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William D. Ortiz

Associate

William "Will" Ortiz focuses his practice on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on catastrophic injury, products liability, premises liability, and mass torts. Prior to joining the firm, Will served as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles J. Bethel of the Supreme Court of Georgia. This experience gave Will an invaluable perspective into the inner workings of Georgia's highest court, including in-depth applications of complicated Georgia appellate procedure and how to best frame trial records for appellate review. Will also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights litigation department and previously operated communications for a U.S. Senator. 

Will earned both his undergraduate and Juris Doctor from University of Georgia, making him a proud double Dawg. In his spare time, Will enjoys traveling and has traveled to over 70 countries, having studied in 18 of them. He also coaches high school mock trial and is a devoted husband and dog dad. 

Education

University of Georgia, B.A., 2016
All-American Mock Trial Award
Senior Representative, Students for Latino Empowerment
A-Team, Undergraduate Mock Trial Association

University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 2020
President, Hispanic Law Student Association
Executive Board, Moot Court Board
Appellate Litigation Clinic
Finalist, Richard B. Russell Moot Court Competition
National Finalist, Mockingbird National Mock Trial Tournament

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia

Awards & Recognitions

National Order of Barristers

Kellie R. Casey Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy

Professional & Community Activities

Georgia Hispanic Bar Association

Georgia Latino Legal Fund

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

Joseph H. Lumpkin Inn of Court

News & Publications

Brannon Arnold & William Ortiz, Proceed With Caution: How E-Scooter Companies Can Protect Riders and Themselves, Fulton Daily Report (2019).