The Law Offices of Ezekiel E. Cortez is a unique and highly experienced criminal defense firm that focuses exclusively on federal cases.  We represent clients charged in federal courts with a variety of different types of crimes, especially complex white-collar fraud cases, complex fraud conspiracies, RICO prosecutions, and a wide variety of drug offenses.

We also frequently serve clients who have not yet been indicted, but are under federal investigation or have received a subpoena to testify or produce documents before a federal grand jury.  Often, the earlier these kinds of cases establish a proactive defense, the better the result for the client.

One of our unique areas of litigation is serving clients who have been harmed by our own colleagues by lawyer malfeasance or incompetence — we are zealous advocates for clients with possible ineffective assistance of counsel claims against their prior lawyers.  We are firm proponents of the 6th Amendment, which guarantees that people charged with crimes be given effective legal representation.  We are not afraid to attack fellow lawyers when they have actually harmed a client. And we have done so many times.

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  • I have hired and worked with a number of fine attorneys in my 30 years of adult life and NONE compare to Attorney Ezekiel E. Cortez, in terms of tenacity, responsiveness, knowledge and use of the law to help me (his client). He truly CARES! Finally, the most important issue, I got an outcome that EXCEEDED my highest hopes; that is, specifically, I went from an estimated 90 years at the bail hearing to 21 months, without compromising my integrity or giving anything to the prosecution that was damaging to myself or others. I just cannot say enough good things about Ezekiel E. Cortez and his fine staff!

  • If I had engaged Mr. Cortez to begin with, I would have achieved a significantly better result. After spending nearly $200,000 on another less competent law firm, which was taking their lead from another co-defendant’s lawyers to my detriment, he was able to obtain a great result for me.

  • Mr. Cortez and Ms. Valentine are hands down the most professional and caring lawyers I have ever encountered. From the beginning of my husband’s case they were honest, dedicated and truly cared for the well being of all parties involved. I would hire his team again in a heartbeat and recommend Mr. Cortez and Ms. Valentine to any of my friends or family members in need of a lawyer. If you want a team who will fight for you and your case, this is definitely the firm to hire to get you results!
    I can’t thank Mr. Cortez and Ms. Valentine enough for all their hard work and loyalty they showed my family during one of the hardest year we’ve ever had to go through.