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Alberto P. Cardenas, Jr.
Alberto P. Cardenas, Jr.
Counsel — Tax
Counsel — Tax

Alberto P. Cardenas, Jr.

Alberto P. Cardenas, Jr.
Houston

1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002

Alberto P. Cardenas, Jr.

Beto negotiates and drafts tax abatements and limitations on property appraisals for newly constructed industrial and commercial properties, and industrial district agreements for facilities in extra-territorial jurisdictions. He also has extensive experience drafting legislative solutions for a variety of matters, representing clients on statutory and regulatory issues before governmental entities in Texas, and advising businesses with respect to U.S. immigration laws.

During the 109th and 110th Congress, Beto served as general counsel to the senior U.S. Senator from Texas, the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, advising her on judicial appointments, legal affairs, and legislative matters. Prior to joining Senator Hutchison’s senior staff, Beto was employed by the Texas Tech University System as counsel to the chancellor and director of federal relations.

Building a better Houston is a passion for Beto, and he dedicates a substantial portion of his time to providing high-quality legal representation to nonprofit, civic and cultural organizations, and poverty-stricken individuals. He is a member of the board of directors of the Texas Tech University School of Law Foundation and the Houston Parks Board, and previously served as a director of the Houston Food Bank. He also served as Chairman of the Harris County Housing Authority, ushering in a change in administrative leadership, accountability measures, and reforms in ethics, policies, and procedures.

Experience Highlights

  • Successfully represented Gulf Coast Ammonia in obtaining tax abatement and limitation agreements; during the term of the agreements, company’s investment will exceed $800 million and abatements for new improvements on real property, including offshore lands, will result in long-term tax savings to the company in excess of $100 million

  • Represented Aisin AW, a Japanese auto parts supplier, and its subsidiary AW Texas in the company’s $400 million initial phase investment to construct a new production base in Cibolo, TX; secured a 10-year tax abatement from the City of Cibolo and Guadalupe County, respectively, with an additional 10-year tax incentive agreement from the City

  • Represented major industrial facilities on the Port of Houston in 15-year renewals of their industrial district agreements with the City of Houston

  • Represented Ross Stores Inc. in obtaining tax abatement agreements for a major distribution center, including tax reductions on the new building, the building’s equipment, and road infrastructure in Waller County, Texas, resulting in long-term savings in excess of $10 million

  • Represented Sunoco in obtaining a tax limitation agreement on new investment of a $320 million natural gas liquids manufacturing project in Jefferson County, Texas

  • Successfully represented a major natural gas pipeline company with negotiation of a 15 year industrial district agreement in lieu of annexation with the City of Liberty, Texas

  • Successful representation before the United States Congress of a southwestern-based financial institution with legislative work promoting the addition to the House Bill of text affecting SEC authority and modification of the same in the Senate Bill

  • Completed negotiation and secured municipal approval of an extended use and lease agreement for a major airline with additional legal representation of matters involving terminal construction and expansion, new service routes, local minority contracting provisions, customs and border protection staffing at federal inspection stations, and various other governmental protocols

  • Favorable resolution for a major technology company with successful amendment language included in legislation adopted by the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate

  • Representation of a business organization with invited and delivered testimony before committees of jurisdiction in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate

  • Effective representation of land developers, nonprofit entities, and municipalities with special legislation passed by the Texas Legislature and signed by the Governor

  • Lead counsel, representing a major Houston refinery, in connection with the negotiation and approval by the Houston Mayor and City Council of a reclassification of the refinery’s status from full to limited purpose annexation, with the simultaneous execution of an industrial district agreement in lieu of full annexation

  • Successful representation of a national advertising company with negotiated agreement by a municipality to extend the company’s licensed permits

  • Negotiated approved settlements of tax disputes for various corporations before the City of Houston and State of Texas, respectively, following governmental audits of said corporations

  • Obtained municipal approval of a negotiated master license agreement on behalf of a wireless services company and neutral host provider 

Credentials

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Texas A&M International University, graduate courses in Political Science, 1995
  • Texas A&M University, B.A., Political Science and Speech Communication, 1994 (Texas A&M University Honors Program scholar)
  • Law clerk for the Chief U.S. District Judge, George P. Kazen, 1998
  • Texas Junior Chamber, Outstanding Young Texans Award, 2010
  • Hispanic Business Magazine, 100 Most Influential Hispanics, 2009
  • Member: Houston Botanic Garden Board of Directors
  • Member: Houston Food Bank Board of Directors
  • Member: Houston Parks Board of Directors
  • Chairman: 287(g) Advisory Committee, Office of the Harris County Sheriff (2010–2015)
  • Member: Harris County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (2010–2013)
  • Board Member: Mexican American Cultural Center, San Antonio (2005–2006)
  • Member: National Association of Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Council on Government Affairs, Washington, DC (2004–2006)
  • Past Board Chairman: American Association of Medical Colleges, Washington, DC, Government Relations Representatives (2005–2006); Board Member (2002–2006)
  • Appointee: The United States Senate, Republican Conference, Senate Hispanic Leadership Summit, by U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (2003, 2005)
  • Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • “Federal Judge Blocks Alabama Anti-illegal Immigration Law,” guest appearance on Fox News, August 31, 2011
  • “Legislative Solutions to ending Illegal Immigration,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, August 25, 2011
  • “Litigation by the US Department of Justice with the state of Alabama and Tuition Rates at Colleges and Universities for Certain Residents,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, August 4, 2011
  • “Sen. Durbin Calls for Dream Act ‘Sabbath’,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, July 18, 2011
  • “Prosecutors Given Discretion on Illegal Immigration,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox News, June 24, 2011
  • “Is the Administration Lax in Enforcing Immigration Laws?,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox News, June 24, 2011
  • “Should English be U.S.’s Official Language?,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox News, June 17, 2011
  • “Language’s Role in the Immigration Debate,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox News, June 17, 2011
  • “States Take on Tougher Immigration Laws,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox News, June 9, 2011
  • “How Strict Can State Immigration Laws Get?,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox News, June 9, 2011
  • “States Taking on Employers of Illegal Immigrants,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox News, June 3, 2011
  • “Are Illegal Employers the Main Immigration Problem?,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox News, May 25, 2011
  • “Steps to Ending Illegal Employment of Illegal Immigrants,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox News, May 25, 2011
  • “Steps to Reforming US Immigration Policy,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox News, May 19, 2011
  • “The Role of Congress in Achieving Immigration Reform,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox News, May 13, 2011
  • “Steps to Achieving U.S. Immigration Reform,” guest appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox News, May 9, 2011
  • “Businesses need to be heard,” The Washington Times, July 12, 2009, authored commentary regarding foreign workers’ role in the U.S.