ADM congratulates Lourdes M. Ventura for her election as a Judge to the Civil Court, Queens County, on November 6, 2018.
Previously, Ms. Ventura served the New York State Senate in various capacities, including Special Counsel to the New York State Senate Majority Conference, Counsel for Latino and Immigrant Affairs to the New York State Senate President, and Deputy Chief of Staff overseeing the minority policy and finance departments. Ms. Ventura was an Associate with ADM in 2006.
Ms. Ventura also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General's Office from 2002 – 2006 where she investigated complaints and prosecuted cases involving allegations of unlawful discrimination in housing, education, places of accommodation, and other areas. Additionally, Ms. Ventura served as a prosecutor at the District Attorney's Office of Queens County, New York from 1998 – 2002, where she investigated and prosecuted misdemeanor and felony drug charges, various street crime charges, and economic fraud charges; and researched and drafted appellate briefs and argued several appeals before the Appellate Division Second Department.
Ms. Ventura is a Past President of the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County and under her leadership the organization was the recipient of the 2005 Award of Merit for local bar associations at the 2006 New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting as well as a special recognition honoring the organization by the District Attorney of Queens County in 2006. Ms. Ventura is the current Corresponding Secretary of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York.