Omar Gonzalez-Pagan is a Staff Attorney in the National Headquarters Office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and individuals living with HIV. His work spans all aspects of Lambda Legal’s impact litigation, policy advocacy and public education efforts, with particular emphasis on relationship recognition, LGBT youth, transition-related health care, and issues affecting Spanish-speaking LGBT and HIV-affected communities.
Gonzalez-Pagan has been actively involved in implementing Lambda Legal’s strategy for winning the freedom to marry. He is counsel in Conde-Vidal v. Rius-Armendariz, a challenge to Puerto Rico’s marriage ban in which he represents four same-sex couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a Puerto Rico-based LGBT advocacy organization, currently pending before the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He also serves as co-counsel in Robicheaux v. Caldwell, a challenge to Louisiana’s marriage ban brought by eleven same-sex couples and the Forum for Equality, a Louisiana-based LGBT advocacy organization, currently pending before the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and in Henry v. Hodges, a challenge to Ohio’s marriage recognition ban currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Gonzalez-Pagan worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Assistant Attorney General, a Special Assistant District Attorney, and an Associate General Counsel to the Massachusetts Inspector General. As an Assistant Attorney General, Gonzalez-Pagan was part of the team that represented the Commonwealth in Massachusetts v. HHS, Massachusetts’s successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) before the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He also successfully obtained injunctive relief for victims of hate crimes that were targeted based on their sexual orientation and civilly prosecuted housing discrimination cases.
In 2012, Gonzalez-Pagan was recognized as a Public Interest Leader by the Boston Bar Association. That same year he was selected as a Fellow by the New Leaders Council, a non-profit organization that seeks to recruit, train and promote the next generation of progressive leaders.
Gonzalez-Pagan received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served on the boards of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law and Lambda Law, Penn Law’s LGBT group. He also possesses a Master’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University. Gonzalez-Pagan was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is fluent in Spanish.
Gonzalez-Pagan is a member of the bars of Massachusetts and New York.