Betty Lugo is a founding member of Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC, the first Hispanic women owned law firm in New York established at One World Trade Center in 1992. In 2014, Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC received one of the Top 2014 New York Verdicts and was ranked among Top Worker/Workplace Negligence Cases in New York State Ms. Lugo leads the firm’s litigation practice in the areas of general and commercial liability, construction, labor law, and real estate.  She has conducted trials, hearings, arbitrations and appeals in complex matters in both State and Federal Courts. She has counseled and represented clients on matters involving real estate and corporate issues.

Ms. Lugo received her Juris Doctor degree in 1984 from Albany Law School of Union University and her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.  She is admitted to practice in New York, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  She began her legal career as the first Hispanic woman to work as an Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office from 1984 to 1987.  She is a graduate of Norman Thomas High School (formerly Central Commercial High School) where she graduated 3rd in a class of 805 students. She is a United Federation of Teachers Scholar. 

Ms. Lugo is General Counsel to the Association for Puerto Rican Education and Empowerment (APREE); General Counsel to the Latino Court Officers Society. She serves as an advisor to numerous not for profit organizations.

She also lectures as a panelist of Continuing Legal Education on matters involving commercial matters, ethics, trial practice, and diversity for various bar associations. She has been a speaker and lecturer at Albany Law School, Brooklyn Law School, Columbia University Law School, Fordham Law School, Harvard Law School, St. John’s University Law School, Touro Law School, Brooklyn College, and the Diversity Research Institute. She served on the New York City Mayor’s Marshall’s Committee.

