Phil David Ortega
Mr. Ortega’s areas of practice are a reflection of his family’s immigrant roots, desire for great education institutions, and love of music. His list of clients includes businesses, school districts, immigrants, and music artists.
Mr. Ortega’s maternal grandfather was from the Philippines. He came to the United States to work in the service industry. With him he brought the immigrant drive to work hard and live the American dream, no matter the obstacles.
As a result, Mr. Ortega understands the difficulty and bliss of the immigrant experience. He enjoys assisting businesses and individuals to achieve their goals as employers of, and as, immigrants. In his practice, he advises and represents in matters before the United State Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security. He has assisted businesses sponsoring foreign national professionals for employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas (“green cards”). He has also assisted individuals applying for adjustment of status and employers sponsoring nonimmigrant visas in the E, H, J, L, and P visa categories. He has advised employers in connection with I-9 compliance and E-Verify.
Mr. Ortega understands school systems from various perspectives. Prior to completing his legal education, Mr. Ortega was a teacher. He taught 7th and 8th grade language arts and structured English Immersion classes. He possesses a Master’s in Educational Leadership that he earned at a time when his goal was to work in administration. His path changed when he began to understand the law’s impact on schools. Now, he represents school districts with their various legal needs.
Mr. Ortega also represents music artists. His love of music began at a young age because his parents fed him a steady diet of rap, classic rock, and Motown. In college, he worked in record stores and later owned and operated a blog and podcast about the Arizona music scene. His goal is to help artists navigate the complex legal components of the music business, so they can focus on making art.
Mr. Ortega began his legal career working at the Arizona Court of Appeals as a law clerk for the Honorable John C. Gemmill. While in law school, he prosecuted six bench trials and a DUI jury trial for the City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office.
- Music Law
- Education Law
- Immigration Law
- J. D., Arizona Summit Law School (formerly Phoenix School of Law), 2013
- M. A., Ed., Northern Arizona University, 2010
- B. A., Arizona State University, 2006
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
- State Bar of Arizona
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, Board of Directors (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
- Arizona Asian American Bar Association