Carlos F. Ortiz is a member of the Litigation and White Collar Defense teams and his work has a particular emphasis on white collar defense and investigations. He uses his prominent 15-year background as a high-level federal prosecutor to assist clients with matters relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), high-risk tax controversies, offshore tax issues, anti-money laundering, e-commerce fraud, healthcare fraud, as well as allegations of fraud against government agencies and financial institutions. Over his career in private practice he has secured the declination of criminal charges for corporate and individual clients. On several occasions he has prevented the referral of charges for the target of criminal tax investigations.

Carlos is recognized in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations Law. “His white-collar defense practice demonstrates strength in a range of criminal tax proceedings and investigations, for which he has developed a leading reputation. He is described as ‘the dean of the tax defense practice area – he’s the go-to guy.’ ”

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  • Utilizing his familiarity with DOJ, Carlos represented a company in an FCPA matter that resulted in the company entering into a non-prosecution agreement and a significant reduction in the fine. Due to the company’s remedial efforts, DOJ did not require a monitor, instead trusting Carlos to implement the terms of the agreement. He presented annual reports on the company’s progress in monitoring and enhancing its compliance policies and procedures to the leadership of DOJ’s Fraud Section to efficiently close out the terms of the agreement – who commended his team and the company for their work*
  • Representing a South American sports broadcasting and marketing company in the FIFA investigation
  • Represented numerous accounting firms in grand jury and SEC investigations involving both the preparation of tax returns and their audit practice*
  • Represented several high level executives before DOJ and the SEC in FCPA investigations resulting in the declination of charges against the individuals*

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  • Chambers USA, Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations Law, 2017 – 2021
  • Legal 500 US, 2020
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, White-Collar Crime, 2018 – 2020
  • New York Super Lawyers, White-Collar Crime, 2007 – 2008; 2010 – 2020


  • New Jersey Hispanic Bar Association, member, former president (2003-2004) and executive board member (1994-2004)
  • National Hispanic Bar Association, Compliance and Ethics Section, member
  • International Anti-Corruption Committee of the ABA Section of International Law, vice-chair
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, member, former trustee and past president (2004)
  • National Hispanic Prosecutor’s Association, co-founder and former vice president
  • American Bar Association, member


University of Baltimore, LLM, 1989
Brooklyn Law School, JD, 1986
College of William & Mary, BA,1983

US District Court for the District of New Jersey
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US Tax Court

New York
New Jersey


Carlos F. Ortiz

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