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. 

Betty Lugo received her Juris Doctor degree 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 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 is a member of the State of New York Grievance Committee for the Second Judicial District. She is a Vice Chair of the New York State Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section; Delegate of NYSBA; Member of: Committee on the New York State Constitution; Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; 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. She is a member of the American Bar Association Unaccompanied Minors Working Group Committee; Kings County Democratic Judicial Screening Committee.  She also served on the Judicial Screening committees for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York 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, 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). 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. 


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


Ms. Lugo is fluent in the Spanish language.















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