2020 OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OFFICERS:

President - Doralyn De Dios

Doralyn De Dios is an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

Ms. De Dios earned her B.S. from St. John’s University and her J.D. from New York Law School. She is admitted to the New York State Bar. During law school Ms. DeDios was the Robert F. Wagner moot court competition chair, the admissions committee chair for LALSA, the mentoring committee chair for BLSA and the co-president for the Unemployment Action Center.

Ms. De Dios is the president of the Dominican Bar Association and a board of director and current co-chair for the community service committee for the Association of Black Women Attorneys. Additionally, Doralyn is an active member for the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association.

Doralyn joined the DBA as a law student in 2014. In 2017 Doralyn became the co-chair of the professional and business development committee and in 2018 she served as president-elect.

Ms. De Dios enjoys traveling, reading, dancing, and exercising on her spare time.

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Vice President - Atenedoro Gonzalez

Born and raised in the South Bronx, Atenedoro Gonzalez fights for his community as a housing attorney with the Tenants Rights Coalition at Bronx Legal Services. Well versed in all aspects of landlord/tenant litigation in New York, Atenedoro has defended cases against low-income Bronx residents for nonpayment of rent and holdovers designed to evict low-income families, as well as administrative hearings with NYCHA.

He currently represents tenant associations in group actions against bad actor landlords in order to effectuate vital repairs in their apartments, prevent tenant harassment, and protect their rights as renters. As Vice President of the Dominican Bar Association, Atenedoro encourages and promotes Dominican leadership and membership within the legal community, and works as a mentor to students of color who are pursuing an education in the law.

He was also an active member of MetroLALSA while in law school, working with other Latinx law students in promoting membership in the legal community, while also serving as the Editor-In-Chief of the Real Property Law Journal at St. John's University.

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Treasurer - Jeffrey Saavedra

Jeffrey J. Saavedra is a corporate and securities attorney at Dechert LLP. He focuses his practice on structured finance and securitization. Jeffrey represents issuers, underwriters and mortgage loan sellers in connection with public and private commercial mortgage-backed securities.  

Prior to joining Dechert, Jeffrey worked as an associate at another major global law firm.


Jeffrey earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Ramapo College of New Jersey and is a brother of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

He earned his J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School and served as the Executive Symposium Editor of the New York Law School Law Review.

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Recording Secretary – Keila Espinosa

Keila is a Bronx-bred Harlemite who fearlessly advocates for Brooklyn’s tenant community as a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society. Keila is a proud alum of New York Law School and the City College of New York, where she double majored in a history and political science.

When Keila is not at work, Keila loves brainstorming and coordinating volunteering initiatives and events for the Women Committee of the Dominican Bar Association and providing pro bono legal services to Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services. Needless to say, Keila thoroughly enjoys strategizing and analyzing--but then again her sun sign is Virgo!

Keila also creatively directs projects across industries, writes, constantly suggests books, creates art, and parents both her daughter and plants.


Corresponding Secretary – Peter Garcia

I am an attorney with over 7 years of regulatory compliance experience in domestic and international regulatory matters and implementing sound compliance programs for financial institutions, non-bank financial institutions (such as MSBs), and financial firms (such as broker-dealers, private funds, and registered investment companies, including RICs that elected to operate as a business development company).

The regulatory requirements can be complex and is continually evolving. I strongly believe firms can develop strategies and solutions to address and mitigate the regulatory risks and grow the business, and he has been praised for his ability to achieve such results.

My experience includes the development of compliance programs; review, revision and implementation of policies and procedures; forensic testing and monitoring; compliance-related training; mock audit examinations, including a mock examination of a $30+ billion adviser with multiple registered investment companies and private funds; regulatory filings, such as ADV Part 1A and 2A; and preparation and handling of regulatory examinations and inquiries.

I earned a Juris Doctor at Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Stillman School of Business, at Seton Hall University.



DIRECTORS:

Nakary Abreu

Nakary Abreu is an Assistant District Attorney at the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Abreu focuses on investigating and prosecuting a wide array of crimes including serious violent felonies.

Ms. Abreu earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2017 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from State University of New York at Albany in 2011. Ms. Abreu is admitted to the New York State Bar and the New Jersey State Bar.

