José A. Cárdenas is senior vice president and general counsel of Arizona State University. Previously, he was chairman of the law firm of Lewis and Roca LLP. He practiced in the areas of commercial and civil litigation and transactional/international law. Cárdenas is a member of the Maricopa County, Arizona and American Bar Associations, as well as the American Law Institute and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Cárdenas has been a member of Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association for the last 25 years, having served on its board for several years and as president for three years. He has been appointed to various committees, commissions, task forces and boards by the Board of Regents, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona State Bar and Governors Mofford, Symington, Hull and Napolitano, including his current service as a member of the Commerce and Economic Development Commission. He is also a board member of Chicanos Por La Causa and Xicanindio Artes, Inc. He has been named chairman of the inaugural board of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Cárdenas is a graduate of Stanford Law School.