We are a highly experienced trial law firm specializing in federal criminal defense.  As career federal criminal defense attorneys, our unwavering mission is to zealously protect the Constitutional rights of our clients through the power of law. We carry out our criminal defense mission fortified by the support of a group of independent criminal defense attorneys and licensed investigators who, when needed, form part of our robust legal team.

The focus of our dedicated, national practice is on federal crimes with an emphasis on complex cases and cases that involve unique or novel constitutional legal issues.

We also represent clients who have become targets or subjects of a grand jury investigation and those who have received a subpoena to testify or produce documents before a federal grand jury.  Often, the earlier these kinds of cases establish a robust, 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 neglect or incompetence.  We fight against ineffective assistance of counsel because we are firm enforcers of the 6th Amendment’s guarantee that people charged with crimes be given loyal, effective and zealous representation.  We are therefore zealous advocates for clients with possible ineffective assistance of counsel claims and do not hesitate to attack fellow lawyers when they have actually harmed a client.

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Ezekiel E. Cortez

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ezekiel E. Cortez has had a remarkable variety of life and professional experiences as well as an intellect that is capable of understanding even the most abstract nuances of matters financial, international and even chemical, as pertains to Federal Law. Further, he is a remarkably quick study, allowing him to both understand and interface with professionals in EVERY discipline, and thus extract and utilize materials and information that would absolutely be lost on most other attorneys. Even those with “star” reputations.