Mintz Group is pleased to announce that General Counsel, Patricia Astorga, has been named as one of the Women, Influence and Power in Law Awards (WIPLA) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champions in their 2022 awards. The WIPLA Awards honors women lawyers who have made a remarkable difference in the legal profession. She will be will be recognized at an awards event on Oct. 18 as part of the Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference in Washington, D.C.
Patricia was named NYLJ Rising Star this month and was on the NAWL Rising List in February this year. She was elevated from Mintz Group General Counsel to Chief Legal Officer in July 2022.
Patricia joined Mintz Group from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she most recently served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey. As a federal prosecutor, Patricia led several jury trials to conviction and conducted investigations and prosecutions of the Anti-Kickback Statute; health care fraud; misconduct by drug manufacturers, pharmacies, physicians and medical practitioners; organized crime; narcotics conspiracies and distribution; domestic and international money laundering; federal firearms offenses; human trafficking; and child sex exploitation crimes.
Patricia was a litigator at two international law firms, Milbank, and Weil, where she represented corporate clients in all aspects of litigation and across jurisdictions and industries, including financial services, banking, transportation, insurance, private equity, manufacturing, real estate, and media & entertainment.
Patricia is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable George B. Daniels in the Southern District of New York.
Patricia earned her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School, and her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from New York University. Patricia is a member of the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court and has served in various leadership roles in the American Bar Association Section of Litigation.