Carmen A. Pacheco, Esq. is the founding member of Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC, the first Hispanic women owned law firm in New York, established at One World Trade Center in 1992. Carmen challenged the odds by establishing a law firm that leveled the playing field between Main Street and big business representation. The law firm was her college dream that became a reality.
Today, Carmen's law office is in Brooklyn. As a private practitioner she stays connected and committed to the community at large. Carmen represents many of our city's most vulnerable and underrepresented. She also built a reputation of being a knowledgeable attorney advocating for her diverse clientele. At times, her clients have called her a “torch bearer of justice.” Moreover, Carmen is committed to ensuring that her clients have access to justice and demands that they be treated with respect and dignity. As in her work life, she lives a life of inclusion, service, and objectivity. In fact, she is committed to ensuring that diverse viewpoints are considered and honored which are commitments critical at the judicial level.
Experience, Compassionate, Committed to Judicial Excellence
Carmen is dedicated to the Brooklyn community. She has collected and helped distribute turkeys and other food with Assemblywoman Maritza Davila in Bushwick and Williamsburg areas, with District Leader Dionne Brown in the Coney Island area, and with Congressman Hakeem Jefferies team at the PAL Center in Brownsville. For more than 35 years, Carmen has mentored several hundred of high school, college, and law students by providing counseling and guidance in their education, career, and/or life. Carmen also lectures at elementary and high schools to encourage young students to attend law school and the importance of higher education. Her parents instilled in her the importance of “what you leave in this world is more important than what you take.”
Carmen graduated St. John’s University School of Law, City University of New York at Brooklyn College, St. Saviour High School, and St. Agnes Elementary School. At St. John’s, she graduated with honors as a published member of their distinguished Law Review. After law school, Carmen was the first Latina attorney to work at the Wall Street law firm where Franklin D. Roosevelt started his legal career.
Carmen's mother emigrated from Puerto Rico to New York and her father immigrated from Peru. Her mother is a retired public school teacher (UFT) and her father was a union worker at Eastern Airlines. Carmen lived in the Gowanus Houses until the age of 12. For all her life, Carmen's parents taught her that education was the key that opens the door out of poverty and oppression. They taught her to do the best you can and to never forget from where you came. She therefore credits her success to her hard work ethic that she learned from her parents and the encouragement they gave her. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband of 20 years.
Carmen believes in community service and is active in the community. Carmen participates in the Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition, she is a New York Law Course Faculty - New York Bar Exam, she sits on the New York State Committee on Character and Fitness for the Second, Tenth, Eleventh and Thirteenth Judicial Districts, she is a a former President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and currently sits on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Civil Rights, New York State Bar Association Trial Lawyer Section Executive Committee, and Chair, Women's Committee, Puerto Rican Bar Association. She is a past member of the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District, Hispanic National Bar Association, served as a delegate to the Bill Clinton White House on Small Business, and Hosted a radio show called “Pacheco & Lugo en Accion” on station WADO 1280.