Windy R. Ortega
Ms. Ortega represents clients facing criminal and serious traffic charges, as well as clients who have suffered personal injuries due to an auto accident in the greater Baltimore area. She prides herself in being a fierce litigator and fighting for the best outcome for her clients. Ms. Ortega prepares for each case as if it is going to trial, aggressively preparing from the onset. Sometimes all the preparation gets the case dismissed, and if not, she is no stranger to the courtroom.
Ms. Ortega is in the Maryland District Courts as often as she is in the Circuit Courts for Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Howard counties. Whether her client is charged with felonies or misdemeanors, Ms. Ortega takes the same passionate and detail-oriented approach to helping her clients get the best possible outcome in their case. Her clients often refer to her as respectful, compassionate, attentive, and creative in her practice.
Ms. Ortega handles a wide range of criminal cases from assaults to drug possession and handgun cases. She also defends clients who have been charged with serious traffic offenses, such as DWI/DUI and driving while suspended.
Ms. Ortega enjoys giving back to the community by representing indigent juveniles and adults referred to her by the Office of the Public Defender when it has a conflict. Ms. Ortega also assists as a coach for the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s national mock trial team. Ms. Ortega enjoys helping these future lawyers learn how to effectively strategize and litigate criminal and civil cases.
In 2016, Ms. Ortega’s peers selected her as a Rising Star for demonstrating excellence in the practice of law. This is an annual honor that is limited to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys throughout Maryland. Ms. Ortega also received this award in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
Prior to forming Ortega Law, LLC with her husband, Joshua Ortega, Ms. Ortega worked under highly experienced Maryland criminal defense attorneys, who helped her develop essential skills in representing all types of defendants in criminal matters at both the state and federal level. Ms. Ortega also interned for the Honorable Marcus Z. Shar in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
Ms. Ortega was honored to be placed in the Spotlight by “Barred & Beautiful” for December 2022 seen here: https://www.barredandbeautiful.com/nominees/windyortega
- Criminal Defense
- Juvenile Defense
- Personal Injury
- Honorable Marcus Z. Shar in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Internship
- Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Juris Doctorate
- SCOTUS Balks—Ethics Talks: Using Ethics Rules to Close the Rumery Release-Dismissal Loophole, Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook (West 2013).
Professional Associations and Memberships
- SCOTUS Balks—Ethics Talks: Using Ethics Rules to Close the Rumery Release-Dismissal Loophole, CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION AND ATTORNEY FEES ANNUAL HANDBOOK (West 2013)
- Anne Arundel County Bar Association
- Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association
- Maryland State Bar Association