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Joseph M. Cardosi

Joseph M. Cardosi


Philadelphia, PA

How Joseph Helps Clients

Joe Cardosi’s practice focuses on antitrust and trade regulation counseling and transactions. Joe has experience working on antitrust issues surrounding mergers and acquisitions as well as federal and state antitrust enforcement investigations and litigation. He also counsels clients on HSR compliance and potential antitrust risk associated with contemplated transactions. He has represented clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare (providers and payers), manufacturing, defense and aerospace, energy and advertising. Joe has worked on matters involving the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice and multiple state AG offices across the country.

Joe developed his expertise in antitrust law while practicing for a number of years at a large firm in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Buchanan, Joe served as an Assistant General Counsel in the U.S. Intelligence Community, where he worked on civil and criminal matters affecting national security. He worked on issues including terrorism, espionage, fraud, privacy, immigration, family law and tort law. He also represented intelligence community interests in administrative and judicial proceedings at the local, state and federal levels.

Joe also enjoys working on a variety of pro bono matters. He has helped disabled combat veterans secure benefits through administrative appeals and worked with a number of low-income members of the community facing eviction in landlord-tenant court.

Prior to law school, Joe served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. He completed a combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2009 – 2010, where he earned the Bronze Star Medal for his service. 

Joe also worked as an Economist for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, where he helped produce periodic inflation data covering a number of chemical and energy industries.

What Clients Can Expect

Joe takes a straightforward and practical approach to complex issues and helps develop, present and execute a clear path forward. He knows how to listen and learn from each client, and understands the facts and figures necessary to conduct a thorough assessment of potential legal issues. Joe works diligently to exceed client expectations and get the job done.

Outside the Office

Joe follows the work hard, play hard philosophy and thoroughly enjoys life outside the office. He loves spending time with his wife and kids and tackling home improvement projects in and out of the house. Joe has visited all 50 states and enjoys traveling to explore the natural and cultural beauty across the country.

Government Service

  • Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Intelligence Community (2018 – 2019)
  • Judicial extern to the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2013)
  • Legal intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California (2012)
  • Field Artillery Officer, U.S. Army (2007 – 2011)
  • Economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2005 – 2007)