Gomez Ruiz, Zoila Marisol
Founder & Managing Partner
Gomez & Palumbo, LLC
Attorney Zoila Marisol Gomez founded the Law Office of Zoila Gomez in 2006 after obtaining a JD from Massachusetts School of Law and her license to practice law from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She dreamed of becoming a lawyer since she was a child living in her native country, Dominican Republic. In 20015, she united forces with her loyal associate Attorney Tania Martinez, formerly known as Tania Palumbo and they formed the new Gomez & Palumbo, LLC. Zoila and Tania are so great together because they shared the same mission and vision about their love and passion for helping immigrants archive their dreams. She immigrated to the United States in 1988 at the age of eighteen. She attended Northern Essex Community College (NECC) for English as a Second Language (ESL) after graduating from Lawrence High School in 1989. As a single mother after the birth of her first child in 1994, she returned to NECC where she obtained an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies in 1997. She transferred to UMass Lowell where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 2000 while working full time. In 1999, she began working for then Congressman Martin Meehan as an intern and three months later she was hired as an employee. She left Congressman Meehan’s office in the fall of 2002 to begin law school at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover.
Since 1999, Attorney Gomez has dedicated her time to advocate for and educate the immigrant community. In her efforts to further educate the immigrant community regarding their rights and responsibilities, Attorney Gomez, participates weekly in the radio show “Al Son de la Mañana,” which airs Mondays through Fridays in WGUA Radio Católica, 98.1 FM. In the fall of 2011, she returned to NECC as a professor of Immigration Law and Policy and was passionate about giving back to the school that she graduated from. She is on the board of the Youth Development Organization, a nonprofit organization which seeks to engage students in afterschool programs to enhance their abilities to compete and have the confidence to survive in the world outside the walls of Lawrence. In 2011, she served as a member of the UMass Board of Trustee to which she was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick. In 2015, she was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to the Judicial Nominating Commission and served in that capacity until May 1, 2018. In 2018, she joined the Lawrence Partnership as a Board of Director’s member and the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys. In 2019 she participated in the LEADS 1.0 Leadership Program and is very proud of her involvement alongside other Lawrence leaders, most of whom are also members of the LEADS Network, in the process of the revitalization of Essex Street and the Lawrence Downtown.