Director and President
Miguelina Camilo was born in the Dominican Republic. She immigrated to the United States with her parents in the late 1980’s. Miguelina received her B.A. degree in Political Science from New York University in 2007 and her Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 2012. In law school, she was active in the Student Bar Association and Criminal Law Society.
From 2012 to 2015, Miguelina worked at the law office of Murray Richman, a criminal defense attorney in the Bronx. There, she handled both misdemeanor and felony matters as well as federal cases in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. From February 2015 to June 2016, Miguelina is an associate at H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C., where her practice focuses on criminal defense, matrimonial and family court matters. She is admitted to the New York and New Jersey bars.
Vianny M. Pichardo is an attorney in Anderson Kill's New York office. She received her B.A. from New York University in 2002 and her Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School in 2008. Her practice concentrates on insurance recovery, exclusively on behalf of policyholders, in corporate and commercial litigation and environmental law. She is also a member of Anderson Kill's Cyber Insurance Recovery Practice Group as well as the firm's Women's Initiative Group and the Diversity Committee.
In 2015 and 2016, Vianny was recognized by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro Rising Star for Insurance Coverage. Prior to joining the firm, she was a transactional associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where her practice focused on large corporate transactions and litigation matters.
Director and Vice President
Marbel presently works for the Office of Corporation Counsel in Bronx County. He first joined the Dominican Bar Association as a first year law student at New York Law School and remained active throughout. During law school, Marbel volunteered as numerous DBA events and conducted a know-your-rights landlord-tenant law workshop.
Marbel graduated from New York Law School and is joining the Dominican Bar Association as director and Vice-President.
Director and Corresponding Secretary
Ariana is a second year construction litigation associate at Wasserman Grubin & Rogers, LLP. Her practice is focused on business and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and contractual disputes.
She represents owners, architects, contractors, and other professionals in complex business disputes. She also previously worked in the Real Estate Finance Division of the New York State Department of Financial Services addressing federal and state regulatory provisions and initiatives affecting residential and commercial real estate property lending.
Ariana graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and first joined the Dominican Bar Association as a law student. In 2016 she co-chaired the Young Lawyers Committee. As a new board member she is coming on as corresponding secretary and will continue to co-chair the Young Lawyers Committee.
Luisanna is Court attorney for the Honorable Guy H. Mitchell, Acting Supreme Court Justice in the Youth Part in New York County.
She is the proud daughter of parents from Salcedo, Dominican Republic and was born and raised in Washington Heights. Her interest in law is rooted in her desire to serve and be a resource for her community and well as other underserved communities.
Luisanna graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and first joined the Dominican Bar Association as a law student. In 2016 she co-chaired the Young Lawyers Committee. As a new board member she will continue to co-chair the Young Lawyers Committee.
Director and Treasurer
Shantal D. Sparks is an Assistant Chief Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Chief Counsel in New York City. Previously, Shantal served as a Senior Court Attorney in Bronx County Family and Criminal Courts, and as a Graduate Law Clerk in New York County Supreme Court, Civil Term. Prior to attending law school, Shantal worked in the financial services industry.
Shantal has a strong commitment to public service and to the mission of increasing diversity in the legal profession. Currently, Shantal serves as a coach with the Thurgood Marshall Junior Mock Trial Competition, and as a mentor with Legal Outreach, Inc. and Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Inc. (PALS). Shantal is also an active member of various bar associations, including the Dominican Bar Association (DBA), Hispanic National Bar Association-Region II (HNBA) and Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA).
Shantal earned her J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School, and her B.A. from University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a native of Panamá.
Diomarys is Associate Court Attorney to an Acting Supreme Court Justice in the Civil Term of Bronx Supreme Court. During the last four years, Diomarys has served several judges in this capacity and has been exposed to numerous facets of civil law, from Article 81 guardianship proceedings to consumer credit matters to multi-million-dollar excessive force trials.
In 2016, she was appointed by the Bronx Borough President to serve as a member of Bronx Community Board 8 and subsequently volunteered to act as Vice -Chair of the Health Hospitals and Social Services committee and is currently part of a three-member District manager teach committee.
Diomarys was elected as director of the Dominican Bar Association in 2017.
Maryory obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Business from Hofstra University, and received her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. During law school, Maryory was a clinician in the Immigration Rights Clinic at Florida Coastal School of Law, providing pro bono legal services to low income individuals and families. Upon graduation, Maryory began her legal career specializing in immigration. She has since expanded her legal practice to cover criminal defense, divorce and family law matters.
Maryory is currently a staff attorney for Sanctuary for Families in the Bronx. Maryory was elected as director of the Dominican Bar Association in 2017.
Director and Recording Secretary
Christian obtained his Bachelor of Science from St. John's University, and received his law degree from New York Law School. Christian is currently an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County where he first interned during law school in 2015.
Christian first joined the Dominican Bar Association as a law student and frequently volunteered during networking events, panels, and the Annual Scholarship Gala.
Christian was elected as director and recording secretary of the Dominican Bar Association in 2017.
Judge Kelly was first elected to the bench in 2012 where he served in both the criminal and civil court and in June of 2017 he was made Acting Justice of the Supreme Court. In supreme Court has is now assigned an integrated guardianship part where he presides over both guardianship cases and housing court cases for persons in need of a guardian who are also facing eviction.
Prior to becoming a Judge, he worked as a public defender and tried felony and misdeamnor cases. He also served as an associate counsel at NYSUT, New York's largest union, where he represented union members in labor arbitrations and in state and federal litigation.
Judge Kelly has been an active member of the Dominican Bar Association since 2014 and now was elected as director in 2017.
Glenys was born in the Bronx to Dominican parents.
She attended the University at Albany (SUNY) and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Psychology and Political Science. In 2012, Glenys enrolled at Albany Law School to pursue her legal career. There she was an active member and served on the Board of the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA).
Glenys graduated Albany Law School in 2015. She took and passed both the NY and NJ bars and is admitted to practice law in both jurisdictions.
She currently works at Peña & Kahn where she works tirelessly for the rights of her clients who have been injured in all kids of accidents.
Glenys was elected to the Board of Directors of the Dominican Bar Association in 2016.
Martin Restituyo is the founder of the Law Offices of Martin E. Restituyo, P.C. The firm is located in mid-town Manhattan and specializes in business counseling and commercial litigation. Mr. Restituyo is a graduate of Queens College (B.A., Triple Major: Political Science, Latin American Studies, and Anthropology, 1998), Hofstra University School of Law (J.D. 2002), and Hofstra University, Frank G. Zarb School of Business (M.B.A., Finance, 2005). Mr. Restituyo also did postgraduate work at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, and studied at the Faculte de Droit de l’Universite de Nice, in Nice, France. In 2003, he was awarded the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Hofstra University’s Clinical Program.
Prior to opening up his own firm, Mr. Restituyo worked at the firm of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP where from 2006 through 2013 he focused on securities and class action litigation. During that period Mr. Restituyo was named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2011 and 2012. From 2013 though he present Mr. Restituyo has been considered a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyer Magazine. Prior to joining Wolf Haldenstein, Mr. Restituyo served as an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of North Hempstead, in Nassau County, New York and taught legal writing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Mr. Restituyo has previously served on the boards of the Dominican Bar Association, Community Board 12 in Manhattan, and Allianza Dominicana Inc. This is Mr. Restituyo's second stint as member of the Dominican Bar Association Board.