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Jose Perez Your Lawyer

Jose Perez, Esq. (B.A, J.D.)



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
  • 2017 Martindale Hubbell. Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.
  • 2017 Super Lawyers. Rising Stars.
  • 2017 The American Registry. Top Ten American Professionals.
  • 2017 Top Attorneys of Upstate New York. Rising Stars 2017.
  • 2018 Martindale Hubbell. Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.
  • 2018 Top Attorneys of Upstate New York. Rising Stars 2018.
  • 2018 Tthe National Advocates. Top 40 Under 40.
  • 2018 Worldwide Super Lawyers. SSI/SSD Law Firm of the Year.
  • 2019 American Institute of Legal Counsel. 10 Best Immigration Attorneys. New York.
  • 2019 Martindale Hubbell. 5 Anniversary 2014-2019. Rated BV Distinguished for 5 years. Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.
  • 2019 Martindale Hubbell. Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.
  • 2019 Acquisition International. 2019 Leading Adviser Awards. Leading Workers’ Compensation Lawyer of the Year, New York.; among others.
  • 2019 Sonia Sotomayor Award by the Syracuse University College of Law and the Latin American Law Students Association.
  • 2020 Martindale Hubbell Award. Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.
  • 2020 Global Excellence Awards – Most Influential Immigration Lawyer 2020 – New York. AI Acquisition International.

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. Jose has appeared nationally on Telemundo and Univision.

Eddie MontesdeOca

Eddie Montesdeoca, Esq. (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.

Isabella Pazmino

Isabella Pazmino Vinueza, Admitted to the Bar in Ecuador; JD’19

Associate (Pending admission in NY)

Isabella Pazmino Vinueza is authorized to practice law in Ecuador and is still pending admission to practice law in New York State. Ms. Pazmino received her LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) at the Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo in Ecuador and was admitted to the Guayas State Bar in 2013. She was recipient of the PAEC Scholarship co-sponsored by the Syracuse University College of Law and the Organization of American States. She worked in Guayaquil at her family’s law firm where she practiced corporate law and real estate transactions.

After years in the private sector, she switched professional paths to the public sector where she worked for the government as legal analyst and adviser to the Bureau of Transparency, energy, and aquaculture and fisheries sectors. Isabella graduated with a Master of Laws from Syracuse University College of Law in 2018, worked as a Community Ambassador in the Office of Of-Campus Services of Syracuse University, was research assistant to the Director of the Law Innovation Center of Syracuse University College of Law and held a leadership position as her Class Senator. Speaks fair French and Italian.

Luwing Peche - Law Office

Luwing Peche Loayza, Admitted to the Bar in Peru; JD’18

Associate (Pending admission in NY)

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.

Dicsia Dorta

Dicsia Dorta

Legal Assistant

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 graduated with honors on April 2017.

Dicsia is our legal assistant since 2015.

Jenniferd James

Jenniferd James


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.

Eddy Luce - IT Support

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.

Brian Borges Sampaio

Brian Borges Sampaio, LL.B.


Brian Borges Sampaio is a Brazilian attorney. Mr. Sampaio received his LL.B. (Bachelhor of Laws) at the Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana and was admitted to the OAB (Brazilian Bar Association) in 2015. Since then, he started his own law firm. He also worked as an Assistant to the Prosecutor at the Labor Prosecution Service, where he stayed until 2019.

In 2019, Mr. Sampaio moved to the United States to obtain an LLM (Master of Laws) degree at Syracuse University, which will allow him to sit for the bar in New York State.

Mr. Sampaio has also obtained an LLM degree in Corporate Law at FGV (Fundação Getúlio Vargas), in Brazil. He has litigated in a great number of cases and has experience in the fields of Labor and Taxation Law. In the public sector, he acquired a vast experience in drafting civil class actions.

Mr. Sampaio is a native Portuguese speaker, fluent in English and is conversational in Spanish.

Patricia G. Cardona

Patricia G. Cardona

Bachelors in Law in El Salvador, J.D. Candidate, 2020, President of the Latin American Law Student Association, Historian of OUTLAW Student Association

Patricia is an authorized attorney in El Salvador. She received her Bachelors in Law (LLM) in 2010 from Dr. Jose Matias Delgado University in El Salvador. She is currently attending Syracuse University College of Law where she is a Juris Doctor Candidate for the class of 2020 and she was elected President of the Latin American Law Student Association for 2019-20. Patricia also has an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Essex County Community College in Newark, New Jersey.

