Carmen A. Pacheco is a founding partner of Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC. Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC is the first Hispanic women-owned law firm of New York established at One World Trade Center in January 1992.
Ms. Pacheco has a comprehensive practice advising clients from initial entity formation to possible exit strategies, strategic joint ventures, licensing, and commercial and residential real property transactions. She has considerable experience with all types of retail, office and ground leases, construction loans, acquisitions and acquisition loans, dispositions, listing and engagement contracts, construction and architect contracts, real estate brokerage, and real estate partnerships and joint ventures.
Ms. Pacheco represents clients seeking to form new corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships, including providing guidance on choice of entity, domicile, capitalization and financing, venture fund, and strategic partnership ventures. She actively counsels existing clients in all aspects of their business law needs, particularly in the areas of contracts, financing, real estate, licensing, joint ventures, and intellectual property. She represents both sellers and buyers in domestic and cross-border transactions. Ms. Pacheco’s clients include entrepreneurs and start-up companies in addition to small and medium-sized private companies and government entities..
Ms. Pacheco is a member of the New York Law Course Faculty. She received her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law where she was a published member of the St. John’s Law Review and received her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College of the City of New York. Ms. Pacheco is admitted to practice before the New York State Courts and United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She also published an article in the Federal Rules of Decision. Prior to founding Pacheco & Lugo, Ms. Pacheco was an associate with the Wall Street firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn the law firm where former President Franklin D. Roosevelt performed his apprenticeship.
Ms. Pacheco is fluent in the Spanish language and has social knowledge of the French language.
Ms. Pacheco serves as: Member, Committee on Attorney Professionalism, New York State Member; Real Estate Committee Brooklyn Bar Association; and Fellow, New York Bar Foundation; Member of New York Women’s Bar Association Committee on the Judiciary; Member of the City Bar Council on Judicial Administration; Member of the City Bar Committee on Ethics; Member of New York Women’s Bar Association Committee on Committee on Ethics; Member of the Small Business Working Group headed by U.S. Senator Gillibrand; Member of the Nathan R. Sobel Inns of Court. Served as Puerto Rican Bar Association Diamond Jubilee President (2017), President-Elect (2016-2017), General Counsel (2015 -2016), Vice President (2014-2015), and Co-Chair Committee on the Judiciary (2014-2016)(Puerto rican Bar is the oldest minority bar association in the mainland United States America); Corporate Secretary of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade (2014-2016); Member of the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions for the First Judicial District; and Member of the Democratic Judicial Screening Panel (Supreme and Civil Courts). She is a founding member of 100 Hispanic Women, Inc.
She served as a delegate to: the White House Conference on Small Business; the United States Women’s Business Leadership Council; and the Annual Summit for Businesswomen of the Americas (United States Delegate). She also served as: Executive Board Member of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn College Foundation; Executive Committee board member of New York State Bar Association, Committee Section on Commercial and Federal Litigation; Advisory Committee board member of the Fannie Mae Foundation; Advisory Committee board member of the Bank of New York Community Development Corporation; and Board Member of Economic Development Committee for the Northern Manhattan Collaborates; Board Member of the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District; and Member of Kings County Democrats Rules Committee.
PUBLICATIONS AND INSTRUCTOR
Report on Discovery Under Rule 26(b)(1), 127 F.R.D. 625 (1989)
Survey, CPL § 210.20: Compliance with direction of trial judge does not excuse defendant’s failure to make timely motion to dismiss grounded upon denial of statutory speedy trial right, 60 ST. JOHN’S L. REV. 205 (1985).
Written several AMICUS CURIAE Briefs to the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Pacheco is a member of the New York Law Course Faculty. She lectures as a panelist of Continuing Legal Education on matters involving commercial matters, real estate, negotiations, ethics, trial practice, and diversity for various bar associations.
