BakerHostetler Adds White Collar Partner in New York

BakerHostetler continues expansion of national litigation group with addition of former federal prosecutor Carlos Ortiz

Press Releases / February 16, 2022

NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2022 — BakerHostetler announced the addition of Carlos Ortiz as a partner in its New York office. Ortiz becomes a member of the firm’s nationwide Litigation Practice Group and White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation team. His arrival immediately follows the addition of highly credentialed trial lawyers Brian McEvoy and Brian Rafferty who joined the group last month.

“BakerHostetler’s White Collar team is one of the best in the nation, and I’m thrilled to bring my experience to the firm,” said Ortiz. “I look forward to working alongside talented attorneys, at an organization with not only a stellar reputation but a first-class culture.”

In addition to an active practice, Ortiz has served as chair of an AmLaw 100 firm’s white-collar defense team. Before his time there, he spent over a decade at the Department of Justice Tax Division and at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey serving as deputy and acting chief of the Criminal Division. Ortiz is one of more than 50 BakerHostetler attorneys who came to the firm from high-ranking government positions.

Ortiz brings to BakerHostetler a strong trial practice as well as extensive experience representing corporations and individuals before enforcement and regulatory agencies in connection with matters relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, allegations of fraud against government agencies and financial institutions, securities and health care fraud, and high-risk tax controversies. He has advised corporations, their boards of directors and their committees in connection with corporate governance and compliance matters.

“We’re excited to have Carlos join our growing 400-lawyer Litigation Practice Group. He brings a wealth of knowledge in criminal tax law and virtual currency that complements our white-collar capabilities and supports the continued growth of that practice,” said Ray Whitman, chair of BakerHostetler’s national Litigation Practice Group.

“Carlos will be a tremendous asset to our white-collar and tax controversy practices. His years of experience as an Army JAG officer, as a DOJ Tax Division prosecutor in Washington and as an AUSA, coupled with more than a decade as a leading complex criminal defense attorney, makes him the perfect addition to our deep white-collar bench of former prosecutors and expands our footprint in sophisticated criminal tax matters,” said George Stamboulidis, managing partner of BakerHostetler’s New York office and co-leader of the firm’s White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation team.

Ortiz earned his LL.M. from University of Baltimore Law School, his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from William & Mary.

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