Andrés Ortiz is one of California's top immigration lawyers and a foremost authority on the potential adverse immigration consequences of criminal convictions and plea deals (“Padilla Opinions”). Attorneys from across the nation consult Andrés on a regular basis for his expertise in how to resolve criminal cases without triggering deportation and removal.
A graduate of Loyola Law School, Andrés has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work. He was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and was Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy's pro bono attorney of the year for 2016.
Andrés handles cases in immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Immigration Section Executive Committee as well as an ICE Public Advocate Field Liaison.
In addition to Padilla Opinions, matters Andrés handles at Shouse Law Group include:
- Removal proceedings,
- Immigration appeals,
- Immigration bond hearings,
- Family based adjustment of status,
- Cancellation of removal for permanent residents, non-permanent residents and battered spouses,
- Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA),
- Inadmissibility Waivers,
- Post-conviction relief in state and federal court,
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),
- Withholding of removal,
- U.N. Convention Against Torture (CAT),
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) claims,
- U and T Visas, and
- Other federal cases under the All Writs Act.
Experience and Compassion
A former educator with a Masters from Notre Dame, Andrés was inspired to become a lawyer by the experiences of some of his students. He remembers, in particular, one 5th grade boy whose mother had been picked up by ICE while taking the boy to school.
“My student came to school that day because he had no place else to go,” Andrés recalls. “After his mohter was deported, he basically had to step into her shoes. Seeing how his family struggled and the hurdles it put in the way of his getting an education made me want to fight on behalf of immigrants.”
Following graduation, Andrés honed his craft with Internships with the ACLU Immigrant Rights Project, National Immigration Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Immigration Fund.
He is the co-author of the Los Angeles Lawyer November 6, 2014 cover story, “Pleas and Consequences," on the duty of defense attorneys to provide their clients with Padilla Opinions.
In his spare time, he enjoys barbecuing and baking for his family and listening to everything from Ozomatli to South Bay hardcore punk rock.