Patricia practiced law for the Public Defender Office in La Libertad, El Salvador focusing on domestic violence victims. In the United States, she worked as the Chief of the Legal Department for the Consulate of El Salvador in Elizabeth, New Jersey, focusing on international and consular law. She represented the Salvadoran consulate/embassy by providing guidance in deportation procedures with the Department of Homeland Security. Patricia obtained partial accreditation with the Department of Justice while working with low income communities; she provided immigration services and acted as a community advocate in immigration matters in New Jersey. Patricia also interned with Hiscock Legal Aid where she gained experience with Landlord-tenant services.

Geraldine Linares

Geraldine Linares, B.A., J.D. (Pending 2019)


Geraldine Linares is of Dominican Descent and going into her final year of law school. She will be receiving her Law degree (JD) from Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad College of Law in May 2019.

As a Law student, Geraldine is involved in a variety of organizations within the school. She has served as a Student Bar Association (SBA) Representative for the past 2 years. She is a member of the Immigration Law Organization, Black Student Association, Transactional Law Practice Group and the Hispanic Student Bar Association. She is also a member of an Honors organization, NSU Trial Association, where she competed in this past Spring 2018.

Karola Castaneda

Karola Castaneda-​Garcia


Tel. (315) 422-5673

Karola Castañeda is studying International Relations with a minor in Spanish at Syracuse University. She is currently specializing in International Law and Organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean region in Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She’s on the path for law school and hopes to facilitate a more diverse representation and inclusion in the legal profession. She is passionate about law and human rights, particularly pertaining to immigration.

Yanira Gonzalez

Yanira Gonzalez


Yanira Gonzalez is of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. She is a qualified Spanish interpreter and holds an associates degree in Criminal Justice from Onondaga Community College, where she graduated cum laude . There she had a successful two year experience as an Honors student and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) participant. PTK is a program that recognizes and encourages the academic achievements of two year college students with a minimum cumulative GPA here of 3.5 and above. PTK provides opportunities for individual growth and participation in scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service. In the Fall 2019, Yanira intends to specialize in Political Science at the State University of Albany and use her knowledge to be of service to
Immigration. Yanira is a big believer in helping the world around her and contributing to her community. She supports a non-profit organization known as Refugee and Immigrants Self Empowerment (R.I.S.E.) organization committed to empower all refugees and immigrants to
become economically independent and productive members in society while maintaining their cultural identity.

Yanira has spent the majority of her college career gaining experiences. These areas encompass, AmeriCU Credit Union, Spanish tutoring, Resident Assistant (RA), Wegmans Food Market, Auburn Correctional Facility, Onondaga County Probation Department, Onondaga Department 9-1-1 Center, CSTEP student conference and Dining Etiquette because good manners can make a difference between success and failure in many aspects of life. Yanira used to occupy a position at AmeriCU Credit Union as an Intern-Member Service Specialist. In this role, she was responsible for developing, managing, expanding and retaining relationships with members and potential members. Evaluating members’ needs to provide the appropriate financial products and services. By the same token prioritize and organize workload to accomplish multiple responsibilities. Yanira has been recognized for notable achievements and awards in her life as she pursued her associate’s degree. She has been phenomenally committed to extra-curricular activities such as The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Women’s campaigns, Phi Theta Kappa, Criminal Justice Mentoring program, Spanish Club, Criminal Justice Club and Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program(CSTEP). Awards earned are the following:

● EOP Pinnacle Award, April 2019
● Rising Star Award, May 2019
● Resident Assistant “Outstanding Commitment Award”, May 2019
● Presidents List, Honors Scholar, August 2018- May 2019

Yanira’s experiences provide the perfect foundation for a dedicated, self-driven and disciplined staff member. She has set goals that would provide assistance for her future such as her level of ambition, limitless academic dedication and ongoing perseverance just to name a few. Yanira genuinely has a heart for immigration. With this in mind, with Albany’s guidance and endless support she hopes to specialize in law, enhance her knowledge in law, as well as the skills of logical analysis, effective communication and ethical reasoning. Given these points, Yanira aims to network and connect learning experiences with career goals, is presently involved with Synergy and is firmly dedicated to advising other people to achieve the same success.

Jacqueline Saymon

Jacqueline Saymon


Jacqueline attended Nottingham High School in the City of Syracuse. She graduated from Nottingham in June of 2018. Jacqueline is also a proud member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). With NSBE, she and other students from all over the country participate in a competition where they make people aware of current events that are happening around the world.

Jacqueline currently attends Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York where she majors in Political Science. She is expected to graduate from Monroe in the spring of 2020. Her plan for the near future is to transfer to Syracuse University and continue with her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and also pursue a minor in Communications.

After she obtains her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, Jacqueline wants to attend Columbia School of Law in New York City.  Since early in life Jacqueline has always had a passion for helping people and her community. To fulfill her passion, Jacqueline’s long term goal is to become a lawyer and obtain the knowledge to be able to assist with whatever legal needs her community faces; She would like to start her own law firm to practice in all areas of law.