APPOINTMENTS AND MEMBERSHIP
Serves and Served as: Lecture, New York State Board of Law Examiners, New York Law Course; Chair, Puerto Rican Bar Women’s Committee (2018); Diamond Jubilee President, Puerto Rican Bar Association (2017); Representative Liaison between the Puerto Rican Bar Association and La Junta de Decanos de los Colegios de Abogados de Perú and El Colegio de Abogados de Lima – Perú (2017-2019); Corporate Secretary of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade (Appointed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman)(2014-2016); Member of the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions for the First Judicial District; Co-Chair Puerto Rican Bar Committee on the Judiciary; Member of New York Women’s Bar Association Committee on the Judiciary; Member of the City Bar Council on Judicial Administration; Member of the City Bar Committee on Ethics; Member of New York Women’s Bar Association Committee on Committee on Ethics; Member of the Small Business Working Group headed by U.S. Senator Gillibrand; Member of the Inns of Court; Board member of the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District; and Member of Kings County Democrats Rules Committee. Served as General Counsel of the Puerto Rican Bar Association (2014-2015); served as Vice President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association (2013-2014)(oldest minority bar association in the United States America) and Member of the Democratic Judicial Screening Panel (Supreme and Civil Courts). Served as a delegate to: the White House Conference on Small Business; the United States Women’s Business Leadership Council; and the Annual Summit for Businesswomen of the Americas (United States Delegate). Also served as: Executive Board Member of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn College Foundation; Executive Committee board member of New York State Bar Association, Committee Section on Commercial and Federal Litigation; Advisory Committee board member of the Fannie Mae Foundation; Advisory Committee board member of the Bank of New York Community Development Corporation; and Board Member of Economic Development Committee for the Northern Manhattan Collaborates.
Membership Bar Associations have included: American Bar Association; New York State Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association; Puerto Rican Bar Association; Practicing Attorneys for Law Students; Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and New York County Lawyers Association.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition, Women of Courage (2019); Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico, Special Recognition (Hurricane Maria Assistance)(2018); Somos El Futuro, Award in Recognition of Pacheco & Lugo, Attorneys At Law for its 25th year Anniversary as the First Hispanic Women Owned Law Firm in New York (2018); Boricua College, Professional Achievement Award in the Law “The Law Firm of Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC” (2017); Latino Judges Association, Hon. Frank Torres Award for Commitment to Diversity, Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC (2016); Kings County District Attorney “Legal Community Award” (2015); Latino Stars 2015 Top Lawyer Award; bestowed honor as Godmother of the “Señor de los Milagros” feast San Sebastian (2014); “Outstanding Leadership and Community Service Award” from Rockland County Community College (2013); “Woman of Impact of the 21st Century Award” from Dominican Sunday, Inc. for leadership and legal services to the Hispanic community (2012); “Premio Abogacia” award from the Instituto de Puerto Rico New York for excellence and assistance to the community (2010); “Business Women of the Year” award from the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2006); “Salute to Women in Leadership” Time Magazine (2008); “Business Women of the Year” award from the New York State Hispanic Business Coalition (2005); “Pioneer” award from the Puerto Rican Bar Association for contributing to the positive imagery of Hispanic lawyers (2001); “Women of the Year 2000 Award” from the Hispanic Day Parade (2000); “Distinguished Person Award” from the Hispanic Day Parade for contributing to the positive imagery of the Hispanic person (1998); “Second Circuit Court of Appeals Award” from Clerk’s Office for her contribution to the law (1997); received “The Bridges to the Future Award” from The Coalition of 100 Black Women, The Asian Women in Business, and The 100 Hispanic Women (1997); El Diario’s International Women of the Year award (1997); National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. “Business Women of the Year Award” for “untiring efforts in providing a positive image to our youth” (1996); commendation from the Office of the Comptroller City of New York for “the groundbreaking success” as the founding partner of the first Hispanic women-owned law firm in New York (1996); “Men and Women Caucus Award” for outstanding dedication to the advancement of small business (1995); honored as “Women of the Year” by the Brooklyn Democrats (1994); “Hispanic Business Woman of the Year” by the New York State Department of Economic Development and Puerto Rican/Latino Business Development Center (1994); “New York State Comptroller Civic Service Award” for her hard work and unwavering commitment in the areas of financing and economic development (1994); “Valores Humanos Award”, a humanitarian award, for establishing a distinguished Hispanic Wall Street law firm (1994); New York University “La Herencia Latina” honor for dedication to the Latino community (1994); “The Emergency Medical Service Hispanic Society Award” for providing valuable assistance and legal expertise in the formation and organization of the corporation and in aiding the Hispanic Community (1994); “Ramon E. Betances Award” for heroism in saving the lives of people during the World Trade Center bombing disaster (1993); the Daily News “Viva New York 1993 Civic Award” in recognition of her outstanding community achievement and leadership in the Hispanic community; and the “Vale Un Peru Award” for distinguished community service and her unselfish devotion in the diffusion of the Peruvian culture (1992).
Ms. Pacheco 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); legal commentator on CNN and CNN Latino; Radio WADO 1280 an AM frequency Spanish radio talk show program regarding Economic Development. 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.