The Law Offices of Ezekiel E. Cortez is a unique and highly experienced federal criminal defense firm.  We represent clients charged in federal courts with an emphasis on complex white-collar fraud cases, complex fraud conspiracies, vast RICO prosecutions, and complex drug and money laundering 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 through lawyer malfeasance or incompetence.  We are firm proponents of the 6th Amendment, which guarantees that people charged with crimes be given effective legal representation.  We are therefore zealous advocates for clients with possible ineffective assistance of counsel claims against their prior lawyers. We do not hesitate to attack fellow lawyers when they have actually harmed their client.

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Testimonials

  • My experience with Mr. Cortez provided not only a defense I could stand behind during my darkest hours, but a support system that helped set my life back on course.

  • From the moment Attorney Cortez accepted my case (over a weekend) he worked tirelessly, regardless of business hours or holiday schedules, first to get my bail, then on the case, analyzing, then dealing with each part both efficiently and effectively, always aiming at our agreed upon goal, the outcome I wanted… Mr Cortez was brilliant in all phases of his operation and his carefully chosen staff contributed and complimented his peerless works! He even took time to work with my family, to minimize the trauma and help us through a very difficult time…

  • 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.