Jose is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Venezuela. Jose began his career as an attorney in Venezuela. Jose’s outstanding Venezuelan practice was recognized several times by the Miranda State Bar Association, which awarded him with honors in three different years.
In 2002, Jose decided to come to the United States to further develop himself academically and professionally. In 2004, Jose was admitted to Syracuse University College of Law, where he graduated cum laude. During law school, Jose clerked for a US District Court in Florida.
Jose joined the Smith Sovik law firm in 2007. Since joining the firm, Jose was involved in all areas of litigation. Jose has been and is a member of the Latin American Law Student Association; Hispanic National Bar Association; Black Law Student Association; DRI; American Bar Association; New Jersey State Bar; New York State Bar; Law Students in Action Project-Spanish Translation and Interpretation Assistance Team; Onondaga County Bar Association; AILA, among others.
In 2012, Jose decided to open his new and independent law firm. After opening the Law Offices of Jose Perez, Jose has been involved in all areas of litigation, including construction, labor and employment, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation, SSI/SSD, and immigration. Jose has been a speaker/panelist at numerous events dealing with his legal practice, Workers’ Compensation, and immigration issues. Jose also has a “Know-Your-Rights” column in the CNY Latino newspaper.
Jose has received numerous awards and recognitions in New York State:
- 2009 Latino Leadership Award;
- 2010 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Star in New York State;
- 2011 HNBA Presidential Pro Bono Recognition Award;
- 2011 40 Under 40 of Central New York;
- 2011 Service Award in Recognition of Outstanding Pro Bono Service;
- 2012 New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel;
- 2013 Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Star;
- 2013 Keynote Speaker of the Opening Ceremony of the Onondaga County Hispanic Heritage Month;
- 2014, 2015 and 2016 Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Star;
- 2016 Keynote Speaker of the Opening Ceremony of the Syracuse University College of Law Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration; among others.
Jose has dedicated countless hours to community service. Jose has been representing clients successfully before the immigration courts and the USCIS on a pro-bono basis. The Fifth Judicial District ProBono Action Now Program, a probono program that was funded by the New York State Unified Court System, Catholic Charities of Tioga/Tompkins Counties, and The Worker’s Rights Group, a Syracuse task force, which advocates for immigrants in Central New York, have referred ProBono cases to Jose for representation in several fields.
Jose is the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Nosotros Radio Inc. Nosotros’ mission is to provide quality Spanish & English language radio entertainment combined with on-air education for the encouragement and strengthening of the Latino community, and the promotion of intercultural sharing among Central New York’s diverse communities. Jose is also the Vice President of the League of United Latin American Citizens-(LULAC), Syracuse-NY-chapter, a Board Advisor of Syracuse University La Casita, and an Ad-hoc member of the Civil Rights Committee of Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse.
Eddie Montesdeoca, B.A., J.D.
Tel. (716) 362-1204
Eddie Montesdeoca received his law degree (JD) from the Syracuse University College of Law in May 2017.
While a law student, Eddie was extensively involved in various activities. Eddie served as the Notes and Comment Editor for the Syracuse Journal of Science and Technology. Eddie was a member of the Latin American Law Student Association, serving as an Executive Board Member for two years. Eddie also competed on the Hispanic National Bar Association moot court team in the spring of 2016.
Eddie is from Western New York and will be practicing Immigration, Workers’ Compensation, and Social Security.
Dicsia Dorta, Masters in Law from Cuba
Tel. (315) 422-5673
Dicsia earned her law degree from the University of Habana Law School in Cuba, her native country. She practiced law in Cuba for 8 years working as a legal advisor of institutions of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.
She immigrated to the United States in 2007 and established in the Syracuse, New York area since then.
She held different jobs from 2007 to 2014. In the summer of 2014, Dicsia was given the opportunity to work as an intern in the New York State Human Rights Division where she says she “fell in love with the legal investigation process” and help the Human Rights Specialists to interpret for Spanish speaking complainants.
Dicsia served as a volunteer for the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County. She obtained certifications as a legal and medical interpreter in 2015.
In 2016 Dicsia completed her certificate program as a legal assistant at Bryant & Stratton College, where she also completed a notary public course.
In November of 2016, Dicsia was inducted to the ABG Honor Society in Bryant & Stratton College and will be graduating with honors in April 2017.
Dicsia is our legal assistant since 2015.
Jenniferd James was born and raised in Cuba and moved to Rochester, New York in January 2004. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 2013. After graduating she attended Shear Ego International School and obtained a Degree in Esthetics. Jenniferd started working as a Sales Associate for a major retail store until was presented the opportunity to work in a law firm office environment.
Her previous experience as a bilingual sales associative and customer service representative prepared her for the day to day tasks of a busy and exciting office environment.
Jenniferd joined the firm in June 2017 as a Bilingual Office Assistant in the Rochester’s Office to provide support handling client intake and initial call management. She is very excited about being a part of this team.
Tae Hoon Kim, B.A, LL.B, MPA, LL.M
Tel. (315) 422-5673
Kim is an attorney from Seoul, Korea who has completed his LL. B from Soong-sil University. After passing the Higher Official Exam of the Korean Government in 2003, he served as a senior deputy director of Ministry of Strategy and Finance for 12 years.
During his tenure at Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Kim drafted Amendments for the “Labor Standard Act”, the “Seafarers Act”, and the “Industry Accident Compensation Insurance Act”. On top of that, he took charge of several international negotiations as a representative of the Korean Government for Natural Person Movement Chapter of Free Trade Agreement such as Korea-European Union(EU) Free Trade Agreement and Korea-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Free Trade Agreement.
At the same time, Kim volunteered for 12 years at the Migrant Workers Human Rights Center in Seoul where he defended several foreign workers who had immigrated from China and Southeast Asia.
Thanks to his outstanding contributions to the Korean Government, Kim was chosen as a beneficiary of the Korean Government’s Official Training Abroad Program in 2014 which gave him the opportunity to study at Syracuse University. After receiving his Master’s Degree for Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University in 2016, Kim decided to further develop his legal career professionally.
Kim was admitted to Syracuse University College of Law where he completed his Master’s in Law [L.L.M] graduating on May 2017. He will be practicing immigration, Social Security, Workers’ Compensation, and Personal Injury actions.
Luwing Peche Loayza, Admitted to the Bar in Peru; JD’18
Before relocating to the United States and enrolling at the University of Buffalo School of Law, Luwing studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and became a lawyer admitted to practice law in Peru.
In Peru, Luwing practice as an Arbitrator and Arbitration Case Manager in contractual, administrative, and labor disputes. Also, he worked for law firms and different levels of the government administration practicing regulatory, contractual, and international law. After relocating to New York, Luwing did some volunteer work at the Legal Services of Central New York in the Binghamton office and participated as a mediator in small contractual claims and Child Visitation disputes at Accord, Binghamton.
After completing his first-year, Luwing did an internship with the Chautauqua County Public Defender Office assisting attorneys particularly in the criminal defense of Spanish speakers clients. And, as part of his experimental courses, Luwing did an externship with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Buffalo, New York.
Eddy A. Luce
IT and Administrative Assistant
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Advertising and Marketing. She also has a Certificate in Web Technology from Onondaga Community College.
During the past ten years, she has had a web design and marketing company. She has worked in areas such as business analytics, marketing, public relations, communications, advertising, graphic design, web design and digital marketing.
Eddy has collaborated with YWCA of Onondaga County, Nosotros Radio Inc., Syracuse Latino Festival and the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee. She has also participated in the program Human Library organized by the Onondaga County Public Library.