Anderson Kill is pleased to announce that Vianny M. Pichardo, an attorney practicing in the firm's New York office, has been elected President of the Dominican Bar Association for the term 2017-2018. She was sworn in on January 17 at the SDNY Ceremonial Courtroom.
Ms. Pichardo joined the DBA Board as a director and officer in 2014 and has been deeply engaged in its core activities, which include professional, networking, and mentoring opportunities for DBA members, pro bono legal workshops focused on issues important to Latino communities, and outreach to schools with mainly minority populations.
"I am thrilled as well as honored to take on this leadership role in the DBA," Ms. Pichardo commented. "In recent years the organization has become like an extended family to me, and I want others to experience that support - and the empowerment and positive impact the DBA creates in the community."
Ms. Pichardo added, "My deepest thanks go to Anderson Kill for fully supporting my investment in time and energy in the DBA."
Ms. Pichardo's goals for DBA in 2017 and beyond include providing more diverse and engaging programming for its members, establishing the DBA’s Women’s Committee and Young Lawyers Committee, focusing on immigration issues in light of the incoming Administration, continuing to strengthen its existing programs such as DBA’s Legal Workshops and High School Law Day, increasing the involvement and retention of more senior members, and continuing to assist in the promotion of Latino members in the Judiciary and beyond.
"We are delighted that the DBA has recognized and availed itself of Vianny's talent and energy," said Robert M. Horkovich, Anderson Kill's managing shareholder.
A first-generation Dominican American, Ms. Pichardo grew up in Washington Heights and attended high school in Pennsylvania. She returned to New York to earn a B.A. cum laude from New York University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal (ADR staff member); participated in the Housing Rights Clinic and the Social Justice Clinic; and was a member of the Minority Mentorship Program and the Academic Enrichment Program. While at Fordham, Ms. Pichardo received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award.
At Anderson Kill, Ms. Pichardo's practice focuses on insurance recovery, corporate and commercial litigation, and environmental law. She is a member of Anderson Kill's Diversity Committee and Women’s Initiative Group as well as the firm’s Cyber Insurance Recovery Practice Group.
The Dominican Bar Association is committed to promoting and furthering the legal interests of all Latinos and Dominicans in the community. Among DBA's many professional and networking efforts for its members, it provides pro bono legal clinics, promotes pipeline initiatives for students, assists law students by providing scholarships and mentoring, and facilitates communication between the bar and the judiciary.