Angélicque M. Moreno has been selected as the next president of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. After she is sworn in on May 9, 2019, in a private ceremony in Brooklyn, Ms. Moreno will become the first person of Latino origin to lead the association.
“It is an honor to be named the first Latina President of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers,” said Ms. Moreno. “As a Puerto Rican woman growing up in the South Bronx, I experienced firsthand how an instance of malfeasance and neglect could uproot a family. After my cousin was injured during birth as a result of medical malpractice, I witnessed the emotional and financial effects his injuries had on our entire family. This experience led me to deep-seated passion for working on behalf of victims.”
Her mission has taken her from the Bronx to Binghamton University, the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, and then into practice as a zealous advocate for her clients.
Ms. Moreno has been repeatedly recognized as among the best of the best in her profession, having been named multiple times to lists such as the National Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers and Top Attorneys in New York, and the competitive New York Metro Super Lawyers and Top Women Attorneys rolls. But she is perhaps most proud of being honored with the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association’s inaugural Amy Wren Award, given by the 100-year-old group to recognize significant service contributions to the Brooklyn community.
Beyond the courtroom, Ms. Moreno has also made an impact. She was a Founding Director of Esquire Bank, where she continues to serve on the Advisory Board, and is a founding board member of the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club. Other charity work includes the Brooklyn Women’s Club and Luminous Visions. This is all in addition to raising her two active young sons and co-managing Avanzino & Moreno, LLC (jkavanzino.com), the firm she founded with her husband, attorney John K. Avanzino.
The New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, a non-profit organization created in 2004, is dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the civil justice system in New York state (trialacademy.org). In addition to providing continuing education and development for its members, the leadership team advocates on behalf of the men and women who make the system work, through legislative, political and grass roots initiatives. By design, the Academy brings together people who are often adversaries in court, including both plaintiff and defense attorneys, as well as judges and clerks, government employees, legal secretaries and paralegals, and even law professors and students.
Ms. Moreno is excited to be leading the Academy in its 15th year and to bring her unique perspective to its mission to advocate for the civil justice system.
PRESS CONTACT: For more information or to request photos, please contact Academy Executive Director, Michelle Stern at 917-544-7705.