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Joshua Tobias Ortega

Criminal defense Attorney at Pasadena, MD

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2013
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Attorney Joshua T. Ortega has dedicated his career to protecting the rights of others in the face of complicated legal situations. Mr. Ortega has experience in a wide range of criminal and civil matters - including criminal and civil defense, family law, and personal injury cases. Mr. Ortega's most valuable asset, which sets him apart as an attorney, is his dedication to the needs of his clients. As a zealous advocate, Mr. Ortega gives his clients a powerful voice both in and out of the courtroom. 

Mr. Ortega actively coaches the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law mock trial team. The mock trial team competes nationally against other law schools. As a coach for the mock trial team, Mr. Ortega teaches young lawyers how to conduct a trial, which includes making opening statements, direct- and cross-examinations, closing arguments, and understanding and arguing evidentiary objections. 

Mr. Ortega graduated magna cum laude from Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, North Carolina. While at Charlotte School of Law, he competed in national mock trial competitions in California, New York, North Carolina, and Tennessee. In addition, to finishing 10th in his class overall, Mr. Ortega was chosen by his peers to speak as commencement speaker during their law school graduation. 

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Ortega Law, LLC
8023 Ritchie Highway
Suite A
Pasadena, MD, 21122

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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2019
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Highly Recommended!
Although my case is so ongoing and probably will be dragged out for quite a while, I felt the need to write this review anyway. I hired Josh a couple weeks ago to represent me in what is a VERY sticky, messy case. Within an HOUR of retaining him, much to my surprise, he had entered himself as my attorney and filed a bunch of motions on my behalf! So to say he is quick, professional and on top of things is an understatement. He is in constant contact with me, answering my (many) questions as they present & makes me feel at ease as I am a very hurt, ball of nerves. He’s been fantastic and if I have to go through this mess, I’m glad I have HIM to fight for me!
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Posted by Marcus | September 16, 2018
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Incredible attorney
April 2017. After I filed for custody of my child I was charged with domestic violence. I was also charged with a protective order in an attempt to keep me from contacting my ex and our daughter for 2 years. I was completely devastated, not only because I am a man fighting for custody and there are so many rumors that the family law court is biased against men, also because I had lost my freedom and the most precious thing in my life, my daughter, because of false allegations. I hired Josh Ortega the morning after I got out of jail. He had 1 night to prepare for the protective order hearing. The protective order against me was denied. Josh Ortega then represented me for the domestic violence/assault charges that were filed against me. For all 7 charges I was found either Not Guilty or dismissed. Finally, after 14 months I had court for my child custody case. End result, we got a great outcome. I say "we" because Josh has been with me every step of the way. I believe he really cares about my daughter and winning my case. There have been many phone calls and emails that Josh didn't even charge me for. This case worked out exactly how I needed it to and now my daughters mother has calmed down a lot. I would say one of Mr. Ortega's biggest strengths is performance in the court room. Has ability to be passive and to be aggressive in court. Quick thinking. Wants to win. I was very passionate about winning my case and Josh was the best attorney I could have asked for.
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Posted by Wajid | December 28, 2016
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Great lawyer
He is the best lawyer i ever had. Worked very hard to win. He won my cases all 3 times. He is very friendly and very caring person with his clients. He is very smart and great attorney to hair him if you ever need attorney.
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
One of the best lawyers I have ever had. He addressed all calls/emails in a timely manner and most importantly was very honest and transparent. My case was complex and I would 110% recommend him to anyone that needs legal assistance.
Posted by Tyrone | May 22, 2016
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Very intelligent and personable
Joshua was very considerate of my situation/case kept my mind at ease throughout the entire process. He was very good on getting back to me whenever I had any needs or concerns... I would recommend him to anyone...
Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2016
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Nurse Case Manager
Joshua is not only smart, helpful and responsive, he is on top of his game and best at what he does. From my personal experience I have found him extremely efficient, on point as well as cost effective. He listened carefully to my questions and comments and responded quickly and clearly with analysis and advice directly at the issue. He did such an outstanding job and I highly recommend him. Thanks Josh for a job well done.
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Posted by LC | May 17, 2016
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Great advocate... Personable... Highly recommend
Saw an ad and called Mr Ortega to discuss my case. Decided to hire him and I am very glad that I retained Him to litigate my case. Mr Ortega very organized, professional, and competent. Most important, we got a favorable decision. (Won the case) Yes, without hesitation, I would highly recommend Mr Ortega. I had a difficult case and needed a good attorney.... and Mr Ortega fought hard and won the case.
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Posted by Dr. Gibbs, DPT | July 8, 2014
Top Notch Family Representation!
In Feb of 2014 I retained an attorney to fight for my son. Unfortunately, 3 weeks before the trial that attorney filed to cancel his appearance as my lawyer. After much prayer and dileberation I was referred to Joshua. On short notice, Joshua and his firm dove head first into my case. He filed the required paperwork, offered resonable fees, and had 24/7 communication with me and the opposing party. During the trial Joshua had a positive attitude, chess like stratagies, and never backed down. He is not Mr. Ortega, he is JOSH. Someone who cares about his clients, and has the best interest of your child at mind.
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Posted by Tina | July 7, 2014
Honest and Dependable
Mr. Ortega was a great lawyer and really helped my family through our case. He went above and beyond till the end. He showed character and I would highly recomend him.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Ortega Law, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Parker, Pallett, Slezak, & Russell LLC
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Legal Intern
  • Family Law and Probate Division, Sacramento County Superior Court
  • 2010 - 2010


  • Charlotte School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Various Handgun Charges
  • Not guilty.
  • Large Volume Dealer and Possession With Intent to Distribute Narcotics
  • Dismissal.
  • Child Custody for Out-of-State Parent
  • Full custody and support for Mr. Ortega's out-of-state client.
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  • Anne Arundel Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 2018 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Trial Coach
  • 2015 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Business Training for the Cannabis Industry
  • Legal Status of Marijuana in Maryland
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (9)
Endorse Joshua
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Josh for the last 3 years in the Appointed Attorney Program, representing indigent detainees who have been arrested. I have talked with Josh about legal issues involving criminal law and family law many times and can verify that he is well versed and highly competent."
Family Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I cannot think of anyone else but Mr. Ortega to refer a client to because I know for sure that the client will be in good hand. He is not only smart and creative, but also kind and patient. I've known him at a professional and a personal level for years now and he always has shown the best examples and professional standard as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Other
"I highly recommend Josh to anyone seeking top-notch legal representation. Josh is a highly skilled litigator who is comfortable in the courtroom and goes above and beyond for all of his clients. Don't make the mistake of not retaining this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joshua Ortega is a phenomenal criminal litigator. His argument strategy and passionate delivery affords his clients an invaluable resource that exceeds expectations in the legal field. Mr. Ortega is an attorney who cares and I highly recommend and endorse him."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joshua. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josh is a strong and effective advocate. I have seen him litigate and I am blown away by his passion and attention to detail. I would refer my closest friends and family to Josh if they ever needed assistance in protecting and fighting for their rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Friend
"His glass-half-full demeanor and superb attention to detail are two character traits bound to instill confidence in each of his clients. Furthermore, he is a naturally skilled courtroom advocate. I enthusiastically endorse Mr. Ortega."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I was fortunate to work with Mr. Ortega while he was in law school. He is a hard worker, even tempered, and easy to work with. His diligence showed in his own performance as well as helping to inspire those who worked with him to also do better. I gladly endorse Mr. Ortega."
General practice Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of consulting with Mr.Ortega regarding a business-related matter. His knowledge and insight was most helpful and informative, and his willingness to help out a fellow attorney is highly commendable."
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