Ryan Cardoso, Pensacola Personal Injury & Criminal Lawyer

As founder and principal attorney at Cardoso Law, PLLC, Ryan M. Cardoso follows a sole credo: the client always comes first. That means providing individualized attention no matter how big or small the case. As a result, he’s recovered millions for people injured in car, trucking, and many other serious accidents.

Since 2014, Ryan has made a name for himself in the Pensacola community as a fierce advocate for accident victims. An experienced trial lawyer, he handles a wide array of personal injury cases throughout Florida. His practice areas include motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip-and-falls, spinal cord, traumatic brain injuries, and wrongful death matters.

How Ryan Cardoso Makes a Difference

The way Ryan approaches a personal injury case is through clear communication. When prospective clients meet with him, they are often hurting, confused, and stressed about their situation. So, Ryan takes the time to listen closely to what each client has to say. He will then explain their rights and legal options while carefully answering any questions they may have. He immediately makes his clients aware of any important developments in their cases. And he’s prompt when returning clients’ calls, no matter the issue they face.

Ryan’s track record includes obtaining several six-figure settlements on behalf of clients and building a strong history in court. He’s worked tirelessly to maximize settlement amounts. All the while, Ryan sends a continual message to insurance companies who try to lowball or deny accident victims: “I won’t stand for it.”

He credits his success to running a smaller practice instead of a large-volume firm. This allows him to have close relationships with and provide personalized attention to people whose lives are turned upside down due to a serious injury. Long after representation results in a fair settlement or a favorable jury verdict, Ryan and his legal staff always remember the name and story of everyone represented.

Education and Experience

A graduate of the University of South Florida, Ryan earned his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 2002 and graduated with honors. He has been a member of The Florida Bar since 2003 and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Florida. Ryan started Cardoso Law in 2009 and moved his practice in 2014 to Pensacola, where he’s become a legal staple for the community. His background includes several years as a criminal defense lawyer, where he secured numerous not-guilty trial verdicts for clients in state and federal court.

Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeJurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • Florida, 2003
    Northern/Southern Federal Districts of Florida, 2003
Professional & Bar Association MembershipsProfessional & Bar Association Memberships
  • The Florida State Bar
    Member Since: 2003
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa County Bar Association
    Member Since: 2015
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa County Criminal Bar Association
    Member Since: 2016
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    Member Since: 2017
  • American Bar Association
    Member Since: 2018
  • Florida Justice Association
    Member Since: 2020


As an experienced attorney, Ryan M. Cardoso understands that his clients want personalized legal advice that is tailored to their individual needs. He works closely with each client to explain their rights and legal options while carefully answering any questions that they may have. He will always keep you informed of any important developments in your case and will work hard to protect your rights.