This case involved the rare prosecution of two lawyers and a nurse accused of committing fraud in the child surrogacy industry. Our client was, at the time, the leading lawyer and media legal commentator in the industry here in the United States. This rare prosecution also focused on the many troubling social, ethical and legal… Read more »
Our very difficult defense in this cutting edge, aggressive DOJ prosecution for alleged violations of Title 18 U.S.C. Section 879 (a)(3) helped infuse new life into the modern scope of First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly and political expression on blogs in internet chat rooms. Bagdasarian involved the determined prosecution by the federal government of… Read more »
This case was a post-conviction habeas corpus petition. Mr. Brewer was sentenced pursuant to California’s Three Strikes law to four consecutive terms of 40 years to life after a jury convicted him at trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court for the alleged robbery of a credit union. Mr. Brewer protested his innocence from the… Read more »
This case involved alleged violations of Title 46 U.S.C. 1903 (Maritime Drug Enforcement Act — MDEA), involving 2,000 kilograms of cocaine located in a speed boat seized off the coast of Colombia by U.S. authorities. This difficult case involved multiple defendants and complex jurisdictional and other legal issues, and after a jury trial, resulted in… Read more »
A high-profile case described in the media as one of the largest investment-fraud cases in Southern California history, the case involved over $300 million in alleged fraud. Mr. Cortez’s client was the Chief Executive Officer of PinnFund, USA. This was one of the most complex white collar fraud cases in Southern California and involved thousands… Read more »
A high-profile case involving allegations of police corruption against other San Diego Police Officers. Mr. Cortez’s client was a 12-year veteran Detective of the San Diego Police Department.
This case was dubbed “The Alliance” by the national media and described as the largest prosecution of lawyers in American history. Mr. Cortez’s client was a highly experienced civil litigation attorney.
This was a very complex case involving alleged multi-million dollar investment fraud. After a lengthy and difficult jury trial, Mr. Cortez’s client was acquitted of all the investment fraud charges. Mr. Cortez’s client is a highly successful real-estate developer and engineer.
This case involved the rare prosecution by the federal government of three long-time Superior Court judges and a prominent and very successful plaintiff’s lawyer for allegedly having conspired to violate federal RICO, mail fraud and state bribery statutes. The alleged RICO conspiracy conviction was thrown out on appeal. Mr. Cortez’s client was a former Superior… Read more »
A case involving a hand-to-hand sale of approximately 5 pounds of methamphetamine to undercover DEA agents. The first trial resulted in a hung jury; on retrial, Mr. Cortez’s client was acquitted without his testimony — an extremely rare defense tactic in an entrapment case. Mr. Cortez’s client was a medical doctor.