While attending law school, Ms. Abreu was selected as a member of the Seton Hall University School of Law Interscholastic Moot Court Board after successfully competing in the Riccio Intrascholastic Moot Court Competition, becoming one of the eight finalists.

Additionally, she actively participated within the Latin American Law Student Association and the Black Law Student Association.

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Zoila Del Castillo

Zoila Del Castillo is an Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau. In that capacity, Ms. Del Castillo prosecutes and investigates complex financial crimes which cross county lines, including sales tax fraud and auto insurance fraud cases.

Before starting at the AG’s Office, Ms. Del Castillo served for over four years as an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings Country District Attorney’s Office, where she investigated and conducted felony jury trials on a variety of criminal offenses, as well as argued before the NYS Appellate Division. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Del Castillo worked as an Associate Attorney at Schram Graber & Opell P.C., a trust and the estates law firm which is counsel to the Public Administrator of New York County.

Ms. Del Castillo is passionate about promoting diversity in the legal profession and advocating for the Latin community. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Dominican Bar Association, Ms. Del Castillo also serves on the Líderes Board of LatinoJustice PRLDEF and as Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Region II. 

Ms. Del Castillo obtained her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in 2013. She is also a proud alumnus of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Class of 2010.

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Raphael Gil

Jamell Isidor

Jamell Isidor is Deputy Director of the Administrative Enforcement Unit for the NYC Department of Buildings. She oversees and trains approximately 30 attorneys who prosecute violations of the  NYC Construction Codes and Zoning laws before the hearings division of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH).


Jamell was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States with her mother in the late 1980’s.

She received her B.B.A. degree in Entrepreneurship Management from Bernard Baruch College in 2011 and her Juris Doctor from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law in 2015. In law school, she was a Senior Staff Editor of the CUNY Law Review, a CUNY Moot Court member, Academic Chair of the Black Law Students Association, and President of the Latin American Law Student Association.  

Jamell joined the DBA in law school and was elected to the DBA board in 2018.

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Jose Andres Jaime

Jose Andres is a Corporate Associate at Winston & Strawn LLP where he represents companies and financial institutions in connection with financings, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.

Born to immigrant parents of Dominican and Ecuadorian descent, Jose Andres has always understood that his culture has always been, and will continue being, a beacon for his personal and professional growth. As such, he is an active member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Dominican Bar Association (DBA), and was elected as a Board of Director for the DBA in 2019.

Jose Andres obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Ethnicity and Race Studies from Columbia University and his Juris Doctor degree with a certification in Entrepreneurship Law from Brooklyn Law School.

While in law school, he served as the Co-President of Latin American Law Students Association and was an active member of the Moot Court Honor Society and Alternative Dispute Honor Society.

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Marbel MuÑoz

Marbel Leonel Muñoz is a native of Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic. He immigrated to the United States with his family in the early 2000s. Marbel received his B.S. degree in International Business Administration from Towson University and his Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School. Marbel participated in academic programs at The American University of Rome, The University of Law in London, and The William C. Vis International Arbitration Competition in Vienna, Austria.

In law school, Marbel was an active member of the Moot Court Association, Center for International Law, Latin American Law Student Association, Black Law Student Association, Dominican Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, and others. Marbel interned with the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and with the Honorable Richard K. Eaton at the United States Court of International Trade.

Marbel presently works in the Tort Division of The New York City Law Department, Office of The Corporation Counsel. Marbel is assigned to the Bronx Tort Borough Office where he defends The City of New York, its agencies, and employees, in civil lawsuits.

Marbel first joined the Dominican Bar Association as a first year law student and remained active throughout. As a law student, Marbel volunteered at numerous DBA events and conducted a know-your-rights workshop. In 2018, Marbel was elected to DBA's Board of Directors where he served as Vice-President. Today, Marbel serves as the 2019 DBA President.

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Judge Bianka Perez

Bianka Perez is a Judge of the Civil Court of Bronx County elected November 2016. Prior to her election she was the Bronx Democratic Commissioner of the New York City Board of Elections appointed in 2014 and the First Latina President of the Board elected in 2016.

