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Updated 10/11/2011
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Law Offices of Ezekiel E. Cortez, APC

1010 Second Avenue
Suite 1850
San Diego, CA 92101-4917


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Ezekiel E. Cortez is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization after passing the federal specialist examination.

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.

Practice Areas

  • Drug Cases
  • Trafficking of Drugs
  • Sale of Goods
  • Manufacture of Drug
  • Delivery of Drugs
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Federal Crimes
  • Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Felonies
  • Resisting with Violence
  • Weapons Offenses Concealed Firearm
  • Deadly Missile
  • Uttering a Forged Instrument
  • Tampering

Litigation

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Member

Languages

  • Spanish
Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.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 San Diego 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 Rating
  • Best Lawyers In San Diego, San Diego Magazine's, 2001
  • Best Lawyers In San Diego, San Diego Magazine's, 2005 - 2011
  • U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms, 2010
  • Fulbright Scholarships, October, 2003
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Office Information

Address

1010 Second Avenue
Suite 1850
San Diego, CA 92101-4917

Phones

619-237-0309

Faxes

619-237-8052

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Offers Free Initial Consultation

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday : 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM

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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

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