Mario A. Vásquez graduated from New York University School of Law in 1994 after receiving a Masters Degree in Hispanic Culture and Civilization from that same institution. During that time he interned with the Rackets Bureau, New York County District Attorney’s Office and with the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York. He began his career working in non-profit corporate law and public service. First as Legal and Development Services Associate to the Hispanic Federation of New York, a multi-million dollar non-profit organization with over 80 member agencies, where he was in charge of drafting contractual agreements, by-laws, personnel manuals and developing board of director’s procedures as well as training and assisting executive directors and staff from the various agencies on management, communication, compliance and development issues. In 1995 he was appointed Assistant Counsel to the Civil Service Commission of New York City and in 1997 was promoted to Director and General Counsel. In this position he had full administrative and legal supervision in handling potential and actual appeals from New York City’s quarter-million employees and applicants. He oversaw research and drafting of decisions and assuring timely processing of hearings and appeals and served as liaison with other City, State and Federal agencies.
Mr. Vasquez has also been a successful businessman and management consultant to some of New York’s largest non-profit organizations through various corporations he has presided over, including Inter-American Consulting Corporation and Dynamic Management International. He has worked with the United Way of New York City, The Ford Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The Daycare Council of New York, The Administration for Children’s Services, and the American Society of Interior Designers NY Metro Chapter, to name a few.
Mr. Vasquez is a former United States Marine, a participant in the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm, and the recipient of a National Defense Service Medal. He has been active in the New York County Lawyers’ Association, receiving a Certificate of Appreciation in 1999 for “Outstanding Contributions to the Association’s Pro Bono Programs, and the service of the legal profession.”