Committee Co-Chairs

Betty Lugo

Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC, Brooklyn, NY

Betty Lugo
Betty Lugo is a founding member of Pacheco & Lugo, 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.

Lugo received her Juris Doctor degree in 1984 from Albany Law School of Union University and her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in 1981 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.

Within the State Bar, Lugo is a member of the NYSBA House of Delegates and Committees on the New York State Constitution; on Federal Priorities, . 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 served as 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.

Michele A. Perlin, Esq.

Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP, Smithtown, NY

Michele A. Perlin is currently an Associate at Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP. Her practice focuses on commercial premise liability, defense of homeowners’ claims, labor law, construction accidents, and insurance defense. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Perlin was an associate at an insurance defense firm on Long Island. Ms. Perlin has substantial experience litigating in courts through the State of New York. Ms. Perlin specializes in the litigation of claims involving complex civil litigation focused areas of premise liability, automobile liability, labor law, personal injury, no-fault litigation, general litigation, subrogation, construction, and property damage. Ms. Perlin handles cases involving all aspects of civil litigation from inception to trial. She is skilled in all aspects of litigation, including motion practice, mediation, and arbitration. While she attended law school, she worked as a research assistant to the law school’s faculty, law journal, and law review. During law school, she received a Certificate of Merit in trial practice and was Vice President of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Perlin worked as a legal assistant for Lexis Nexis and interned for the Queens District Attorney’s Office in the White-Collar Crimes Bureau.

Bar Admissions:
Ms. Perlin is admitted to the New York State Bar.

Areas of Practice:

  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • New York State Labor Law and Construction Accidents
  • Complex Litigation
  • Premise Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Litigation
  • No-Fault Litigation
  • Subrogation
  • General Liability


  • St. John’s University, Queens, New York, 1999, B.A., Major: Environmental Studies.
  • Western Michigan University/Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan, 2006, J.D.

Professional Associations:

  • New York State Bar Association

Mark Moretti

Phillips Lytle LLP, Rochester, NY

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