PENSACOLA – The Pensacola-based Cardoso Law Offices
recently increased their legal reach along the Florida Panhandle.
The firm is now offering its
services in the areas of auto accidents, criminal defense, civil
matters and injunctions on domestic-violence claims in and around
Santa Rosa County. With a population of a little more than 150,000,
according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Santa Rosa is rather small
compared to other Florida areas despite being located almost halfway
between the firm’s current headquarters to the west and Tallahassee
to the east.
However, for Ryan M. Cardoso, primary attorney and owner of
Cardoso Law Firm, the expansion into Santa Rosa was a no-brainer. He
told the Florida Record that since criminal cases are
more location-specific, involving increased courtroom hearings, the
convenient proximity of the courthouses to his home base increased
his ability to respond quickly to client needs.
“I really like practicing in Santa Rosa.” Cardoso said.
“Everyone there in the court, the judges and all, work well
Cardoso has spearheaded the move to be more representative in
Santa Rosa. The effort began in early 2016, when he decided to bring
his experience in criminal and civil defense to more Florida
residents, whether they were individual or commercial clients.
The branching out kept in line with Cardoso’s belief that people
want and deserve personalized and in-person legal advice. His
proximity to the area allows for him to accomplish that. Milton, the
county seat and location of the county courthouse, is an easy commute
for the young attorney.
When asked if he had been retained as a lawyer for anyone in the
Santa Rosa area as of yet, he said, “I’ve handled a few criminal
cases and a few domestic violence” hearings since expanding his
area of service.
The news release said that “The Santa Rosa expansion allows us
to provide the same high quality legal services to more people in the
Gulf Coast Region.”
Cardoso said that, currently, he is focused on increasing
“awareness of services to the area [of Santa Rosa]” that he now
Besides Santa Rosa, Cardoso also serves Escambia – where his
home office is – and Okaloosa counties, allowing him to be
represented in the three western-most counties of Florida.
Cardoso graduated with honors from the University of South Florida,
and in 2002 received his legal degree from the University of Florida
College of Law, again with honors. The following year, he passed the
Florida Bar and is licensed to practice in the Southern, Middle and
Northern districts of the state
He was a commercial-litigation attorney with Shoemaker, Loop and
Kendrick in Sarasota from 2003 to 2005, according to his LinkedIn
page, before becoming an assistant public defender in the 13th
Judicial Circuit for three years. Following that, he served as a
lawyer with Fee and Jefferies, P.A. of Tampa for almost two years,
and eventually struck out on his own in 2009.