Omar Gonzalez-Pagan is a Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and everyone living with HIV. His work spans all aspects of Lambda Legal’s impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education efforts.
It’s an honor to join LeGaL’s foundation board and to be of service to New York’s LGBT legal community. As an openly gay attorney, active LeGaL member, and Brooklyn resident, I could not be more interested in helping LeGaL achieve its mission, including that of ensuring full equality for members of the LGBT community, promoting the expertise and advancement of LGBT legal professionals, and serving the larger community.
As a member of the legal team in Obergefell v. Hodges, Omar helped secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples across the United States. Omar has also played an instrumental role in advancing the rights of LGBT people under federal civil rights laws in education, employment, health care, and housing. He was co-counsel for Lambda Legal in the landmark decisions in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College and Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., the first and second appellate rulings in the country holding that Title VII covers sexual orientation discrimination.
Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Omar worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Assistant Attorney General, a Special Assistant District Attorney, and an Associate General Counsel to the Commonwealth’s Inspector General. Originally from Puerto Rico, Omar is a graduate from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School