Former Federal Prosecutor and Veteran Litigator, Carlos Ortiz, Joins Blank Rome as Partner
May 8, 2014
Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Carlos Ortiz has joined the Firm as a partner in the White Collar Defense and Investigations group. As a former federal prosecutor, Mr. Ortiz has extensive experience advising and counseling companies and individuals through complex matters. He served for five years at the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Tax Division and ten years at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. Mr. Ortiz is based in the Firm’s New York and Princeton, NJ offices.
“We are pleased to welcome Carlos to Blank Rome,” said Alan J. Hoffman, Chairman and Managing Partner. “He is an esteemed practitioner who has tried numerous jury trials in federal court. Carlos’ unrivaled record and impressive experience will further strengthen our White Collar Defense and Investigations group.”
Mr. Ortiz joins Blank Rome from Edwards Wildman, where he served as a partner in the white collar and litigation practices. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Ortiz served as the Deputy and Acting Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. In that role, he supervised eight criminal litigation units, overseeing the work of approximately 80 assistant U.S. attorneys. He also served as the Chief of the Government Fraud Unit. During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Ortiz was responsible for leading a global financial investigation resulting in one of the most important DOJ successes—the breakup of a massive international network of Internet-based commercial money laundering and child pornography rings. Recognized for his role in leading this groundbreaking investigation, Mr. Ortiz was honored at the White House by President Bush in May 2005, and received an award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at a congressional breakfast.
Mr. Ortiz’s background as a federal prosecutor and experienced litigator gives him a keen appreciation of the issues facing organizations and individuals when confronted with matters relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); allegations of fraud against government agencies and financial institutions; securities and health care fraud; and high-risk tax controversies. He also has an acute understanding of the complexities and nuances involved when businesses need to conduct internal investigations, address issues of corporate governance, or face civil regulatory and criminal exposure.
In private practice, Mr. Ortiz has conducted numerous domestic and international internal investigations on behalf of companies across a variety of industries. He has extensive experience representing corporations and individuals in connection with matters before enforcement and regulatory agencies including the U.S. DOJ, the SEC, and various State Attorney General's Offices.
“I was drawn to Blank Rome for the depth and strength of its white collar practice,” said Mr. Ortiz. “With so many opportunities to collaborate across disciplines, clients will reap the benefits of a veteran legal team experienced in resolving matters with the government. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to work with such a notable and respected team.”
Admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, Mr. Ortiz earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, his LL.M., Taxation, from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and his B.A. from the College of William & Mary.