Arturo Lopez, Director of Legal Services

When Arturo started at BronxWorks in 2012 as an Immigration Attorney, immigration services was the only and primary legal service that we provided at that time. Now, Arturo is the Director of Legal Services overseeing a team of lawyers, paralegals, and case managers spanning across four legal services programs that include crime victims, housing law, domestic violence, and of course immigration law. 

Arturo grew up in New York City in Spanish Harlem. He still lives in Harlem today with his family. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Literature at New York University. After working in book publishing, Arturo attended the Pace University School of Law, originally intending to go into arts and copyright law. His first job after completing his JD was in a non-profit organization, and he has remained in that sector, working in immigration services and with crime victims and domestic violence survivors ever since. 

“The level of service that non-profits can provide to the community is very important. People who work here are dedicated to helping the community and not just to making a quick buck. And because we don’t charge for our legal services, we can give clients an honest analysis of their case and remain true to the service.” 

In 2012, Arturo joined BronxWorks as an Immigration Attorney. With his help and leadership, BronxWorks expanded its Immigration Services programming into a Legal Services Department, adding neighborhood-based immigration programming, a Crime Victims Program, a Housing Law program, and a Domestic Violence Law program. In 2020, Arturo was made the Director of the BronxWorks Legal Services Department.   

“After spending so much time working with clients, I really couldn’t picture myself in another field. The dedication I feel to helping our clients is the same dedication that all of the staff have in the Legal Services Department.”  

Outside of work, Arturo loves to spend time with his family. He and his wife have two kids, an eight and a five-year-old. They both enjoy teaching their kids about the history of Harlem, the neighborhoods and local restaurants and businesses that have been there for years. Together as a family, they like to go to Central Park and also to the beach. 

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