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Ezekiel E. Cortez - San Diego, CA

San Diego Drug Cases Lawyer
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1010 Second AvenueSuite 1850San Diego, CA 92101-4917
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Ezekiel E. CortezLawyer Overview

Focusing his practice on criminal defense matters, he represents clients throughout San Diego County who have been charged with federal offenses, including white collar crimes, drug trafficking, RICO violations and mortgage, investment and insurance fraud. Mr. Cortez is certified as a specialist in criminal law by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. 

As a devoted career federal criminal defense attorney and trial attorney, Mr. Cortez has...

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Focusing his practice on criminal defense matters, he represents clients throughout San Diego County who have been charged with federal offenses, including white collar crimes, drug trafficking, RICO violations and mortgage, investment and insurance fraud. Mr. Cortez is certified as a specialist in criminal law by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. 

As a devoted career federal criminal defense attorney and trial attorney, Mr. Cortez has unwaveringly devoted his practice to the defense of federal criminal cases and other federal matters since 1984. Since 1988, Mr. Cortez has engaged in post conviction Habeas Corpus Litigation of unique, federal and state cases, involving ineffective assistance of counsel issues. Mr. Cortez also handles selected federal civil matters. Unwavering in his commitment to the less fortunate in society, he also routinely takes complex federal criminal cases pro bono to represent those unable to afford an effective defense.

Mr. Cortez's legal ability and ethical conduct have earned the highest peer-review rating available from Martindale-Hubbell - an AV rating. ("A" rates Mr. Cortez's legal ability as "Very High to Preeminent"; "V" rates his ethical conduct as the highest ethical standard possible).

For over fifteen years, Mr. Cortez has been continuously listed in The Best Lawyers In America - a national standard of excellence for the legal profession. Mr. Cortez has been listed in San Diego Magazine's "Best Lawyers In San Diego" in 2001 and 2005-2011, as one of only a handful of elite criminal defense lawyers once described by the magazine as the type of lawyer that other "attorneys would go to if they needed a [federal criminal defense] lawyer." Mr. Cortez has also been listed in Super Lawyers continuously since 2007 in the edition of California: San Diego, Criminal Defense: White Collar and Corporate Counsel categories as one of the "Seriously Outstanding Top 5%" in his field. Mr. Cortez was also selected by U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms in 2010.

As an ambassador for his profession, Mr. Cortez was twice awarded Fulbright Scholarships in October 2003 and in 2004 by the State Department to teach the American system of adversarial jury trial techniques to Chilean defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges at the University of Concepción, and in Temuco, Chile. Mr. Cortez has taught Criminal Justice Administration at San Diego State University and at MGU (Moscow University) in Moscow, Russia. He has also taught trial skills and techniques as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego and at California Western Schools of Law and has frequently taught advanced trial techniques to experienced trial lawyers for CACJ, NACDL and various trial institutes.

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Practice Areas
Drug CasesTrafficking of DrugsSale of GoodsManufacture of DrugDelivery of DrugsDrug TraffickingHealth Care FraudFederal CrimesFraudMortgage FraudCredit Card FraudInsurance FraudFeloniesResisting with ViolenceWeapons Offenses Concealed FirearmDeadly MissileUttering a Forged InstrumentTamperingStrategic Case ConsultationCorporate Compliance
Litigation
100%
Current Employment Position(s)
Member
Languages
Spanish
Qualifications
Bar Admissions
California, 1984U.S. District Court Southern District of CaliforniaU.S. District Court Central District of CaliforniaU.S. District Court Eastern District of CaliforniaU.S. District Court Northern District of CaliforniaU.S. District Court Eastern District of MichiganU.S. District Court District of ColoradoU.S. Court of Appeals 5th CircuitU.S. Court of Appeals 9th CircuitU.S. Court of Appeals 10th CircuitU.S. Supreme Court, 1990
Specialties and Certifications
Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
Other Affiliations
American Bar Association, 1990 - 1991 (Member, Sentencing Guidelines Committee) Criminal Defense Lawyers Club of San Diego (Member) National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member) American Inns of Court, William B. Enright, Alumnus (Member) Federal Defenders of San Diego and Appellate Defenders, Inc. (Past Member, Board of Directors) U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (Member, Lawyers Disciplinary Committee) U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (Member, Magistrate Judge Selection Committee) JNE Commissioner, California State Bar
Education
University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
J.D.
California State University, San Diego, California
Classes and Seminars
Adjunct Professor, California Western School of Law, 1990
Adjunct Professor, California Western School of Law, 1992
Adjunct Professor, University of San Diego, 1989 - 1990
Criminal Justice Administration, San Diego State University and at MGU (Moscow University) in Moscow, Russia
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Included on the 2014 Southern California list


Past Lists

  • 2013 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 superlawyers.com Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Ezekiel E. Cortez on Super Lawyers

Honors
Best Lawyers in America, 1996 - Present Highest peer-Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell - an AV RatingBest Lawyers In San Diego, San Diego Magazine's, 2001Best Lawyers In San Diego, San Diego Magazine's, 2005 - 2011U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms, 2010Fulbright Scholarships, October, 2003
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Office Information
Address
1010 Second AvenueSuite 1850San Diego, CA 92101-4917
Phone
619-237-0309
Fax
619-237-8052
Offers Free Initial Consultation
Yes
Office Hours
Monday - Friday : 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Publication
Articles
Federal Defense Manual, (Co-Author), Federal Defenders of San Diego, 1985-1988 Editions
Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties, (Co-Author), Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2008
Representative Cases
Brian Glen Brewer v. Anthony HedgpethU.S. v. Castro-Carbajal, 439 F.3d 1149 (9th Cir. 2006) U.S. v. Fanghella , (District Court, Southern District of California) U.S. v. Jackson , ( U.S. District Court, Southern District of California) U.S. v. Mason, et al, 1994 U.S. App. LEXIS 19198 (9th Cir. 1994) U.S. v. ScharringhausenUnited States v. Frega,et al, 179 F.3d 793 (9th Cir. 1999) U.S. v. Corona
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