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Prior to admission to bar, I interned in the Real Property Bureau of the NYS AG, the Consumer Frauds Bureau of the NYS AG, and the District Office of Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr.  Admitted to practice in 1993, I worked for a title insurance agency, conducting title searches, and representing the title insurance company at closings.  After that, I worked for a sole practictioner as a litigating attorney in real property areas.   I continued to go to school, and received my Master's of Science in Special Education in 1995, and my Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration in 1999.  I worked in various capacities as a Educational, Vocational, and Residential Counsel for disabled individuals before becoming a Special Education Teacher.  I returned to the practice of  law upon learning of the current abuses of the mortgage foreclosure area, and have focused my attention in the context of foreclosure defense on establishing limits for unlawful bank conduct.


Practice areas


  1. Foreclosure: 60%
    10 years, 25 cases
  2. Appeals: 30%
    4 years, 5 cases
  3. Consumer Protection: 5%
    6 years, 10 cases
  4. Chapter 7: 3%
    4 years, 2 cases
  5. Other: 2%
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Contact info

Law Office of Kim DSouza

1304 Union Avenue.
Newburgh, NY, 12550


NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 199303/07/2016
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AVVO Top Contributor 2014AVVO2014
Ni-Dan (Second Degree Black Belt)American Buo Kai2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Foreclosure Defense AttorneyLaw Office of Kim DSouza2014 - 2014
Bankruptcy AttorneyLaw Office of Thomas Minotti2011 - 2014
Real Property AttorneyLaw Office of Leo Ritter1993 - 1994
Title SearcherRG Agency1992 - 1993
InternReal Property Bureau of NYS AG1992 - 1992
InternConsumer Frauds Bureau of NYS AG1991 - 1991
InternBureau Office Congressman Hamilton Fish1991 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Debtor Consumer Bankruptcy LawMember2014 - Present
Foreclosure Legal DefenseMember2013 - Present
Foreclosure PreventionMember2013 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wells Fargo v. OstiguyBank's Motion For Order of Reference Denied; Homeowner's Motion to Dismiss For Lack of Standing Granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York, College at New PaltzEducational AdministrationCertificate of Advanced Study1999
State University of New York, College at New PaltzSpecial EducationM.S.1995
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Cornell UniversityEnglishB.A.1989