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Andres James Ortiz

Immigration Attorney at LONG BEACH, CA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found

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About Andres

Learn Andres’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    Removal Defense and Family Immigration

    12 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Post-Conviction Relief

  3. Federal crime
    Cases under the All-Writs Act

Andrés Ortiz is an immigration lawyer in California and a foremost authority on the potential adverse immigration consequences of criminal convictions and plea deals (“Padilla Opinions”). Attorneys from across the nation consult Andrés on a regular basis for his expertise in how to resolve criminal cases without triggering deportation and removal. 

A graduate of Loyola Law School, Andrés has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work. He was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and was Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy's pro bono attorney of the year for 2016.

Andrés handles cases in immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Immigration Section Executive Committee as well as an ICE Public Advocate Field Liaison.

In addition to Padilla Opinions, matters Andrés handles:

  • Removal proceedings,
  • Immigration appeals,
  • Immigration bond hearings,
  • Family based adjustment of status,
  • Cancellation of removal for permanent residents, non-permanent residents and battered spouses,
  • Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA),
  • Inadmissibility Waivers,
  • Post-conviction relief in state and federal court,
  • Asylum,
  • Withholding of removal,
  •  U.N. Convention Against Torture (CAT),
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) claims,
  • U and T Visas, and
  • Other federal cases under the All Writs Act.






Andres James Ortiz
320 Pine Ave.
Suite 608

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Posted by Judith | April 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
If Andres cannot help you with your case, then no one can!
I cannot recommend Andres Ortiz enough! He was able to keep my Father from getting deported despite an extensive and complicated criminal history. A case highly challenging that no other immigration attorney dared to undertake. I consulted and hired the wrong immigration attorneys until my colleague and good friend (also an immigration attorney and previously a USCIS employee) suggested Andres Ortiz. She told me that “If Andres can’t help you, then nobody can”. Andres quickly rose and surpassed all expectations. The case lasted approximately four (4) years and although Andres moved law firms to ultimately opening his own practice, he always maintained us informed and up to date on my Father’s case. We never once felt that Andres was unresponsive or unsure on the progression of the case. Andres ensured we were kept up to date on new applicable case law that could assist our case and ensured we were thoroughly prepared for all court hearings, especially when rendering testimony. Furthermore, Andres was exceptionally prepared at all court hearings, a quality I have personally witnessed often lacking in other Immigration attorneys. Andres was so meticulously prepared at all court hearings to the extent the Immigration Judges would thank him for his exceptional work. Our entire family if forever grateful to Andres for helping us keep our Father with his family. I highly recommend Andres to all family, friends and general public. Bottom line, if Andres cannot help you with your case, then no one can.
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Posted by Juan | June 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The most professional lawyer ever.
I hired Mr. Ortiz to re-open a case from 1989, very complicated case, he worked very diligently and went above and beyond my expectations, I really though I did not have a chance to have the case vacated, for immigration purposes, but Mr. Ortiz did the impossible and won the case for me. I will be forever in debt, thanks to his work and his staff my life completely changed. Do not hesitate one second in hiring Mr. Ortiz, simply put, the best of the best.
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2018
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Thank you Andres!
I can't thank Andres enough for what he has done for me and my husband. When we first met Andres, we were distraught, having started our green card application with an attorney who disappeared on us. But Andres was confident he would be able to see us through this and get my husband approved for a green card. It wasn't always easy because the government made things difficult, unnecessarily difficult and frustarting. But Andres remained calm and assured and encouraged us to keep fighting. We did and with the help of Andres, my husband received his green card. Tomorrow, we leave for Mexico where my husband will spend Christmas with his family for the first time in almost 20 years.
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Posted by Kyung | November 10, 2017
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Excellent Legal Knowledge
Andres Ortiz is the best immigration lawyer. His excellent legal knowledge made me a permanent resident when all other immigration lawyers had been telling me it's impossible. I had one drug-related case and 4 DUI's in different States, so it was hard for me to believe when Andres told me I could get my green card. But actually, I've got my green card today thanks to his help. His thorough analysis and precise legal application made it possible. I would strongly recommend Andres to anyone who needs legal help, especially those who have criminal issues. If Andres couldn't help, no one could help, I bet. Thanks million, Andres.
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Posted by Abel Pacheco | June 28, 2017
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Caso de inmigración
Después de consultar tres diferentes firmas de abogados para que tomaran el caso de mi esposa, me especificaron que no podía legalmente inmigrar a los Estados Unidos. La razón según ellos era porque necesitaba 4 perdones y inmigración solamente aprueban 2 máximo. Afortunadamente el abogado Andrés me dio esperanza que podía haber algo mientras tanto vivía en Tijuana. Finalmente después de cinco años ella migró legalmente a Estados Unidos November 2015.
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2017
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Andres Ortiz is a terrific lawyer . He helped me when no one else could. He found a resolution for me that granted me residency. I had talked to about 7-8 lawyers about my situation and they couldn't help. I was in a toxic and abusive relationship that I never opened up about to anyone. He is so diligent and friendly was able to open up about it. I didn't know the abuse could qualify me for VAWA. His knowledge on the matter was second to none. I would recommend Andres to anyone who needs legal help.
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Posted by Paul | May 16, 2016
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Outstanding, prompt and effective communication
Hello, working with Mr. Ortiz has been nothing short of outstanding! Prompt, effective and honest communication, which I realized is not the norm for many lawyers, is what I received in dealing with a highly stressful and time sensitive immigration matter. Mr. Ortiz delivered on time as promised and my family and I are grateful. I would recommend Mr. Ortiz without any reservations. Mr. Ortiz, on behalf of my family and I, thank you. Paul
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  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD
  • 2011
  • University of Notre Dame
  • M.Ed.
  • 2006
  • St. Mary's University
  • B.A.
  • 2004


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section, Immigration Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • Criminal Law Journal (State Bar of California)
  • Deferred Entry of Judgment and P.C. 1203.43
  • 2016
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Same crime, but different consequences
  • 2015
  • Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
  • Federal Immigration Controlled Substance Considerations in the Age of State Marijuana Laws
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Immigration and Nationality Section
  • Advanced Crimmigration: The Categorical Approach after Mathis
  • 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Waivers Conference
  • 2016
  • Orange County Public Defender's Office
  • The Two-Step Process for Determining the Immigration Consequences to a Crime
  • 2015
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Panel
  • Avoiding IAC by Knowing ICE
  • 2015
  • Lunch With the Experts
  • What a Difference a Day Makes! (Rethinking Aggravated Felonies under Prop 47 & Penal 18.5)
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (6)
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Immigration Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Andres Ortiz to anyone facing immigration or deportation proceedings. Andres Ortiz has a particular expertise in immigration matters with criminal case components. Andres is a recognized expert in the emerging field of "crimmigration," He is well respected by his colleagues and is personable and responsive to all his Clients. I have worked with Andres on several cases and I have found his knowledge and work ethic to be superb."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Andres Ortiz is very knowledgeable and committed to helping his clients. I worked with Andres and am so impressed with the level of excellence and dedication he puts into helping his clients. Hands down one of the best attorneys I've had the privilege to work with."
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LONG BEACH Immigration Lawyer Andres James Ortiz
Andres James Ortiz
Immigration Attorney
Licensed for 12 years