Randolph J. Ortega
Randolph J. Ortega has extensive experience in Federal and State courts in Texas and New Mexico. Focusing his practice on personal injury and criminal law, he fights for his clients’ rights to the fullest extent of his considerable abilities. He is committed to providing each client with the vigorous and aggressive legal representation they need without regard to the complexity of their case or the severity of charges they may be facing.
Mr. Ortega’s clients have enjoyed not guilty verdicts in Federal Court in the area of narcotics trafficking, corporate crime, and insurance fraud. In the State of Texas, Mr. Ortega’s clients have enjoyed not guilty verdicts in cases ranging from driving while intoxicated to aggravated assault. In the State of New Mexico, Mr. Ortega’s clients have enjoyed not guilty verdicts in a variety of felony cases to include sexual assault.
Mr. Ortega has also represented a wide range of clients in Federal Appellate Courts including cases involving drugs, internet crime, money laundering, and insurance fraud. He has also successfully defended a fellow attorney before the Board of Disciplinary Appeals in a compulsory disbarment proceeding. Mr. Ortega successfully achieved an en banc favorable ruling from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in a civil law case where he represented a Border Patrol Agent charged with civil liberty violations.
In 2012, Mr. Ortega was appointed as a special prosecutor in the prosecution of 3 organized crime members indicted for hate crimes. This resulted in prison sentences for the crimes they were convicted of.
Mr. Ortega was designated a Super Lawyer in 2014 and again in 2015. Mr. Ortega also received the CJA Panel Attorney of the Year for 2014 and 2015, and is a Barrister Member of The George A. McAlmon Inn of Court 2015, among his many presentations, lectures, publications, and designations.
Certified Legal Specialties
- Qualified Mediator
- Manual on Prosecution of Barratry, for use in the State of Texas (1994)
- Designate of United States District Court Judge, David Briones, to the Western District of the Texas Criminal Justice Act Advisory committee, Panelist (2008 to present)
- El Paso Federal Bar Association, Bench and Bar Relations Co-Chair (2014 to present)
Lectures & Presentations
- Speaker, El Paso Federal Bar Association CLE seminar, Practical and Ethical Considerations Inherent in Complex Cases (3/25/14)
- Speaker, El Paso Federal Bar Association CLE seminar, Defending Gideon (8/20/14)
- Speaker, El Paso Association of Legal Professionals seminar (01/14/2015)
- Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas (J.D. – 1995)
- University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas (B.A. – 1991), Major: Political Science
- Canutillo High School (1985)
Designations, Selections & Awards
- Selected as a Super Lawyer in the area of Criminal Law (2014 and 2015)
- Outstanding Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney (2014-2015)
- Barrister Member of The George A. McAlmon Inn of Court (2015)
Professional Associations & Memberships
- El Paso Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Prior Vice President
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Texas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors
- Texas, 1995
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Supreme Court of Texas