Attorney Eric E. Cardenas
Attorney Eric E. Cardenas joined Matthews & Associates in December 2020. He focuses his practice primarily on civil litigation in Covid-19 Business Interruption cases, St. George’s University lawsuits, and pesticide Injury dockets. He has also worked on clergy abuse and childhood sexual abuse cases.
Education & Legal Experience
Mr. Cardenas is a native Houstonian who graduated from Clear Lake High School in Clear Lake, Texas. He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson as a National Hispanic Scholar on a full academic scholarship. He graduated cum laude with a major in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Law, and with a minor in Spanish. At the University of Arizona, he was a member of the co-ed professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, where he served as President of the Chapter.
Memberships, Awards, Honors, Pro Bono Work
Eric received his Juris Doctor from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in Phoenix. In law school, he was heavily involved in the student body, serving as a member of the Student Bar Association as vice president of Student Leadership and as president of the Chicano/Latino Law Students’ Association. He received a CALI Award (the highest grade distinction) in Environmental Law; Executive Branch and Regulatory Policy; and Legislative Advocacy. He served the local community by dedicating more than 150 hours of pro bono service, earning Pro Bono Highest Distinction. He received the Alan A. Matheson Service Graduation Award for academic performance, involvement, and overall advocacy at the law school.
Prior to his time at Matthews & Associates, Eric interned and worked at numerous legal service organizations, including The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, where he worked with unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings; at the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona in the Education Equity team; at the Center for Popular Democracy in New York City on the economic policy team; and the Advancement Project in Washington, D.C., where he worked on the immigrant justice and voting rights teams.
In his free time, Eric likes to read, travel, hike, work out, and try new restaurants around Houston.
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, J.D.
The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, B.A. of Social Science in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law
Areas of Practice
Mass Toxic Tort
Universal Bar Exam, July 2020 – Minimum Score for All UBE States
Texas (Pending Admission)