Will Ortiz

Attorney

Will Ortiz focuses his practice on products liability, personal injury, and wrongful death. Will relentlessly advocates for injured individuals and their families to maximize the compensation they receive. Fluent in Spanish, Will routinely represents Latino and Hispanic personal injury victims.

Prior to joining Cannella Snyder, Will earned both his undergraduate and Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia, making him a proud “Double Dawg.” In college, Will was actively involved in mock trial, winning an “All-American Award”, which is given to the top six mock trial students in the country. After college, Will moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights litigation department and to operate communications for a U.S. Senator.

During law school, Will continued to be active in both moot court and mock trial. Will won Best Opening Statement and Best Closing Argument in the National Trial Competition, and Best Oralist in the American Bar Association Moot Court Competition, along with several other advocacy awards. Because of that work, the law school nominated Will to the National Order of Barristers—an honor given to the top ten trial advocacy students at the University of Georgia—and named him the inaugural recipient of the Kellie Casey Scholarship for Outstanding Oral Advocacy. Will also volunteered in the law school’s immigration law clinic, where he successfully obtained political asylum for several foreign victims of domestic violence.

After law school, Will served as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles J. Bethel of the Supreme Court of Georgia, which gave him invaluable perspective into the inner workings of Georgia’s highest court and in-depth experience with complicated Georgia appellate and civil procedure questions. After his clerkship, Will worked as a trial attorney at a national civil defense firm defending large corporations and insurance companies in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Now, Will uses his knowledge of defense tactics to help injured individuals and their families get justice in their civil cases.

In his spare time, Will coaches high school and college mock trial. He is actively involved in the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, an organization that fights to maintain the right to a jury trial for Georgia’s citizens.  Will is also a Barrister in the Clarke-Carley Inn of Court, and he was named vice president of the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association for the 2023-2024 term.

Will lives in Decatur with his wife Amelia, and their labradoodle, Rosie.

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