BOARD MEMBER

Ms. Lugo is the Chair of the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) Trial Lawyers Section; Member of: NYSBA House of Delegates and Committee on the New York State Constitution; Committee on Federal Priorities and Initiatives Committee, Women’s Law Section and Section Caucus delegate.  She served as Co-Chair of the NYSBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (2010-2013) and the Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession. Ms. Lugo served as the President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association in New York (PRBA) during its 59th year from 2015-2017. She currently serves as Chair of the PRBA Judiciary Committee. She served as a member of the State of New York Grievance Committee for the Second Judicial District. She served as a member of the American Bar Association Unaccompanied Minors Working Group Committee. She has served on the Judicial Screening committees for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Kings County Democratic Judicial Screening Committee and New York Democratic Screening Committee.  She is a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, Catholic Lawyers Guild, Nathan R. Sobel Kings County Inns of Court, Hispanic National Bar Association, Puerto Rican Bar Association and Queens County Bar Association.   She started the BAR LEADERS FOR PUERTO RICO where numerous bar associations donated to purchase a large generator for the building of the Puerto Rico Bar Association (Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico 178 years old) after Hurricane Maria. She served as Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association in 1993, where she represented Region I consisting of the States of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Puerto Rico).  She was instrumental in the founding of the Latino bar associations in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Ms. Lugo served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Albany Law School of Union University (2004 to 2010), served as President of the National Alumni Association of Albany Law School of Union University (2009- 2010) and continues to serve on the Board.  She served as a board member of Aspira of New York; National Congressional Business Advisory Council, a delegate alternate to the White House Conference on Small Business and as an United States of America delegate to the Annual Summit for Businesswomen of the Americas.  She is a founding member of 100 Hispanic Women, Inc. Ms. Lugo has served as an instructor with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She has lectured in real estate, corporate and diversity for various organizations and institutional lending agencies including the Federal National Mortgage Agency, State of New York Mortgage Agency, lending institutions, for profit and not for profit organizations.  Ms. Lugo has lectured on diversity and inclusion, ethics and matters encouraging interest in the legal profession throughout New York State at Law schools, colleges and universities, high schools and elementary schools.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the NYS Appellate Division for service on the Grievance committee for the Second, Eleventh and Thirteenth Judicial Districts from 2015-2019
  • NYSBA Trial Lawyers Section Award for Promoting Diversity in the Profession (2018)
  • Somos El Futuro, Award in Recognition of Pacheco & Lugo, Attorneys at Law 25th year Anniversary as the First Hispanic Women Owned Law Firm in New York (2018)
  • New York State Bar Association Diversity Award (2018)
  • Law Award, Latina 50 Plus (2016) in honor of your lifetime commitment to the Latino Community
  • Outstanding Leadership and Community Service, Rockland Community College Hispanic Heritage (2013)
  • Recognition for service as Co-Chair for NYSBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion 2010-2013
  • Women of Impact of the 21st Century Award from Dominican Sunday, Inc. for being the first Latina corporate lawyers and for outstanding leadership to the Hispanic community (2012)
  • Lawyering “Abogacia” Award from El Instituto de Puerto Rico (2010)
  • Kate Stoneman Award from Albany Law School of Union University in “recognition for outstanding achievements in the legal profession and expanding opportunities for Women” (2006)
  • Hispanic Businesswoman of the year Award, New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2006)
  • Pioneer in the Law Award from the Puerto Rican Bar Association (2000)
  • Award from the Town of Hempstead Supervisor for dedicated service (2008)
  • Distinguished Person Award from the Hispanic Day Parade Committee  (1998) 
  • Honorary recognition U.S. representative First Hispanic Summit of Businesswomen of the Americas from La Camara de Representantes del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico (1999) 
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals Award – the Clerk’s Office Hispanic Heritage Committee (1997)
  • The Bridges to the Future Award from The Coalition of 100 Black Women, The Asian Women in Business, and The 100 Hispanic Women (1997)
  • Rising Star Award – New York State Department of Labor (1997) 
  • Recognized, Distinguished Women throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, Temas Magazine (1997) 
  • National Puerto Rican Day Parade for outstanding leadership (1996) 
  • New York City Comptroller’s Office – Business Honoree (1996)
  • Navigator of the Year Award Directions for Our Youth (1995) 
  • Hispanic Business Woman of the Year – NYS Department of Economic Development and the Puerto Rican/Latino Business Development Center (1994) 
  • New York State Comptroller Civic Service Award (1994)
  • Valores Humanos Award for establishing a distinguished Hispanic Wall Street law firm (1994)
  • New York University “La Herencia Latina” award (1994)
  • Ramon Emeterio Betances “Young Professional” Award -New York Puerto Rican Parade (1991)
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the NYS Appellate Division for service on the Grievance committee for the Second, Eleventh and Thirteenth Judicial Districts from 2015-2019
  • NYSBA Trial Lawyers Section Award for Promoting Diversity in the Profession (2018)
  • Somos El Futuro, Award in Recognition of Pacheco & Lugo, Attorneys at Law 25th year Anniversary as the First Hispanic Women Owned Law Firm in New York (2018)
  • New York State Bar Association Diversity Award (2018)
  • Law Award, Latina 50 Plus (2016) in honor of your lifetime commitment to the Latino Community
  • Outstanding Leadership and Community Service, Rockland Community College Hispanic Heritage (2013)
  • Recognition for service as Co-Chair for NYSBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion 2010-2013
  • Women of Impact of the 21st Century Award from Dominican Sunday, Inc. for being the first Latina corporate lawyers and for outstanding leadership to the Hispanic community (2012)
  • Lawyering “Abogacia” Award from El Instituto de Puerto Rico (2010)
  • Kate Stoneman Award from Albany Law School of Union University in “recognition for outstanding achievements in the legal profession and expanding opportunities for Women” (2006)
  • Hispanic Businesswoman of the year Award, New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2006)
  • Pioneer in the Law Award from the Puerto Rican Bar Association (2000)
  • Award from the Town of Hempstead Supervisor for dedicated service (2008)
  • Distinguished Person Award from the Hispanic Day Parade Committee  (1998) 
  • Honorary recognition U.S. representative First Hispanic Summit of Businesswomen of the Americas from La Camara de Representantes del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico (1999) 
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals Award – the Clerk’s Office Hispanic Heritage Committee (1997)
  • The Bridges to the Future Award from The Coalition of 100 Black Women, The Asian Women in Business, and The 100 Hispanic Women (1997)
  • Rising Star Award – New York State Department of Labor (1997) 
  • Recognized, Distinguished Women throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, Temas Magazine (1997) 
  • National Puerto Rican Day Parade for outstanding leadership (1996) 
  • New York City Comptroller’s Office – Business Honoree (1996)
  • Navigator of the Year Award Directions for Our Youth (1995) 
  • Hispanic Business Woman of the Year – NYS Department of Economic Development and the Puerto Rican/Latino Business Development Center (1994) 
  • New York State Comptroller Civic Service Award (1994)
  • Valores Humanos Award for establishing a distinguished Hispanic Wall Street law firm (1994)
  • New York University “La Herencia Latina” award (1994)
  • Ramon Emeterio Betances “Young Professional” Award -New York Puerto Rican Parade (1991)
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the NYS Appellate Division for service on the Grievance committee for the Second, Eleventh and Thirteenth Judicial Districts from 2015-2019
  • NYSBA Trial Lawyers Section Award for Promoting Diversity in the Profession (2018)
  • Somos El Futuro, Award in Recognition of Pacheco & Lugo, Attorneys at Law 25th year Anniversary as the First Hispanic Women Owned Law Firm in New York (2018)
  • New York State Bar Association Diversity Award (2018)
  • Law Award, Latina 50 Plus (2016) in honor of your lifetime commitment to the Latino Community
  • Outstanding Leadership and Community Service, Rockland Community College Hispanic Heritage (2013)
  • Recognition for service as Co-Chair for NYSBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion 2010-2013
  • Women of Impact of the 21st Century Award from Dominican Sunday, Inc. for being the first Latina corporate lawyers and for outstanding leadership to the Hispanic community (2012)
  • Lawyering “Abogacia” Award from El Instituto de Puerto Rico (2010)
  • Kate Stoneman Award from Albany Law School of Union University in “recognition for outstanding achievements in the legal profession and expanding opportunities for Women” (2006)
  • Hispanic Businesswoman of the year Award, New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2006)
  • Pioneer in the Law Award from the Puerto Rican Bar Association (2000)
  • Award from the Town of Hempstead Supervisor for dedicated service (2008)
  • Distinguished Person Award from the Hispanic Day Parade Committee  (1998) 
  • Honorary recognition U.S. representative First Hispanic Summit of Businesswomen of the Americas from La Camara de Representantes del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico (1999) 
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals Award – the Clerk’s Office Hispanic Heritage Committee (1997)
  • The Bridges to the Future Award from The Coalition of 100 Black Women, The Asian Women in Business, and The 100 Hispanic Women (1997)
  • Rising Star Award – New York State Department of Labor (1997) 
  • Recognized, Distinguished Women throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, Temas Magazine (1997) 
  • National Puerto Rican Day Parade for outstanding leadership (1996) 
  • New York City Comptroller’s Office – Business Honoree (1996)
  • Navigator of the Year Award Directions for Our Youth (1995) 
  • Hispanic Business Woman of the Year – NYS Department of Economic Development and the Puerto Rican/Latino Business Development Center (1994) 
  • New York State Comptroller Civic Service Award (1994)
  • Valores Humanos Award for establishing a distinguished Hispanic Wall Street law firm (1994)
  • New York University “La Herencia Latina” award (1994)
  • Ramon Emeterio Betances “Young Professional” Award -New York Puerto Rican Parade (1991)

MEDIA

Ms. Lugo has appeared on various television programs.  She appeared on  “Important Person of the Week” (Telemundo); “Business Women of the Week” (cable channel); “Technology and the Law” (Telemundo); “The Changing Role of the Hispanic Women” (FOX TV shown throughout USA); Segment on The Cypress Hills Cemetery Case being handled by Pacheco & Lugo (Ocurrio Asi); Good Day New York, Hispanic Heritage Month “Role Models” (Fox TV); Radio WADO 1280 an AM frequency Spanish radio talk show program regarding Economic Development; CNN; and CNN Latino.  Ms. Pacheco is the co-radio talk host “Pacheco & Lugo in Action” on WADO 1280; and she occasionally appears on English and Spanish Language Television news to discuss and provide opinion on legal matters.