Omar Gonzalez-Pagan is a Senior Attorney in the National Headquarters Office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and individuals living with HIV. His work spans all aspects of Lambda Legal’s impact litigation, policy advocacy and public education efforts. Gonzalez-Pagan played an active part in securing the freedom to marry for same sex couples and their families across the United States. As a member of the legal team in the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, Gonzalez-Pagan helped secure marriage equality at the U.S. Supreme Court while representing four same-sex couples seeking respect for their out-of-state marriage and accurate birth certificates for their Ohio-born children in Henry v. Hodges. He was also lead counsel in Conde-Vidal v. Rius-Armendariz, the successful challenge to Puerto Rico’s marriage ban, and was co-counsel in Robicheaux v. Caldwell, the successful challenge to Louisiana’s marriage ban. Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Gonzalez-Pagan worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Assistant Attorney General, a Special Assistant District Attorney, and an Associate General Counsel to the Massachusetts Inspector General. As an Assistant Attorney General, Gonzalez-Pagan was part of the team that represented the Commonwealth in Massachusetts v. HHS, Massachusetts’s successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) before the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He also successfully obtained injunctive relief for victims of hate crimes that were targeted based on their sexual orientation and civilly prosecuted housing discrimination cases. Gonzalez-Pagan received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. He also possesses a Master’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University. Gonzalez-Pagan was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is fluent in Spanish.