She was also the sole owner of the Law Office of Bianka Perez from 2004-2016. Judge Perez was an Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings from 2012-2014.

She was also the Parliamentarian of the Bronx Democratic County Committee from 2012-2014.

Judge Perez received her Doctorate in Law at New York Law School in 2000 and her Bachelor of Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice C.U.N.Y. in 1995, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

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Argilio Rodriguez

Argilio Rodriguez, Esq. is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Rodriguez + Co. and is widely recognized for successfully representing businesses and employers in high-stakes, complex matters, in such areas as employment litigation (defense), commercial litigation, and liquor licensing, throughout the New York City metro area.


Mr. Rodriguez has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine each year from 2015 to the present in Labor & Employment (Defense). In December 2011, Argilio was awarded the Making the Difference Award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Queens for his loyal dedication, unwavering commitment, and outstanding contribution to the community.

He has been invited as a speaker by the New York Police Department, NYC Business Solutions, and various Chambers of Commerce throughout New York City. Mr. Rodriguez served on the Board of Directors of the Dominican Bar Association from 2015 -2016 and is serving a second term from 2020 – 2021. He is also currently a Deputy for the Hispanic National Bar Association (Region 2).


Mr. Rodriguez has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Queens. In March 2016, Mr. Rodriguez served as a panel speaker regarding labor & employment law at a Continuing Legal Education Seminar hosted by the NYC Bar Association entitled Opening a Restaurant in New York City: Legal Issue Bootcamp.

As the son of Dominican immigrants born and raised in the Washington Heights section of Northern Manhattan, he is a fluent Spanish speaker and prides himself on playing an integral role in the advancement of the Latino business community throughout New York City and is a vocal advocate of immigrant rights.

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Estefani Rodriguez

Estefani Rodriguez is an attorney advisor in the New York Immigration Court. After law school, she was hired by the Department of Justice, through the Attorney General’s honors program, and worked as an attorney advisor in the Miami Immigration Court from 2016 to 2018. In 2016, she graduated cum laude from New York Law School.

In 2012, she graduated magna cum laude from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she majored in criminal justice and minored in sociology.

Estefani is the daughter of immigrants from Santiago, Dominican Republic. While in law school, she volunteered at events hosted by the Dominican Bar Association, and along with other student members, prepared a Know Your Rights presentation on landlord-tenant law. She also served in the executive board of her law school’s Moot Court Association and LALSA. Estefani is passionate about diversity in the legal profession, immigration, and mentorship.

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Bernarda Villalona

Ms. Villalona is a seasoned criminal trial attorney with over 15 years of experience as a Prosecutor. Currently, she serves as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Homicide Bureau of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to that she was a Prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. As an expert in criminal law and trials, Ms. Villalona has frequently appeared on various media outlets including Court TV and the Law & Crime Trial Network providing legal commentary on cases from around the country.

Ms. Villalona is the daughter of Dominican immigrants and was born and raised in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and Boston College Law School.

While at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Villalona conducted hundreds of felony preliminary hearings and bench trials. Never a stranger to the courtroom, she once tried 17 felony jury trials in a single year. As a result of her tireless fight for justice, Ms. Villalona is a past recipient of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Victim Advocates Prosecutor of the Year Award.

Since 2007, Ms. Villalona has served at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Within her first three years, she made an unprecedented jump to the Homicide Bureau, trying the most serious and complex cases in the office. In her time, Ms. Villalona has tried over 40 violent felony primarily murder jury trials and has served as Deputy Bureau Chief of Trials in units spanning Brooklyn’s most challenging police precincts.

In 2011, Ms. Villalona taught in Panama with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative spearheading the country’s transition from a partially inquisitorial to an accusatorial criminal justice system. She was directly involved with training police officers and attorneys on the accusatorial criminal justice system. Through her efforts, she was able to support this transition and ensure that internationally, people everywhere have access to fair and equal justice.

Ms. Villalona serves on the Board of Directors of the Dominican Bar Association, the Judiciary Committee of the New York City Bar Association, is a member of the Kings County Criminal Bar Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, and the National Bar Association. Ms. Villalona is also an avid runner, kickboxer and proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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