Daniel O. Cortez

Daniel O. Cortez: Attorney with Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, PLLC


Daniel is an Associate with Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip. His practice includes the representation of healthcare organizations and professionals in medical malpractice and general liability actions. Daniel also has experience with contract disputes, commercial litigation, constitutional law, claims under RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), and criminal matters.

He has also assisted nonprofit organizations secure tax-exempt status from the IRS. In addition, he has extensive experience in claims brought under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), and the Fourteenth Amendment. He has practiced in federal courts throughout Michigan, California, Florida, and Mississippi.

Before joining Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, Daniel worked for a Detroit law firm defending the largest healthcare provider in southeast Michigan against medical malpractice, premises liability and negligence claims. Prior to that, he gained extensive trial experience working for a Bloomfield Hills, MI, law firm litigating complex constitutional cases involving land use and real estate issues, and was a national leader in claims brought under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”). He also worked around the country on claims brought under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) and civil rights actions under the Fourteenth Amendment. Mr. Cortez also has significant experience with contract disputes, commercial litigation, and criminal matters.

While in law school, Daniel served as a Junior Member of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. In addition, he was a co-editor of the school’s newspaper, In Brief, and a two-year member of the Jessup Moot Court team. He worked as an intern for the Hon. Marianne O. Battani of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Prior to his legal career, Daniel was an award-winning reporter for the Detroit Free Press and the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel. His editors nominated his reporting from Afghanistan in 2004 for a Pulitzer Prize.

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Appeals
  • Business Issues
  • Civil Rights, Corrections And 42 USC 1983 Litigation
  • Healthcare Issues
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Medical Malpractice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
734-742-1819  Phone
734-521-2379  Fax
University Attended:
Indiana University, B.A., Journalism and Political Science, 2002
Law School Attended:
University of Detroit Mercy, J.D., Cum Laude, 2011
Year of First Admission:
2012, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 2011, Illinois; 2013, Michigan
Illinois State Bar Association; State Bar of Michigan; American Bar Association.
Reported Cases:
Paeth v. Worth Township, MI.
Hobbies & interests:
A Chicago-area native, Daniel is an avid sports fan who still dreams of one day being the offensive coordinator for his beloved Chicago Bears or a shooting guard with the Chicago Bulls (despite the fact that he has a terrible jump shot!).Dan is an amateur guitar player, loves music, and describes himself as a Third Eye Blind junkie! He also enjoys reading historical nonfiction, and considers himself a constitutional law nerd. Daniel is happily married to his wife Jessica, who is a successful child therapist.
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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