Phil David Ortega

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Phil David Ortega

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Phil David Ortega is an Immigration and Education law attorney at Udall Shumway, where he has practiced since 2015.

Mr. Ortega represents and advises school districts, businesses, and individuals on employment-based immigration matters. Mr. Ortega 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”). In his practice, he has assisted 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 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.

Prior to completing his legal education, Mr. Ortega was a teacher at a Phoenix junior high school. He taught 7th and 8th grade language arts and structured English Immersion classes. Mr. Ortega was also an athletic director and coach during his teaching career. Mr. Ortega has written an article, H.B. 2563 The Bible in Arizona Schools – A Constitutional Analysis, which was published in Volume 6, Phoenix Law Review, 805 (2013).

Practice Areas

  • Appellate 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

  • Arizona

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