Ezekiel E. Cortez is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization after passing the federal specialist examination.
For over a decade, 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 2005-2009 as one of only a handful of elite criminal defense lawyers 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 was also listed in Super Lawyers for the 2009, 2008 and 2007 edition of California: San Diego, Criminal Defense: White Collar category as one of the "Seriously Outstanding Top 5%" in his field.
As an ambassador for his profession, Mr. Cortez was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in October 2003 by the State Department to teach trial techniques to defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges at the University of Concepción, in Chile. Mr. Cortez has taught Criminal Justice Administration at San Diego State University and at MGU (Moscow University) in Moscow, Russia and has also taught trial techniques at the University of San Diego School of Law and at California Western School of Law and has taught advanced trial techniques for CACJ, NACDL and various trial institutes.
Languages spoken: Spanish, French
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Domenic Lombardo, Criminal defense Attorney
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Ezekiel “Zeke” Cortez is widely regarded as one of the most capable and intelligent criminal defense lawyers in Southern California. He has a towering reputation in the Federal Courts. He has a deep understanding of the personalities of all of the Federal players, including the bench, so he is able to gain traction using nuanced and creative arguments where others have failed. He has been an indispensable resource to me and other criminal defense practitioners. I have sought his advice in several complex matters involving, for example, extradition from foreign counties, the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act, and complicated Federal Sentencing Guideline calculations. I endorse this lawyer.
Victor Torres, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Mr. Cortez is one of the most knowledgeable, professional and experienced criminal defense attorneys in the country. His understanding of his client's legal issues is balanced by a highly nuanced approach to the human being he is representing. I wholeheartedly endorse him.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers||2015|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|San Diego Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Best Law Firms/Best Lawyers||U S News & World Report||2015|
|San Diego Top Attorneys||San Diego Daily Transcript||2014|
|Fulbright Scholarship||California State Department||2004|
|Instructor||Moscow University||2005 - 2006|
|Adjunct Professor||San Diego State University||2004 - 2005|
|Senior Trial Attorney||Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc||1983 - 1987|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Lawyers Club of San Diego||Member||1997 - Present|
|Criminal Defense Lawyers Club of San Diego||Member||1988 - Present|
|San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association||Member||1988 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Member||1984 - Present|
|Sentencing Guidelines Committee||Member||1990 - 1991|
|U S v. Bagdasarian, 652 F.3d 1113 (9th Cir. 2011)||Client's victory.|
|U.S. v. Castro-Carbajal, 439 F.3d 1149 (9th Cir. 2006)||Conviction reversed on appeal.|
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|Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties||Various Articles||2009|
|Federal Defenders of San Diego,||Federal Defense Manual,"||1985|
|University of San Diego School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|California State University, San Diego||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|