Arlene Quinones-Perez is a Partner at DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, a recognized law firm with offices in Teaneck, Jersey City and Princeton in New Jersey, and in Spring Valley, New York. She is also the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. Arlene’s extensive labor law, government and political experience make her uniquely qualified as a female leader in New Jersey. She will be the Opening Speaker at “The 3 Pillars of Effective Female Leadership” Power Breakfast on June 3rd at Glenpointe in Teaneck, NJ.
In an open conversation with LatinasinBusiness.us, Arlene explained the reasons behind her strong support for this Business Retreat.
“I don’t think of myself as a leader; I just aspire to do what is right and help the community. As the President of the Hispanic Bar Association, I speak up when it is necessary and become the voice of many,” she told LatinasinBusiness.us.
Arlene knows her voice is important and people follow her because she is honest, straightforward and she believes in making a difference. “Women have some distinct traits that make them unique leaders. However, we have to be vigilant of our public persona because we are judged by different standards. If a woman is aggressive, she will be called ‘a word’ while being aggressive would be an admired quality in a man” she added.
“Other women would judge harshly their female counterparts –even more than men do,” she continued to share. “Being a woman is like having a cross on your back that makes you more visible. For instance, we are judged by our image, how we behave and how we present ourselves –dress, makeup, hair – and other women might judge us by those standards instead of by our ideas or contributions.”
Arlene is excited to be part of this Female Leadership Business Retreat. “It is important that we put some powerful women in a room to discuss these issues and find ways to solve these obstacles; ways in which we can build and support each other instead so that we can create the empowerment momentum women need to reach the places we deserve,” she concluded.
Prior to joining DeCotiis Law, Arlene Quinones-Perez served as General Counsel to the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (“NRCC”), a skilled trade organization representing carpenters in New Jersey and New York State.
Her private practice experience includes being an Associate with Kroll Heineman Carton, LLC, where she focused on labor law, securities fraud, and election law; being an attorney with Murphy Orlando, LLC; and a registered lobbyist with Impact NJ, LLC.
Arlene’s extensive government and political experience includes her service as a Councilwoman in the Town of Clinton, NJ, where she was the youngest member of the municipality’s governing body and the only Hispanic woman to serve as an elected official in Hunterdon County. She also served as an aide to the Governor and Attorney General of New Jersey. In 2015, Mayor Wilda Diaz appointed the Hunterdon County Democratic chairwoman to be the city’s new acting law director.
She has been a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Judiciary and the Board of Directors for the Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey.
Arlene was featured in the Hispanic Executive Magazine, listed by Politics NJ on the 40 Under 40 Power List, as one of New Jersey’s top 50 rising stars, and featured in the Star-Ledger as a Person of Interest.
In 2009, Arlene received the National Association of Women Lawyers Award. While in law school, she completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Jose L. Linares, a United States District Judge. After graduating, she served as a Law Clerk in the Appellate Division of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and a Judicial Term Law Clerk to the Honorable Lisa P. Thornton in the Superior Court of New Jersey.
For additional information and to register: “The 3 Pillars of Effective Female Leadership”