the Practice

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BANKRUPTCY, RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY

 The Firm represents individuals and business debtors and creditors in restructurings, workouts, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings. The Firm handles matters ranging from complex business reorganizations to personal bankruptcy filings. The Firm advises a wide array of clients, including individual debtors and creditors, small and mid-size businesses, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, restaurants, commercial and residential real estate investors, SPEs, escrow companies, banks and non-institutional lenders, non-profits, attorneys and accountants, in connection with bankruptcy issues and proceedings. The Firm also represents and counsels foreign and domestic businesses in connection with cross-border restructuring and insolvency. 

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SMALL BUSINESS BANKRUPTCY AND REORGANIZATION

The Firm specializes in counseling and shepherding small to mid-size businesses through restructurings, reorganizations, liquidations, insolvency and bankruptcy. The Firm represents small to mid-size businesses in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings, as well as in connection with non-bankruptcy alternatives, such Assignments for the Benefits of Creditors (ABC's).  

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CREDITORS' RIGHTS AND REPRESENTATION

  The Firm represents and advises institutional and non-institutional lenders and businesses in securing and perfecting rights in collateral, negotiating resolutions of inter-creditor disputes, and recovery on loans, leases, or other obligations. The Firm also represents secured creditors, unsecured creditors, landlords, trade creditors, and other clients seeking to maximize recovery from a bankruptcy estate in either Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 proceedings. Additionally, the Firm manages debtor-creditor issues involving unsecured creditor committee representation, adversary proceeding representation and Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors (ABC's). 

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LANDLORD AND TENANT REPRESENTATION

The Firm represents landlords and tenants in connection with residential and commercial leases, including residential landlord/tenant disputes, commercial and retail landlord/tenant disputes, commercial and retail evictions and unlawful detainers. The Firm also represents and advises commercial and residential landlords in connection with tenant reorganization and bankruptcy proceedings.  

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REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION AND LITIGATION

The Firm advises and counsels clients in connection with real estate transactions involving residential and commercial properties. The Firm's clients range from the individual investor to the commercial developer. The Firm also has decades of experience in representing clients in connection with real estate and title disputes and litigation in matters involving breach of contract, specific performance, quiet title, adverse possession, boundary and easement disputes, trespass, entitlement disputes, escrow disputes and liability, and eminent domain actions. 

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BUSINESS TRANSACTION AND LITIGATION

The Firm represents and advises clients in business and commercial matters and transactions, corporate and partnership formation, operating and service agreements, cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures, trademark, copyright infringement, patent and contractual disputes.

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PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY

The Firm advises and defends professionals, including real estate brokers, escrow agents, attorneys and accountants in professional liability and discipline matters. 

GENERAL COUNSEL PRACTICE

 The Firm's General Counsel Practice is an innovative approach to corporate law practice providing comprehensive legal and corporate counsel services to startups, small businesses and mid-sized companies allowing access to all of the benefits of an in-house counsel, without the costs and overhead. 


The Firm provides a complete range of cost-effective and business-centric legal services and counsel to ownership and management teams on general corporate matters, including:


  • Corporate formation
  • Drafting, reviewing and revising, and negotiating general commercial and corporate contracts and transactions 
  • Contract management creating an effective and efficient business relationship with the client's suppliers, customers, and contractors for a wide range of contracts 
  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • Software and technology agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements 
  • Intellectual property (trademark, copyright, trade secrets and patent) protection and enforcement
  • Drafting Terms of Use and Privacy Policies
  • Debt management and collection 
  • Asset protection
  • Employment matters 
  • Litigation management 
  • Leases and licensing
  • Corporate governance and compliance 
  • Risk and liability management



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ATTORNEY BIOGRAPHY

Tomas A. Ortiz is the founder of The Ortiz Law Firm. Mr. Ortiz represents and advises a wide array of clients in business and real estate matters, bankruptcy proceedings, contractual disputes and litigation. 


Mr. Ortiz has over 21 years of experience as a trial lawyer representing clients in real estate and commercial litigation, title disputes, bankruptcy proceedings, landlord-tenant disputes, professional malpractice/liability matters, and insurance defense, including coverage and bad faith. 


Mr. Ortiz also has significant transactional experience, representing and advising clients in connection with real estate transactions (residential and commercial), residential and commercial leases, corporate and partnership agreements, corporate operating and service agreements, corporate dissolutions, loan workouts, restructuring and reorganization. 


Prior to starting The Ortiz Law Firm, Mr. Ortiz was a partner at Garrett & Tully, P.C. for 15 years, where he founded and managed the firm’s bankruptcy group. Mr. Ortiz was also a member of the firm's real estate and title group representing title insurers and their insured in a wide variety of real estate matters, as well as a member of the firm's professional liability group advising and representing accountants and real estate agents. 


Mr. Ortiz frequently lectures and writes on bankruptcy and real estate related topics. 


EDUCATION


University of Southern California, Gould School of Law 

Juris Doctorate 1995 


University of California, Irvine 

Bachelor of Science, Biology 1991 

Bachelor of Science, Psychology 1991


Contact

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THE ORTIZ LAW FIRM, a Professional Corporation

117 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 600 Pasadena, California 91105, United States

Tele: (626) 219-1743 Fax: (626) 219-1601