Gabriela Pulla was born in Cuenca, Ecuador. At the age of nine she came to the United States. She was raised in Queens, New York, where she still resides. Ms. Pulla received her Legal Studies B.S. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Ms. Pulla graduated cum laude from New York Law School in 2022 and was a recipient of Professor Ivan Soubbotitch Award for Excellence in Poverty Law and Civil Rights at New York Law School’s 130th Commencement Exercises.
Ms. Pulla joined Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP as a paralegal in 2014. In 2017, Ms. Pulla assisted Partners Daniel P. O’Toole and Scott Occhiogrosso in a trial for a catastrophically injured pedestrian, which resulted in a $13,500,000 settlement at trial. Driven by the experience of this trial and encouraged by her mentors at the firm, Ms. Pulla applied to law school.
While attending New York Law School Ms. Pulla continued to work as a full-time paralegal on the firm’s largest and most serious cases while attending law school classes in the evenings. Notably, during midterms in her second year of law school, Ms. Pulla assisted Partners Daniel P. O’Toole and Scott Occhiogrosso in a trial which resulted in a $110,174,972 jury verdict for a 23-year-old cyclist who was paralyzed from the waist down after he was struck by an object that fell due to subway maintenance on the tracks above.
Ms. Pulla was a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council. Ms. Pulla was also a member of New York Law School’s Latin American Law Students’ Association Executive Board, serving as the Communication Director for the 2019-2020 school year and the Vice President – Evening Division for the 2020-2021 school year.
Ms. Pulla was nominated by her peers as an outstanding New York Law School Student and was featured on the school’s Humans of New York Law School campaign.
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, Ms. Pulla recognized a need to help the community and began the firm’s Community Outreach programs, beginning with backpack/back to school drives. As a result of these efforts the 40th Precinct of the New York Police Department awarded Ms. Pulla with a Certificate of Appreciation for Community Outreach in the South Bronx.
In 2021, Ms. Pulla began volunteering with LawHelpNY – helping low-income New Yorkers in obtaining information about legal services, legal rights, and the New York State Court System. She currently volunteers with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) distributing information about MOIA services and providing interpretation or as an English language facilitator.
Ms. Pulla is an animal lover – she has a 7-year-old Maltese named Bella and a 7-year-old Pitbull named Blu at home. She is a supporter of New York Bully Crew, a non-profit organization that rescues bully breeds from dire situations.
Ms. Pulla is a first generation professional and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Ms. Pulla brings 13 years of experience as a personal injury paralegal and is excited to continue her legal career in a new role representing injured clients with extreme dedication and compassion. In particular, she is thankful to be able to represent her community and to sit across from her clients and provide them with the opportunity to tell her about their stories in their language.
- New York State
- New York Law School, New York, NY
- J.D. – 2022
- John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
- B.S. – 2009
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