Ms. Ortega-Smith was born in Anaheim, California. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 1992 with Bachelor’s Degrees in communications and sociology. In 1997, she earned her juris doctorate degree from Loyola Law School.
In 1997, Ms. Ortega-Smith was admitted to the State Bar of California and the Bar of the United States District Court, for the Central District of California. She is a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. She specializes in construction litigation and general civil litigation.