Betty Lugo, Founding Partner
Betty Lugo is a founding member of Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC. Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC is the first Hispanic women owned law firm in New York established at One World Trade Center in 1992.
Ms. Lugo leads the firm’s litigation practice in the areas of general and commercial liability, construction, restrictive covenants, labor law, real estate, and white collar crime. She conducts trials, hearings, arbitrations, and appeals in complex matters in both State and Federal Courts.
Telephone: 1 (718) 855-3000
Betty 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.
Ms. Lugo is a fellow of the New York State Bar Foundation. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates; Trial Lawyers Section, Executive Committee and Diversity Committee member; Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Member and Lecturer; Committee on Federal Priorities and Initiatives Committee and served as Co-Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (2010-2013) and the Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession. She is the Past-President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association (2015-2017) (the oldest minority bar association in the United States). She is also a member of the American Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, Catholic Lawyers Guild, Nathan R. Sobel Kings County Inns of Court, Hispanic National Bar Association and the Puerto Rican Bar Association. She served as Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association in 1993.
She lectures as a provider of Continuing Legal Education on matters involving commercial matters, litigation and diversity of the legal profession for various bar associations. She has been a speaker and lecturer at Albany Law School, St. John’s University Law School, Columbia University Law School, Fordham Law School, Brooklyn College, and the Diversity Research Institute. She serves on the New York City Mayor’s Marshall’s Committee. She is a member of the Brooklyn College Pre-Law Advisory Council.
Ms. Lugo served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Albany Law School of Union University (2004 to 2010). She 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 is fluent in the Spanish language.