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

  • You can hire a defense attorney but I found in Mr. Cortez to be an advocate for all things that were then affecting my life. When I speak of him, I remind everyone he was my Counselor in the truest sense.  Today I am a better man for his work for and with me during those dark times.

  • 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.

  • 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.