Ms. Pelaez focuses her practice on complex commercial and class action litigation at the trial and appellate levels. She has represented a diverse group of clients in high-stakes matters involving claims under antitrust, securities and consumer protection laws, as well as a variety of contract and tort claims. She also regularly represents public companies and individuals in a wide range of industries in securities class action and derivative litigation. 

Ms. Pelaez maintains a robust pro bono practice, including in the areas of reproductive rights, immigration law, public benefits, criminal procedure and prisoner’s rights.

Ms. Pelaez joined the firm following a clerkship with the Honorable Pamela K. Chen of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She worked for two years as a fellow at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, where she litigated class actions seeking to reform policies and practices affecting low-income populations, including claims under the federal Due Process Clause, Food Stamp Act, Medicaid Act and Americans with Disabilities Act. Previously, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Frank Maas of the US District for the Southern District of New York.

While attending law school, Ms. Pelaez completed legal internships at the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigration Justice Clinic and Navsarjan Trust, a nonprofit organization in India. She also served as a fellow at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

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  • Education

    • JD, Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2011

      Order of the Coif, Associate Editor, Cardozo Law Review

    • BA, Communications and Public Service, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

      magna cum laude

  • Admissions

    • California

    • New York

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Pamela K. Chen, US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2015 - 2016

    • The Hon. Frank Maas, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2011 - 2012