Friday, July 22, 2011

Javier A. Solano, Legal Counsel, National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc.

Javier A. Solano, Esq.
Parade Lawyer
The Law Offices of Javier A. Solano, PLLC, have represented the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. since 2006.  Mr. Solano is a native New Yorker who was born and raised in the Bronx and has spent his entire legal career practicing in the state and federal courts of New York.  His family is from Cataño, Puerto Rico.   

The Law Offices of Javier A. Solano, PLLC, is a premier law firm that specializes in both criminal and civil litigation, including trials and appeals in both the state and federal courts. Javier A. Solano is a former Senior Homicide Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney's Office and is experienced in handling both a wide range of criminal prosecutions from low-level misdemeanors to serious felonies, as well as complex civil litigation cases such as medical malpractice and construction site accidents. In the course of Mr. Solano's legal career he has tried in excess of fifty cases to verdict, including twenty homicide cases.  Mr. Solano has been a frequent guest commentator on "Court TV" and is fluent in Spanish.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Melissa R. Quesada, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc.

Melissa Quezada

Melissa R. Quesada was elected as the Vice-Chairperson to the Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. in 2006. She was re-elected to the Board in 2010.

Melissa Quesada is an licensed attorney in the State of New York. Ms. Quesada focuses her practice in the areas of Real Estate, Trusts Estates, and Civil Litigation. During her career she has worked with various notable New York City firms and agencies; and has worked on cases at both state and federal levels. Her offices are located in New York City and Westchester County.

She received her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law, and her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University.

As a result of her involvement in the Hispanic community Melissa was named as one of MillerCoors 2009 Lideres and was featured in a national print and Internet campaign. Melissa is also a former Local, National and International beauty queen having held the titles of Miss New York, Miss Latina United States, and Miss Latin America World. Melissa's involvement with the parade started in 1998 when she was named Miss Puerto Rico: queen of the parade. Since then she has actively been involved in various roles with the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Madelyn Lugo, Chair of the Board of Directors, National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc.

Madelyn Lugo, born in Yauco, Puerto Rico, was elected as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. in 2006. Previously she served twelve years as Treasurer to the Board elected in 1994. Ms. Lugo is among the co-founders of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. and has contributed to the growth of the organization for over twenty years.

Ms. Lugo also serves on the advisory board of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO) at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

Ms. Lugo is the Controller for South Bronx Community Management Company Inc., established in October 1973. She handles property management and real estate development of low-income housing in the South Bronx, solely, or in conjunction with other organizational entities, or through the assistance of governmental organizations. The populations include, but are not limited to, homeless, formerly homeless, and low- and moderate-income families.

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