Mr. Kardis is the General Counsel of Chimera Investment Corporation. Prior to becoming General Counsel, Mr. Kardis was a partner with the law firm of K&L Gates LLP where he represented mortgage REITs and other companies and funds that acquire, originate, service and finance residential mortgage loans, mortgage servicing rights and mortgage backed securities. Prior to joining K&L Gates LLP in 2004, Mr. Kardis practiced corporate and securities law at several law firms. In addition, Mr. Kardis has held positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he assisted the US Trade Representative in WTO arbitration, at Rockwell International, as a registered lobbyist, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget, as the science and space advisor, and at Analytic Services, Inc., as a defense analyst. Mr. Kardis has a BA from the George Washington University, an MA from George Washington University, an MA from George Mason University, and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.