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Jessica Ortiz

Jessica Ortiz is a highly accomplished lawyer who draws on her extensive experience as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she served for over eight years, ending her tenure as Chief of the Narcotics Unit.

Ms. Ortiz represents companies and individuals in high-stakes civil litigation and white collar criminal and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state regulators. She is also called upon to conduct corporate internal investigations in the U.S. and abroad and to advise clients on crisis and risk management.

At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Ortiz supervised investigations and prosecutions of domestic and international money laundering, narcotics conspiracies and distribution, health care fraud and misconduct by physicians and medical practitioners involving prescription drugs and violent crimes. Prior to her supervisory appointment, Ms. Ortiz investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes including bank, mail, and wire fraud, computer crimes and misuse, corporate theft, public corruption, racketeering and organized crime, as well as murder, assault, narcotics trafficking, stalking, threats, robbery, and kidnapping.

In her courtroom work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Ortiz led 15 jury trials to conviction as lead counsel, including a 3-month RICO enterprise trial stemming from a 76-defendant prosecution. In addition to her successful trial work, Ms. Ortiz has extensive appellate experience, having briefed eight and argued three appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ms. Ortiz previously practiced securities litigation at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP. Prior to law school, Ms. Ortiz was a Senior Technology Security Associate for the Global Risk Management Service of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Representative Matters

  • Represent a global pharmaceutical company in a fraud suit over a $2.3 billion corporate acquisition in Mexico (Representaciones e Investigaciones Médicas, S.A. de C.V. v. Espinosa, No. 655112/2016 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. filed Sept. 27, 2016))
  • Represent senior executive of renewable energy company in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations and securities litigation
  • Enforcement of a CIESP arbitral award against a Brazilian securities broker for an investment agent (TBC Consultoria Em Investimentos Financeiros, LTDA v. Gradual Corretora De Cambio, Titulos E Valores Mobiliarios S.A., et al., No. 17 Civ. 3145 (S.D.N.Y. filed April 28, 2017))
  • Represent individuals in connection with investigations involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and False Claims Act
  • Serve as adjudicator in hearings for college to resolve responsibility in claims of Title IX sexual harassment and misconduct
  • Represent an attorney in connection with investigation by Department of Justice and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation related to property acquisition by a financial institution and bank executive
  • Counsel for NAACP New York State Conference as amicus curiae in support of Tax Equity Now NY LLC challenging the New York City property tax system on the basis that it unfairly burdens low income and minority neighborhoods in violation of the Fair Housing Act

Presentations

  • Global Regulatory Outlook Panel, Benchmark Litigation Women in Litigation New York Forum, New York, New York, Sept. 17, 2019
  • Crisis Management And Prevention: What In-House Counsel Need To Know, Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey 9th Annual Corporate Counsel Conference, Newark, New Jersey, Nov. 28, 2018
  • Handling Government Investigations and Regulators, Benchmark Litigation Women in Litigation Forum, New York, New York, Sept. 13, 2018
  • Protecting Attorney Client Privilege: Investigations and Beyond, Hispanic National Bar Association 2018 Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 7, 2018
  • Managing Outside Counsel Spend: Strategies for In-House Counsel, Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey 8th Annual Corporate Counsel Round Table, Newark, New Jersey, Jan. 23, 2018
  • Government Investigations and Compliance, Benchmark Litigation Women in Litigation Forum, New York, New York, Sept. 19, 2017
  • How and When to Break the Rules: Effective Cross-Examinations, Hispanic National Bar Association 2017 Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, Sept. 8, 2017
  • Preparing for the Globalization of Corporate Internal Investigations, ABA Second Global White Collar Crime Institute, São Paulo, Brazil, June 8, 2017
  • Navigating Internal Investigations and Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls, Hispanic National Bar Association 2017 Corporate Counsel Conference, Miami, Florida, Mar. 31, 2017
  • Direct & Cross Examination, Metropolitan Black Bar Association 2017 Hon. Theodore T. Jones Trial Workshop, New York, New York, Feb. 4, 2017
  • Hack the iPhone!: Balancing the Interests of Privacy and Law Enforcement, Hispanic National Bar Association 2016 Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 9, 2016

News & Appearances

  • A Guide to Identifying and Working with Quality Local Counsel, The Anti-Corruption Report (April 4, 2018)
  • Recent SEC and DOJ Settlements With Och-Ziff and Two Executives Underscore FCPA Compliance Risks to Private Fund Managers, Hedge Fund Law Report (Oct. 27, 2016)
  • Dirty Dealings in Africa Result in SEC and DOJ Settlements for Och-Ziff and Two Executives, FCPA Report (Oct. 26, 2016)
  • Former Federal Prosecutor Jessica Ortiz’s Career Advice For Up-And-Coming Attorneys, Above the Law (Oct. 7, 2016)
  • More Prominent Prosecutors Leaving for Private Practice, Above the Law (Sept. 26, 2016)
  • Ex-SDNY Prosecutor Joins Litigation Boutique MoloLamken, Law360 (Sept. 23, 2016)
  • SDNY Narcotics Unit Chief Leaves to Join Boutique, New York Law Journal (Sept. 22, 2016)
  • MoloLamken Adds Veteran Federal Prosecutor Jessica Ortiz, Lawdragon (Sept. 22, 2016)

Clerkships

  • Law clerk to the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Honors & Awards

Woman of Achievement Award, Tri-County Scholarship Association, 2019

40 & Under Hot List, Benchmark Litigation, 2018

Rising Star, New York Law Journal, 2018

New York Metro Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2017-2018

Salute to Policymakers Honoree, Executive Women of New Jersey, 2018

Top Lawyers Under 40 Award, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2016

True American Hero Award, Top Federal Drug Agents Foundation, 2016

Alumni Trailblazer Award, University at Buffalo Law School, 2014

Pro Bono Service Award, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, 2006

Dale S. Margulis Award, University at Buffalo Law School, 2005

Education

University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

Head Note & Comment Editor, Buffalo Law Review

Syracuse University, B.S., magna cum laude, law and public policy & management information systems

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits

Professional Affiliations

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2019 Fellow

Federal Bar Council, Federal Criminal Practice Committee

New York State, Joint Commission on Public Ethics, Independent Hearing Officer, 2018 - Present

Law 360 White Collar Crime Editorial Board, 2018-Present

Women's White Collar Defense Association Member, Awards Committee, 2017-Present

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Board of Trustees, 2018-Present

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