AttorneyFrancisco E. Mundaca
Francisco was the first person in his family to earn a doctorate degree. He was ranked in the top 10% of attorneys office-wide in the Kings County, New York District Attorney’s Office (think Brooklyn). During that time, he orchestrated the largest takedown of one gang in Kings County history, and he was the first non-City University of New York (CUNY) graduate accepted as an attorney mentor in their attorney incubator program.
Even with all of these impressive accomplishments, however, his mother is proudest (even though she might never admit it publicly) of his television appearances as a legal expert on Univision.
You could say Francisco’s time in New York was a bit like the Law and Order TV shows. He says his work as a prosecutor in the Gang Division is always a great topic for cocktail parties. Some stories include heinous crimes on video, gang culture/language, and the time a gang leader put out a “hit” on Francisco.
During his time practicing in New York, the City selected him to provide low and pro bono counsel to City Counsel constituents in Bronx County. He has lectured in English and Spanish in NYC public schools to educate students, parents, and faculty on cyber-bullying and civil rights. He has been extensively involved with nonprofits to educate minorities about immigration consequences and how they relate to criminal charges. And as if that weren’t enough, he was a prosecutorial volunteer for Project Safe Surrender, a governmentally organized community-based initiative geared toward clearing open warrants to reduce case backlogs.
His academic stats are equally impressive. Francisco graduated from Pace University in New York City with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree, followed by his Juris Doctor from Catholic University Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.
He has also served as a Lubin Alumni Association Board of Director for his alma mater, Pace University. Recently, he assisted a former colleague with a grassroots campaign for the Queens County District Attorney in NYC.
In his spare time, Francisco loves fishing, camping, and chess (he even has two chess trophies!) Travel is also on his list of favorite activities. He recently solo-traveled to Japan and had a blast.
Around the office, people say that Francisco works hard and always has a smile on his face. He has also been told he’s a “sharp dresser,” but he’s not so sure. His clients value the breadth of legal experience he brings to the table, allowing him to provide sound advice in a wide variety of circumstances. They also appreciate that he’s straightforward, genuine, and calm in stressful situations. They frequently reach out to say hello even long after their legal matters have been resolved.
While all of these career achievements and accolades are wonderful, for Francisco, his greatest accomplishment is raising his “spectacularly wonderful” daughter.