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Partner Michael Ortiz focuses primarily on the litigation of business, surety, construction, and commercial real estate disputes. He also routinely manages litigation for clients with operations in several states. Michael is also a certified mediator and arbitrator.

Recent Work
  • Successfully defended large coastal real estate developer against claims of fraud and unfair trade practices regarding lot sales, including successful third party claims against real estate agents
  • Advised multi-state property management company regarding mitigation of losses at 2 properties arising from insolvency of general contractor.  Included negotiation and preparation of settlement and lien waiver documents with 15 subcontractors or suppliers with claims exceeding $400,000
  • Successfully defended commercial real estate developer in an arbitration over the wrongful retention of deposits on a multi-million dollar project
  • Advised client regarding notice from NC-DENR regarding sewer spill
  • Successfully defended a power company (tenant) in an arbitration of wrongful termination of commercial lease for industrial property
  • Advised multistate property management and investment company regarding data and email retention program and policies
  • Successful result for national subdivision developer in a suit with a local builder over a $400,000 deposit under a $4 million lot purchase contract
  • Successfully represented attorney in professional malpractice litigation arising from a commercial real estate closing
  • Negotiated contract with fire safety company for client that is 1 of the 10 largest multifamily property managers in the U.S.

The outcome of a particular matter cannot be based upon a lawyer’s or law firm’s past results.


Syracuse University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1978
University of Illinois, J.D., 1985

Bar Affiliations
North Carolina Bar Association
Wake County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice
All North Carolina state courts
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

“Vested Rights”
N.C. County Attorneys’ Ass’n, 1997

Named entrepreneur of the year by Triangle Business Leader (2008)


Community Involvement

First United Methodist Church, Cary – member

Appalachian Service Project, FUMC-Cary – participant

A Passion: Motorcycling to Civil War Sites

A Favorite Quote: “Time and tide wait for no man.” -Geoffrey Chaucer