Ismael “Mel” M. Jose

  • Attorney
  • Attorney


Brooklyn, NY





ISMAEL JOSE is the senior real estate attorney in the firm. He has successfully closed hundreds of real estate deals, predominantly representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries of trusts and estates in sales and buyouts of residential and commercial properties. 

In addition to real estate transactions, Mr. Jose provides counsel in various areas of the firm’s practice, including Estate Planning (Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies), Asset Protection (Trusts and LLCs), Tax (Capital Gains Tax and 1031 Exchange), and Litigation and Dispute Settlement (Real Property Actions such as partitions and actions to quiet title).

With over 18 years of legal experience, Mr. Jose, is able to help clients navigate diverse legal issues, offering intelligent, compassionate and cost-effective solutions, ultimately delivering favorable results. 

Before joining Connors & Sullivan, Mr. Jose handled multi-million-dollar litigation and complex transactions for international clients. He also served as a part-time professor at San Beda University. 

Mr. Jose volunteers and currently serves as officer in a church-based Filipino-American association in New Jersey. 

He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, and occasionally plays the guitar.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate 70%
  • Trust and Estate 10%
  • Tax 10%
  • Real Property Partition 10%

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2015
  • Philippines, 2006


  • San Beda College of Law, Manila
    • J.D. - 2005
  • San Beda University, Manila
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Major: Economics


  • Part-Time Professor, Alma Mater, San Beda College

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bay Ridge Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines


  • Tagalog