2011 Legal Elite profile

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Daniel E. Ortiz 
Blankingship & Keith, P.C.

Title: Associate
Legal specialties: Civil litigation and medical malpractice defense
Birthplace: Alexandria
Education:  Bachelor’s degree, University of Virginia; law degree, George Washington University School of Law
Wife:  Kristy
Children:  Adam, 3; Eleanor, 7 months 
Hobbies: Reading and golf   
First job as a lawyer: Law clerk to the Hon. M. Langhorne Keith, Fairfax County Circuit Court
Fan of: “Capitals, Nationals and barbecues with my family” 
Favorite vacation spot: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Recently read book: “Hippos Go Berserk” by Sandra Boynton and “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis 
Career mentor: John Keith, the Hon. M.L. Keith, William Carey, the Hon. Jane Roush 
How did you decide to become a lawyer? 
“I decided to go to law school after studying government in college.  The practice of law allowed me to participate in our government, as well as provide numerous opportunities to serve my community.” 

What advice do you have for students who will graduate this spring from law school? 
“As a new lawyer you will need guidance and support.  Find a mentor who you can rely upon for advice and direction.  A mentor can provide you counsel on a range of issues from substantive legal issues to the realities of practicing law.  Reaching out for assistance will help you avoid many mistakes.” 

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