Omar Gonzalez-Pagan is a Staff Attorney for 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 those with HIV. Gonzalez-Pagan is involved in all aspects of Lambda Legal’s impact litigation, policy advocacy and public education, including Spanish-speaking LGBT and HIV-affected communities.
Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Gonzalez-Pagan worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Associate General Counsel to the Massachusetts Inspector General, an Assistant Attorney General, and a Special Assistant District Attorney. As an Assistant Attorney General, Gonzalez-Pagan was part of the team that represented Massachusetts in its successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He also successfully obtained injunctive relief for victims of a hate crime 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 and was a Fellow at the New Leaders Council. He is a member of Trevor NextGen NYC, a group of young professionals dedicated to supporting the Trevor Project’s mission to end suicide among LGBTQ youth, and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association.
Gonzalez-Pagan received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his Master’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences. In law school, Gonzalez-Pagan served on the boards of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law and Lambda Law, Penn Law’s LGBT group. He graduated with high honors from Cornell University with a B.S. in Biology with a concentration on Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Gonzalez-Pagan was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is fluent in Spanish.
Gonzalez-Pagan is a member of the Massachusetts bar and is preparing to be admitted to practice in New York.