Carlos R. Cortez

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  • Managing Partner

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Dallas, TX

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214-919-4209

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Carlos R. Cortez, former judge of the 44th Texas State Civil District Court, practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and personal injury. He is admitted to practice in the State of Texas and U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas. He attended the University of North Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Mr. Cortez obtained his J.D. from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Mr. Cortez was an award winning judge for the State of Texas from 2007-2014 and served on a Presidential Inaugural Committee, presided over the largest corporate buyout lawsuit in the history of American jurisprudence and was presented the Medal of Friendship by the President of Mongolia at the United Nations for his judicial service.

Before taking the bench, Mr. Cortez was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice for his pro bono work for the victims of the 9/11 tragedy and by the Dallas Bar Association for his pro bono work for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. As an attorney, Mr. Cortez has received many recognitions including having been selected to "D Magazine's" list of Best Lawyers Under 40, Rising Star - Thompson Reuters "Super Lawyers" (2005), and "The National Law Journal's" Top Verdicts of the Year.

His profession affiliations include the State Bar of Texas; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. He has been recognized by numerous prestigious publications, including:

Top 100 Verdicts - The National Law Journal, 2003
Best Lawyers Under 40 - D Magazine, 2004
Rising Star - Thompson Reuters "Super Lawyers", 2005
Top 20 Jury Verdicts, Truck Accidents, 2019
Top 50 Jury Verdicts, Motor Vehicle Accidents, 2019
Top Verdicts & Settlements, Southwest, Texas Lawyer, 2020 

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury Litigation 90%
  • Civil Litigation 5%
  • Arbitration 5%

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2003

Education

  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Irving, Texas
    • J.D. - 06/1995
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
    • B.S. - 1990
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Criminal Justice

Representative Cases

  • City of Harlingen v. Sharboneau, 48 S.W.3d 177, 2001, Supreme Court of Texas
  • Ashmore v. JMS Construction, Inc., 2016 Tex.App.LEXIS 13201, 2016, 5th Court of Appeals
  • Garza v. Crecelius, 2000 Tex.App.LEXIS 6584, 2000, 13th Court of Appeals
  • Watson v. Hardman, 497 S.W.3d 601 601 (Tex. App. 2016)
  • Abuzaid v. EFYU JO, L.L.C., No. 05-17-00976-CV (Tex. App. May 31, 2018)
  • In re State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 606 S.W.3d 780 (Tex. App. 2019)
  • Shirvani v. Celebrity Healthcare Mgmt., No. 05-19-00192-CV (Tex. App. Apr. 16, 2020)
  • In re State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No. 19-0791 (Tex. Mar. 19, 2021)
  • In re Guevara, 624 S.W.3d 920 (Tex. 2021)

Classes/Seminars

  • Continuing Legal Education Seminars, Dallas Bar Association, 2006 to 2014
  • Supreme Court Review, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Medal of Friendship from the President of Mongolia at the United Nations, 2013
  • United States Department of Justice - 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, 2001 - 2005
  • Top 100 Verdicts - The National Law Journal, 2003
  • Best Lawyers Under 40 - D Magazine, 2004
  • Rising Star - Thompson Reuters "Super Lawyers", 2005
  • Top 20 Jury Verdicts, Truck Accidents, 2019
  • Top 50 Jury Verdicts, Motor Vehicle Accidents, 2019
  • Top Verdicts & Settlements, Southwest, Texas Lawyer, 2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1996 to Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, 1996 to 2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Carlos R. Cortez, P.C., Managing Partner, 1996 to 2006
  • 44th State Civil District Court, Presiding Judge, 2007 to 2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Attorney - ATLA & Trial Lawyers Care, 2001 to 2005
  • Pro Bono College of the State of Texas, 2006

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta