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Windy Ortega

Criminal defense Attorney at Pasadena, MD

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Windy Rhea Ortega

  • Licensed for 10 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Windy

Learn Windy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Represent adult and juvenile clients who have been accused of felonies, misdemeanors, and serious traffic, including assault in the first and second degrees, sexual assault, drug and handgun possession charges, theft, robbery, arson, murder, DWI/DUI, and driving while suspended. Also represent clients at protective and peace order hearings in the District and Circuit Courts.

  2. Juvenile law

Windy Ortega graduated cum laude from Charlotte School of Law with a Juris Doctorate and is a member of the Maryland Bar. While attending law school, Ms. Ortega participated in the school’s Civil Rights Clinic where she fought against police misconduct. Ms. Ortega led a nation-wide project banning the use of prosecutorial releases which, in effect, took away a criminal defendant’s right to sue for any civil wrongs committed upon him or her by police and others.  In her practice, Ms. Ortega continues to protect the rights of her clients and remains active in the fight against prosecutorial and police misconduct. 

Currently, Ms. Ortega is representing criminal, family, and personal injury clients in the greater Baltimore area.  She prides herself in being a fierce litigator, and fighting for the best outcome for her clients.  Ms. Ortega prepares for each case as if it is going to trial, aggressively preparing from the onset.  Sometimes all the preparation gets the case dismissed, and if not, she is no stranger to the courtroom. 

Ms. Ortega is in the Maryland District Courts as often as she is in the Circuit Courts for Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, and Howard Counties. Whether her client is charged with felonies or misdemeanors, Ms. Ortega takes the same passionate and detail oriented approach to helping her clients get the best possible outcome in their case. Her clients often refer to her as respectful, compassionate, attentive, and creative in her practice.

Ms. Ortega handles a wide range of criminal cases from assaults and sex offenses to drug possession and handgun cases.  She also defends clients who have been charged with serious traffic offenses, such as DWI/DUI and driving while suspended. 

Ms. Ortega enjoys giving back to the community by representing indigent juveniles and adults referred to her by the Office of the Public Defender when it has a conflict. Ms. Ortega also assists as a coach for the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s national mock trial team. Ms. Ortega enjoys helping these future lawyers learn how to effectively strategize and litigate criminal and civil cases.

In 2016, Ms. Ortega’s peers selected her as a Rising Star for demonstrating excellence in the practice of law. This is an annual honor that is limited to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys throughout Maryland. 

Prior to forming Ortega Law, LLC with her husband, Joshua Ortega, Ms. Ortega worked under highly experienced Maryland criminal defense attorneys, who helped her develop essential skills in representing all types of defendants in criminal matters at both the state and federal level. Ms. Ortega also interned for the Honorable Marcus Z. Shar in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. 



Ortega Law, LLC
8023 Ritchie Hwy, Ste. A
Pasadena, MD, 21122

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Posted by Matthew | January 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Kind, Helpful
Windy and Josh Ortega went above and beyond as my advocates when I found myself in a tough situation in the fall of 2013. They advised me of my options, counseled me, and helped me understand exactly what the best course of action would be. Once in court they helped me achieve an extremely favorable outcome. I am happy to recommend Windy and Josh in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable and accessible! Very highly recommended!!
Windy helped me get through the proceedings to dismiss criminal charges that fell within one of the grey areas of the law in Baltimore City. Her rates are very reasonable for the amount of work that she does for you. Accessibility, especially when dealing with such stressors, is HUGE. She's very personable.
Posted by Sheila | May 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Ms. Ortega is very professional and has made this process easier that it has been previously. I am extremely fortunate to have found her when I did. My case is very difficult, in and out of court, and thankfully working with Ms. Ortega, matters have improved drastically.
Posted by Tyrone Reed | May 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Honest... Caring... Knowledgeable...
Windy was always there for me whenever I need anything or whenever I had any concerns. She went to bat for me and got my case null processed... She went above and beyond for me and I would recommend her to anyone.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Ortega Law, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell
  • 2013 - Present
  • Judicial Intern
  • The Honorable Marcus Z. Shar
  • 2012 - 2012


  • Charlotte School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI, Possession of CDS, and Handgun Allegations
  • Not Guilty
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute and Handgun Charges
  • Not guilty.
  • Large Volume Dealer and Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics
  • Dismissal
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  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Trial Coach
  • 2015 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016


  • SCOTUS Balks—Ethics Talks: Using Ethics Rules to Close the Rumery Release-Dismissal Loopohole
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Ethics CLE
  • Release-Dismissal Agreements
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (10)
Endorse Windy
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Windy is an aggressive defender of her clients' rights. I fact, I have learned some practice pointers from her. If you hire Windy, you are preparing yourself for a high-quality defense. Having dealt with prosecutors for years, take it from me: you need someone with Windy's passion."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Windy Ortega is one of the best. She is extremely talented at identifying the issues in a criminal case, as well as utilizing the evidence she has to further her client's defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Windy is a zealous advocate for her clients. She always has their best interests at heart and ensures that they understand the process, and that their needs are met. If you hire Windy, you will have a top notch litigator fighting for your rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Windy is the consummate professional. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and an exceptional litigator. I was always impressed with her presence in the courtroom and had the benefit of learning a great deal from her in law school. I highly recommend her to anyone in need of a trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Windy is a fantastic legal advocate and more importantly a fantastic person. You will find no one better suited to helping you through your legal matters than she is. She's a top notch litigator and you should count on her when a lawyer is needed."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Windy is a hard working and dedicated attorney. She puts a lot of time into evaluating and preparing her cases on behalf of her clients, and is very approachable whether you are a fellow lawyer, client, or person in need of representation."
Litigation Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Ortega is an excellent legal researcher and writer. I worked and studied alongside her and was always impressed with her. She is an excellent oral advocate and the type of practitioner that you want advocating for you, She is a hard worker and is extremely knowledgable and professional. She is devoted to the practice of law and practices same in excellence."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Other
"Windy is an excellent advocate for her clients and has exceptional litigation skills. I would recommend Windy to anyone who is in need of a trial attorney."
General practice Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Windy is a devoted and passionate attorney who will go above and beyond to provide the best possible representation. anyone represented by her is in good hand."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Ortega is knowledgeable and competent in her areas of practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Ortega for her no-nonsense, yet client centered, approach to the practice of law. She understands the stress her clients face when navigating the court system and personally ensures that her client's needs are met. I highly recommend Ms. Ortega."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Ortega is a fierce defender who goes above and beyond expectations and makes sure every aspect of a case is covered. She gives her clients the time and attention they need and makes them feel comfortable in the face of their legal issues. I highly recommend Ms. Ortega."
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Pasadena Criminal defense Lawyer Windy Ortega
Windy Ortega
Criminal defense Attorney
Pasadena, MD
Licensed for 10 years
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