Tanya Ortega



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Law School
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, Indiana

University of Houston
Houston, Texas


Tanya started her career in Chicago after earning a prestigious judicial clerkship and subsequently worked for a large Chicago insurance defense firm representing Fortune 100 and 500 companies against personal injury claims. For years, she won cases for insurance companies and learned every strategy used to defeat the claims of injured individuals.  At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Tanya now uses her insight of the judiciary and insurance companies to gain a significant advantage for her clients.

Tanya’s recent litigation accomplishments include the following jury verdicts and settlements:  a jury verdict in McCall v. Coast Line Distributing, Inc., et al. for $2.1 million; a confidential settlement of $2.8 million; a settlement of $1.5 million in Singh v. Parris; a settlement in Jane Doe v. Tom Malloy Corporation, et al. for 1.2 million; a settlement in Osumi v Central Coast Fence, Inc., et al. for $1 million; a settlement in Adams v. Main Street Produce, Inc., et al. for $1 million; a settlement in Macari v. Salvucci and RBZ Vineyards, LLC dba Sextant Wines for $1 million and a settlement over the insurance policy limit in Wolff v. Cliff Resort LLC and Raul Quintana-Castillo. The Wolff case settled for $600,000, including $500,000 from Progressive Insurance that was 10 times the underlying policy limit of $50,000.  Tanya was recognized by Top Verdict for having obtained one of the top 100 jury verdicts in California.  She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for consecutive years, an achievement limited to the top 2.5% of attorneys in California, and The Top Women Attorneys in Southern California. 

Tanya is also a member of the American Association for Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group where she has been invited to speak at conferences across the country on various subjects, including an Overview of Traumatic Brain Injuries, Bias in Neuropsychological Testing as well as Sexism and Racism in Neuropsychological Testing. 

Tanya is a lifelong runner and formerly competed on the University of Houston cross country and track teams as a middle-distance runner.  When not at the office, Tanya is at the beach with her husband and kids.

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