Consuelo Alden Vasquez is a senior attorney with Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Construction Practice Group, resident in the New York office. Ms. Vasquez has over fifteen years of experience in all aspects of federal and New York commercial litigation, including matters in the areas of employment, intellectual property, and academic suspensions. For the last eight years, Ms. Vasquez has concentrated her practice in construction litigation, representing public and private owners, developers, construction managers, contractors and subcontractors in all phases of the construction process, resolving construction-related disputes through mediation and litigation in federal and state courts. She has tried a number of construction disputes – as lead counsel and second chair – before juries in New York State courts.
Ms. Vasquez’s unsurpassed written advocacy skills have resulted in dismissals of several litigations on summary judgment. Ms. Vasquez’s most recent victory resulted in dismissal of sixteen claims asserted against a project owner and construction manager in the Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York that included fraud, conspiracy, unjust enrichment, and diversion of lien fund assets. Ms. Vasquez also achieved summary dismissal of claims against a naval contractor in New York County on successor liability grounds and affirmance of that determination on appeal before the Appellate Division, First Department.
Ms. Vasquez is a 1997 graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, where she was an editor of and published a note in the St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary. While at St. John’s Law, Ms. Vasquez founded the Public Interest Law Student Association and launched the Public Interest Auction which is now in its sixteenth year and raises over $115,000 annually to sponsor public interest fellowships.
While attending law school in the evening division and working full-time, Ms. Vasquez completed an externship with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office as well as judicial internships with Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and for U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert of the Eastern District of New York. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Vasquez was clerk to the Honorable Joseph W. Bellacosa of the New York State Court of Appeals.
Ms. Vasquez is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut, before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as the United States Supreme Court. She also is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York State Bar Association.