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Fernando Ortiz


Granting Legal Aid In Many Ways

Age: 33

Regulatory Counsel & Compliance Officer

Organization: Company: Seed CX | Zero Hash

Fernando Ortiz has an entrepreneurial mindset and with his legal training and business savvy loves the challenge of joining start-ups to help them evolve through their most difficult stages.

 Fernando’s legal career started at Seed CX | Zero Hash, the world’s leading settlement venue for digital assets where he was hired as an intern and has worked his way up the ranks where he currently serves as their in-house attorney. As in-house counsel, Fernando has been able to work side by side with top executives to help make critical decisions for one of the top finance startups in the United States. 

 Fernando is one of the first members of his family to have graduated college, receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science. He wanted to be a lawyer to not only help underrepresented communities, but also be a mentor to minorities who want to join the very underrepresented field. 

His passion for helping others has led him to his work in the community where he provides legal assistance to those who cannot afford it or those who are not able to find representation due to the language barrier. His work in the community has inspired him to one day serve his community on a larger scale and potentially one day run for office.

Fernando Ortiz is the son of immigrant parents. His parents came to the U.S. from their native land of Aguascalientes, Mexico, in search for a better life and opportunity for their kids. They were fortunate enough to be able to raise their family on the Northwest side of Chicago where they could provide them with opportunities they could only dream of as children. His parents always instilled the importance of education, family, community, and giving back to where you came from.


Words of Wisdom “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett