Jose Vega joined PMK in February 2022 as an associate attorney practicing community association law on Oahu and the neighbor islands. While attending the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, he served with the Hawaiian Innocence Project and the Immigration Clinic, both of which are nonprofit organizations that help promote justice for minority groups. After graduating and before joining PMK, he worked in the areas of insurance defense and criminal law.

Jose’s family encouraged him to pursue a career in law, in part to follow in the footsteps of some of his maternal relatives who practiced law in Mexico.

Jose said he has benefitted from and appreciates the learning opportunities that practicing real estate law has afforded him.

“I enjoy challenges and I find that I am learning every day as I practice,” Jose said.

The subject of one of his favorite classes in law school was secure transactions.

“This type of practice works with secure transactions and adds a layer of complexity that I enjoy,” he said.

Recently, Jose has studied reasonable accommodations and how to determine when homeowners’ associations must provide them, which can be especially complex when residents have competing interests.

 “There are no hard and fast rules,” he said. “It is very case-by-case. “

Born in Texas and raised in Georgia, Jose now lives in Makiki. In his free time, he enjoys free diving, painting, and rock climbing.