Denise Alvarez


I joined Pashman Stein in August 2019 because I was looking for a firm where I could continue litigating complex commercial matters but in a smaller environment. After spending 17 years at a large firm, I was looking for a change in atmosphere but not in the work that I enjoyed. I learned of Pashman Stein when they began representing a co-defendant in a large, class action antitrust dispute. I was impressed with the quality of their lawyers and the fact that they were doing similar work from a smaller platform enabling me to engage even more with my clients.


Denise Alvarez is Counsel in the Firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group where her practice focuses on various forms of complex litigation in both federal and state courts and in arbitration. Ms. Alvarez has robust experience litigating matters involving bankruptcy, class actions, contracts, fiduciary duties, copyright, and antitrust, on behalf of companies in the media, finance, energy, insurance, and manufacturing industries.

Ms. Alvarez has been involved in successfully representing clients in a number of high profile matters, including one of North America’s largest suppliers of chemical products in multidistrict antitrust litigation with over 70 consolidated cases, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in numerous contested matters and adversary proceedings in Bankruptcy Court, as well as in successful mediations, and the National Geographic Society in class action copyright infringement matters involving the Complete National Geographic, a compendium of all of the issues of National Geographic Magazine.

Ms. Alvarez has represented several pro-bono clients, including clients seeking to become naturalized citizens, seeking asylum and seeking to adopt foster children living with them. In addition, Ms. Alvarez litigated Lozano v. City of Hazleton, with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (now LatinoJustice PRLDEF), where they secured a successful landmark result on behalf of several individuals who could not otherwise afford counsel.

Ms. Alvarez began her legal career at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she practiced in the Complex Commercial Litigation Group for 17 years before joining Pashman Stein in 2019. Ms. Alvarez received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Pace University School of Law, magna cum laude. During law school, she served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor at the U.S. Court of Appeals. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.

Ms. Alvarez is fluent in Spanish.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New York
  • United States District Court for Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York


  • B.A. , State University of New York at Albany , Summa Cum Laude, 1999
  • J.D., Pace University School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, 2002


  • Fluent in Spanish