. Cardoza switches places on K Street

Foley & Lardner has hired former Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.) to help lead its federal public affairs practice.


Cardoza comes from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’s government affairs department, where he had worked as managing director since leaving office in the fall of 2012.  At Foley & Lardner, he will co-chair the law firm’s lobby shop with former Rep. Scott Klug (R-Wis.).

“He was known in Congress for his practical, business-oriented approach, which fits very well with Foley’s approach to addressing legal issues,” said Jay Rothman, Foley’s chief executive officer and chairman, in a statement.

During his five-term tenure in the House, Cardoza served on various panels, including the Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Science committees. He was also a member of the Blue Dog Coalition of centrist Democrats.

“With Dennis and Scott — a bipartisan team of former congressmen — at the helm … Foley will offer our business clients the comprehensive strategic and legal counsel needed on the myriad of complex public policy and regulatory issues that they face,” said David T. Ralston, Jr., chair of Foley's government and public policy practice, in a statement.

The firm has a relatively paltry lobbying department, taking in only $210,000 in lobbying fees in 2013, according to federal records.

It represents the Canadian National Railway Co., Aurora Healthcare, Kinecta Federal Credit Union and a handful of other clients.

At Manatt, Cardoza represented several California-related interests, including the Santa Clara Valley Water District and San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority. Other clients included tuna packaging company StarKist tuna and the Financial Service Centers of America.