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James D. Cardea received his undergraduate degree from Western Maryland College and graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he received American Jurisprudence Awards in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing (1992) and Domestic Relations (1994). He was also a Staff Editor for the University of Baltimore Law Review from 1994-1995 and was awarded membership to the Heuisler Honor Society.


My goal is to provide our clients with the finest legal representation. I believe that positive results are obtained through a combination of hard work, dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm. I strive to apply these principles to every case that I handle.”


Mr. Cardea has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America™ since 2011. Mr. Cardea has also been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Maryland™ by The American Trial Lawyers Association and a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in the State of Maryland by the American Society of Legal Advocates. In 2015, Mr. Cardea was included as one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Maryland by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Mr. Cardea has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine™ since 2010 where he has been recognized as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Maryland in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.  Mr. Cardea has also received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell™, a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.  Most recently, Mr. Cardea received the 2015 prestigious Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Maryland from the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc.  In 2009, Mr. Cardea was recognized by the American Biographical Institute as the Man of the Year for Outstanding Contributions to Law.

Outside the Courtroom, Mr. Cardea is known as a quiet, courteous gentleman.  But managing partner Jonathan Schochor is known for saying that once engaged in a trial or negotiation, Mr. Cardea is a tenacious, aggressive and extremely effective advocate for his clients.

Each September, in honor of his father, Mr. Cardea sponsors the Dr. Don Cardea Golf Tournament befitting the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.  An avid sports fan, he has coached various youth sports.

Mr. Cardea lives with his wife and three daughters in Fulton, Maryland.

Honors and Certifications

Bar Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Appointments and Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell™ – AV Rating
  • Best Lawyers in America™ (2011-Present)
  • Maryland Super Lawyers™ (2010-Present)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (2011-Present)
  • Litigation Counsel of America (2012-Present)
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, “Top One Percent” (2017)
  • Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America (2015)
  • American Society for Legal Advocates, Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Maryland (2013-2015)
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association™, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Maryland (2008-2015)
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers™ (2008-2015)
  • Maryland Super Lawyers™, Top 100 Super Lawyers for Maryland (2012-2014,2016)
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals Top 5 Percent™ (2011)
  • The American Biographical Association Man of the Year in Law™ (2009)
  • Who’s Who in American Law™ (2004, 2007, 2008)
  • Global Directory of Who’s Who™ (2003)
  • Heuisler Honor Society, University of Baltimore (1995)
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Domestic Relations (1994)
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Analysis, Research & Writing (1992)
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc.
  • Top 10 Attorney for the State of Maryland (2015)
  • Lawyers of Distinction (2017)
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Heuisler Honor Society
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Prince George’s County Bar Association
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association