|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.|
|See all legal cases|
|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|
|Institute of Criminal Defense Advocacy||Trial Techniques||2010|
|Constitution Week||The U S Constitution - A Live Demonstration||2009|
Posted by anonymous
From the moment Attorney Cortez accepted my case (over a weekend) he worked tirelessly, regardless of buisness hours or holiday schedules, first to get my bail, then on the case, analyzing then dealing with each part both efficiently and effectively, always aiming at our agreed upon goal, the outcome I wanted... Mr Cortez was brilliant in all phases of his operation and his carefully chosen staff contributed and complimented his peerless works! He even took time to work with my family, to minimize the trauma and help us through a very difficult time...
Ezekiel Cortez has had a remarkable variety of life and professional experiences as well as an intellect that is capable of understanding even the most abstract nuances of matters financial, international and even chemical, as pertains to Federal Law. Further, he is a remarkably quick study, allowing him to both understand and interface with professionals in EVERY discipline, and thus extract and utilize materials and information that would absolutely be lost on most other attorneys. Even those with "star" reputations.
I have hired and worked with a number of fine attorneys in my 30 years of adult life and NONE compare to Attorney Ezekiel Cortez, in terms of tenacity, responsiveness, knowledge and use of the law to help me (his clients). He truly CARES!
Finally, the most important issue, I got an outcome that EXCEEDED my highest hopes, that is, specifically, I went from an estimated 90 years at the bail hearing to 21 months, without compromising my integrity or giving anything to the prosecution that was damaging to myself or others.
I just cannot say enough good things about Ezekiel Cortez and his fine staff!
Posted by Cindy M
Tireless, efficient, capable and professional are just a few words I would use to discribe what Zeke brings to the legal system. My case was handled with a sincere and respective approach during a difficult time in my life. Zeke's professional staff where very supportive, excellant communications and deligent in their services provided to me. Zeke always made himself available to me, his ability to work and communicate with my other attorneys, made for a succesful outcome to my case. His ethics and professional integrity are always present.
Domenic Lombardo, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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.