Lourdes M. Ventura



State University of New York, Buffalo 1998
J.D. Honors: the Dale S. Margulis Award, Recipient, 1998; Kenneth A. Gomez Memorial Award, Recipient, 1998,
State University of New York, Buffalo 1994
B.A. Honors: Ronald E.McNair Honors Program, Fellow 1992-1993

Bar Admissions

State of New York, 1999
District of Columbia, 2001
U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY, 2001
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of NY, 2001
U.S. District Court, Western District of NY, 2005
U.S. Supreme Court, 2015


Women's Bar Association of State of New York, Corresponding Secretary

Queens County Women's Bar Association, Past President

Queens County Bar Association, Grievance Committee

Hispanic National Bar Association, Past NY Deputy Regional President

Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County, Past President

Dominican Bar Association, Past Board Member

New York State Bar Association, House of Delegates

Civic Activities

University at Buffalo Law School Dean's Advisory Council: Emeritus Member

York College President's Advisory Council: Member


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.