Adeena J. Weiss-Ortiz
Attorney & Certified Mediator
Weiss Ortiz P.C. delivers the highest quality legal counsel on the most complex and critical issues facing clients today. Clients include individuals and businesses achieving success nationally, regionally and locally. Mrs. Weiss-Ortiz is a Miami, Florida native and began her pursuit of the law at a young age at the Law Office of Jack J. Weiss (1928-1995) in Miami, Florida, where she worked many years prior to moving to Chicago. She was employed throughout law school and thereafter in private practice, municipal entities and pro bono agencies. Her career flourished litigating cases in the courtrooms of Chicago. Today, she represents clients in a diverse range of business and personal disputes in throughout the States of Illinois and Florida. She is actively involved in a variety of bar associations, handles cases pro bono from referring agencies, and regularly volunteers her legal services, while managing her practice.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. District for the Northern District of Illinois
- Trial Bar for U.S. District for the Northern District of Illinois
- Certified Circuit Civil Mediator (Florida)
- Certified Family Mediator (Florida)
- U.S. District for the Southern District of Florida
Community & Legal Activities
Volunteer Attorney, National Immigrant Justice Center (2018)
Volunteer Attorney, Rape Victim Advocates (2017-Present)
Volunteer Attorney, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (Child Representative & Guardian ad Litem) (2016-Present)
Volunteer, Soup Kitchens of St. Paul Church, Fellowship House, First United Methodist Church (2012-2013)
Speaker, Government Attorneys, Loyola Law School (2009)
Honoree, Cambridge Who’s Who (2009)
Trustee, Simmons College (2008-2009)
Treasurer, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Political Action Committee (2008-2010)
Volunteer, Constitutional Rights Foundation Lawyers in the Classroom Program (2006-2010)
Board Member, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Political Action Committee (2006-2010)
Volunteer, Chicago Commission on Human Relations for Arab Affairs (2006-2008)
Investigator and Interviewer, Judicial Evaluation Committee, Decalogue Society and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (2005-2010)
Coach and Judge, Chicago Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, and Loyola University Moot Court Competitions (2004-2007)
Tutor, Academy of Applied Arts, Science and Technology through the Learning Express volunteer program (2006)
Pro Bono, Statutory summary suspension hearings in affiliation with the Cook County Public Defenders Office and the Chicago Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy Program (2004)
Drafted I-130 Petition for dying Haitian U.S. citizen which was publicized in the Miami Herald (1999-2001)
- American Bar Association
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- Arab American Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Decalogue Society
- Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Puerto Rican Bar Association
- Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
The John Marshall Law School
JD & LLM in Intellectual Property
Deans List Recipient
BA in Business Managment
Deans List Recipient
Stephanie J. Luetkehans
Stephanie J. Luetkehans is a civil litigation attorney with extensive experience in all aspects of family law matters including civil representation in state court on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Litigation practice also includes torts, employment discrimination, commercial disputes, default litigation and representation before the Illinois Human Rights Commission.
Prior to joining Weiss Ortiz, P.C., Ms. Luetkehans counseled numerous units of government including counties, townships, fire protection districts and an airport authority on a spectrum of matters such as tort and civil rights complaints, labor and employment, contract issues, Freedom of Information Act issues, governance and compliance. Additionally, Ms. Luetkehans has advised businesses in entity formation and ongoing concerns such as contract and shareholder issues.
While attending law school Ms. Luetkehans served as judicial extern to Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke. Ms. Luetkehans is a graduate of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. 2008. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in microbiology. Prior to becoming an attorney Ms. Luetkehans worked as a commodities market analyst and grain trader.
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court Northern Illinois
– Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Trained as child representative in family law matters.
– Pro-Bono Attorney, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
November 2014-November 2015
Represented victim/survivor of sexual assault in seeking criminal and civil remedies. Obtained order of protection.
– Medical/Legal Advocate, Rape Victim Advocates, Chicago, IL
May 2015-May 2015
Provided medical and legal advocacy to survivors of sexual assault in hospital emergency room context. Trained in sexual assault crisis intervention via 56 hour medical/legal advocacy training.
– Pro-Bono Attorney
March 2012-March 2014
Represented Stateville Correctional Center inmate/client in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights claim.
– Pro-Bono Attorney, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers
October 2009-April 2011
Advised Cook County Correctional Facility inmate/clients on family law issues.
Legal Publishing Credits
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Illinois Municipal Law: Contracts, Litigation, and Home Rule, Vol. IV, General Editor, Steward H. Diamond, Chapter 5, Civil Rights Liability (IICLE 2012).
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Illinois School Law: Organization, Finance, and Property, General Editors Keri-Lyn J. Krafthefer and Scott F. Uhler, Chapter 10, Tort Liability of School Districts (IICLE 2012).
Erick Lopez is an attorney who practices in the areas of civil litigation, intellectual property law, and patents. Mr. Lopez has represented clients in various civil matters throughout the state of Illinois and is focused on exceeding his client’s expectations. Prior to joining Weiss Ortiz, P.C., Mr. Lopez consulted with start-up companies on various intellectual property matters. This practice included drafting patent applications, interviewing inventors, and providing best-practice strategies at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Lopez has served as an extern and clerk for various organizations including: The United States Patent and Trademark Office, The Illinois Attorney General, and the IP Patent Clinic at the John Marshall Law School. Prior to receiving his J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property law from The John Marshall Law School in 2018, Mr. Lopez earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University in 2013. Mr. Lopez is registered to practice as a patent practitioner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is licensed to practice law in Illinois.