Phil David Ortega

Partner Phone: 480.461.5330 Print Biography VCard

Mr. Ortega began his legal career working at the Arizona Court of Appeals as a law clerk for the Honorable John C. Gemmill.

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 with immigration related matters. 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 non-immigrant and immigrant visas (“green cards”). He has also assisted individuals applying for adjustment of status and employers sponsoring non-immigrant 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.

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. His goal is to help artists navigate the complex legal components of the music industry, so they can focus on making art. He handles a wide range of legal matters such as business, contract, and intellectual property matters.


Practice Areas

  • Music Law
  • Education Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Sports and Entertainment


  • 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

  • Arizona

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
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