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Ryan M. Cardoso

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Phone: (850) 466-2073
Fax: (850) 684-5585

917 N 12th Ave
Pensacola, Florida 32501

Ryan M. Cardoso is the founder and principal attorney at Cardoso Law, PLLC, in Pensacola, Florida. He serves clients in a wide variety of practice areas, including criminal defense, personal injury, and civil litigation. Ryan is an experienced attorney who has helped countless clients seek justice and defend their rights.


Ryan M. Cardoso is a graduate of the University of South Florida where he attained his undergraduate degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Broadcast News. He went on to obtain his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Florida College of Law in 2002 and graduated with honors. During his time at UF, he was a member of the Moot Court Team where he competed in state and national appellate competitions and was recognized for excellence in legal writing and argument. 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.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Florida, 2003
Northern/Southern Federal Districts of Florida, 2003
Professional & 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

Practice Areas

Mr. Cardoso is an experienced criminal defense, personal injury, and civil litigation attorney who has successfully defended the rights of his clients in federal and state courts. In his criminal defense practice, he has tried numerous jury trials to verdict, including several not-guilty verdicts for clients facing lengthy prison sentences. In one jury trial, Ryan's client was found "not guilty" of twenty-two felonies that were based, in large part, on his client's confession that was given during a police interrogation.

In addition to his criminal defense practice, Mr. Cardoso also focuses his practice on seeking justice and compensation for clients who have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. As a civil litigator, Mr. Cardoso represents individual and commercial clients in a wide variety of cases, including business disputes, torts, breach of contract, and other wrongs. He is a skilled litigator and negotiator who will work hard to protect your rights both inside and outside the courtroom.


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.

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If you are facing a criminal charge or civil legal dispute, you need the counsel of an experienced attorney. Ryan M. Cardoso has the necessary knowledge and skill to explain your rights and provide the legal advice you need to favorably resolve your case. Contact our Pensacola office today to schedule a consultation with attorney Ryan M. Cardoso.

Client Reviews
Ryan is highly talented and an expert at the law. He treated me with respect and was very professional. I appreciate the time and effort he put into my case. Carly S.
Ryan handled a very complicated case for me and represented me above and beyond what any other attorney would have. Mr. Cardoso always took my calls or called me back, and was patient with all my million questions that I asked. He won my case and if I ever need representation again his number will be the one I dial. If you want a great attorney at a great rate and win your case Ryan Cardoso is the attorney to call! Garry T.
Ryan was great. Although he had more important cases, he kept in constant contact and was always accessible when I needed him. My outcome far exceeded what I was expecting. I hope I never need him again but if I do. He would be the first lawyer I would call. Great lawyer and person. Highly recommend Jeffrey W.
Mr. Cardoso represented my fiancé on federal charges and Mr. Cardoso exceeded my expectations we were very happy with the outcome, Mr. Cardoso kept me informed threw out the whole process. Mr. Cardoso is a compassionate and hardworking lawyer and I highly recommend him. Dana F.
Cardoso Law, PLLC exceeded all expectations. We were continually updated throughout the process with professional and informative information. We started the process not knowing what to expect and finished the process with a most favorable outcome. The level of commitment, service, and integrity was outstanding. Carol O.