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Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia

Paralegal

Maria was born and raised in the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago. Maria attended Farragut Career Academy (high school) in Chicago and graduated in June of 1999. Maria later attended Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, Illinois and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Science in May of 2003. Maria is the longest serving employee at the office having started in September of 2001. Maria is fluent in both English and Spanish. Maria has one son and works hard to balance working with our clients and maintaining a great home for her family.

Alma Aidee Peza

Alma Aidee Peza

Paralegal

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Alma studied to become a professional technician in Informatics. In 2006, she graduated as a Civil Aviation Professional, exercising this career for 10 years in different and important Mexican Airlines. Her career required traveling and dealing with different types of people, providing a personalized service and above all, being security personnel on board providing first aid and being qualified for all types of emergencies. Alma recently moved to Chicago where she enjoys working with the Latino community and helping them resolve their problems. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and seeing new places, reading, spending time with her husband and going out with family and friends, as well as herbal medicine and practicing yoga.

Sayra Rueda

Sayra Rueda

Paralegal

Sayra is a life-long resident of Chicago and has lived her entire life in the Little Village neighborhood. Sayra attended Little Village High School World Language, graduating in June of 2013, and is currently attending Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois, majoring in Business Administration/Finance. Sayra is bilingual and her responsibilities at the Epstein Law Firm include processing settlement contracts, negotiating medical bills and overseeing the loan department at the firm. Sayra started at our firm in February 2013. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, as well as watching her favorite sport, baseball.

Stephanie Cerda-Ocampo

Stephanie Cerda-Ocampo

Legal Assistant

Stephanie is a graduate from World Language High School in Little Village Lawndale High School. She graduated in the top ten of her class with honors and was president of her school’s National Honors Society. In the fall, she will be attending Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and will major in Public Policy and hopes to attend law school in the future. Stephanie is fluent in both English and Spanish and received The Seal of Biliteracy. She started at our firm in 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the park, and walking by the lake.

Rebecca Alvarez-Ramos

Rebecca Alvarez-Ramos

Legal Assistant

Rebecca is a graduate from World Language High School in Little Village Lawndale High School. She graduated in the top ten of her class with honors and was secretary of her school’s National Honors Society. In the fall, she will be attending The University of Chicago and will major in Sociology with a minor in Creative Writing and Latino Studies. Rebecca is fluent in both English and Spanish and received The Seal of Biliteracy. She started at our firm in 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and watching soccer with her dad.

Marveya Gorostieta

Marveya Gorostieta

Legal Assistant

Marveya is a graduate from World Language High School in Little Village Lawndale High School. She graduated in the top ten of her class with honors, was valedictorian for her graduating class and was part of her school’s National Honors Society. In the fall, she will be attending The University of Illinois at Chicago and will major in Nursing. Marveya is fluent in both English and Spanish and received The Seal of Biliteracy. She started at our firm in 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Jared Epstein

Jared Epstein

Jared is Jack and Dena’s eldest son.  He was born in Chicago at Northwestern University Hospital. Jared attended Glenbrook North High School and graduated in 2015.  In high school, Jared played on the baseball and hockey teams, winning the Illinois State High School Hockey Championship. Jared now studies at the University of Illinois and is majoring in Biology. Jared has worked in the office since his early years in high school and recently worked as a clerk for the Honorable Kay Hanlon, a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Jared is considering law school and may eventually follow in his mother and father’s footsteps and work to help people with their workers’ compensation and serious criminal cases. Although Jared decided against continuing his hockey career in college, he still loves playing with his former high school hockey teammates on their summer men’s league team.

Dustin Epstein

Dustin Epstein

Dustin is Jack and Dena’s second son.  He was born in Chicago at Northwestern University Hospital. Dustin attended Glenbrook North High School and graduated in 2016. In high school, Dustin played hockey and was an excellent math and science student. Dustin now attends the University of Illinois and is majoring in Chemistry. Although Dustin does not aspire to be an attorney, he enjoys helping clients at the firm. Dustin uses his exceptional math skills to assist the attorneys with complicated wage loss calculations and future medical cost projections.  Dustin still loves to play hockey in his spare time and continues to excel in school, with plans to study postgraduate in Chemistry.

Tori Rose

Tori Rose

Contributing Writer

Tori was born in Northbrook, Illinois and graduated from Glenbrook North High School with honors in the spring of 2015. Tori is currently attending the University of Texas at Austin where she is a part of the Plan II: a four-year, interdisciplinary arts and sciences honors program. In addition to Plan II, Tori is majoring in political science with a minor in forensic science. Tori’s responsibilities with the firm include researching and writing briefs, as well as writing articles for the firm’s website. In her free time, she enjoys reading fantasy and science fiction novels, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

Liz Cortez

Liz Cortez

Paralegal

Liz Cortez is our newest employee and is in charge of processing settlement documents. Liz is currently a paralegal student at Robert Morris University where she is working toward her Associates Degree in General Paralegal Studies. Liz is plaining to continue her education and obtain a Bachelor’s Degree as well. Liz is a member of Robert Morris University’s cheerleading and Poms team. During her spare time she enjoys reading. Liz’s favorite type of books are self-motivation, personal development and self-help books. Her favorite author is Napoleon Hills.