Migdalia Parés, is a proven leader in Human Rights Law with a career that focused on advocating and providing a voice for those in need of legal protection. Before joining the firm Ms. Parés was an Administrative Law Judge at the New York State Division of Human Rights and supervising hearing officer where she was employed for nearly 25 years.
During her tenure as an Administrative Law Judge, Ms. Parés presided over quasi-judicial or administrative hearings of an adversarial nature. She enforced anti-discrimination laws in New York State in the areas of employment, public accommodations, and housing. Made findings of fact and conclusions of law and wrote recommended decisions which were touted as key decisions in the area of public accommodations which promote anti-discrimination policies. Ms. Parés conducted hearings to review and decide claims regarding alleged violations of State Human Rights Law. She recommended the acceptance or rejection of claims or compromise. She reviewed new legislation/regulations and legal developments to ensure that it further the policy of equal access to justice for all. She was awarded Commissioner’s Award for achievements as supervisor of the Hearing Unit; Developed a case management system/procedure to reduce backlog earning the Agency a National Award; Reduced transcript costs from about $800,000 to less than $65,000, decreasing departmental expenditures.
Prior thereto, she was the legislative counsel to prominent New York State Senator Olga Mendez. Ms. Parés was also an adjunct professor at Long Island University where she taught political science. She also taught graduate and master’s degree candidates Legislative Systems.
Ms. Parés earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law. She is admitted to the New York State Bar. She is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and New York County Lawyers Association.
Ma. Parés is fluent in the Spanish language.