POLS Advisory Board

Carlos A. Ortiz, J.D., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Kikue HamayotsuMr. Ortiz joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as an associate in August 2004. Previously he was a summer associate with the firm in 2003. He became a partner in 2010.

During law school, Mr. Ortiz was a law clerk at the firm formerly known as Wickwire Gavin, in Madison, Wisconsin, where he prepared dispositive motions involving negligence, breach of warranty and construction-related claims. In addition, he was a summer associate in the legal department at Edward Kraemer and Sons Construction Company in Plain, Wisconsin, where he prepared summary judgment briefs in defense of ADA, Title VII and wrongful termination claims, as well as managed and developed strategy for defense of workers’ compensation claims. Mr. Ortiz also assisted with employee training and counseling on compliance issues.

In addition to his other law school accomplishments, Mr. Ortiz was selected to join the Moot Court Board. He was a member of the Dean’s List, and was elected president of the Latino Law Students Association. Mr. Ortiz received the G. Young Excellence in Service Award (2003) and the Bruce F. Beilfuss Memorial Service Award (2004). He achieved the highest grades of his class in equal employment law and constitutional law. He was awarded a full tuition merit scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Ortiz was and remains active in the law school’s LEO Program, which promotes diversity in the law, and hosted the LEO annual banquet in 2003.

In 2001, Mr. Ortiz was a summer intern with State Farm Mutual Insurance Co., where he worked as a fire claims representative, investigating, analyzing, negotiating and settling complex property claims. Mr. Ortiz also was a project engineer summer intern with Walsh Construction Company in Chicago from June 1995 to January 2001.

Mr. Ortiz graduated high school with honors from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.  He received his J.D. at University of Wisconsin, 2004, where he was Articles Editor for Wisconsin International Law Journal; and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Northern Illinois University, 2001, in Political Science and Economics.

Mr. Ortiz is a past president (2009 – 2010) of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association and was a member of its board of directors from 2006 to 2010. In 2009, he was selected by the Wisconsin Law Journal as an “Up and Coming Lawyer.” Mr. Ortiz is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Association of Credit and Collection Professionals and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

In 2010 and again in 2011, Mr. Ortiz was included on the Rising Stars list in the area of Business Litigation (2010) and Consumer Litigation (2011) by Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine. This honor is reserved for the top 2.5 percent of the eligible lawyers in the state.

He speaks Spanish fluently.

Mr. Ortiz is an invited member of Northern Illinois University’s Political Science Department Advisory Council. His term began in 2012 and is for three years. He is a member of the Chicago Chapter of ALPFA, where he works with Hispanic students looking to start careers as professionals.

He has contributed to the Mexican Fiesta organization in Milwaukee. He has also worked with community high school mock trial programs throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.  More about Mr. Ortiz.