Giancarlo “John” Ortega



Prior to practicing law, Mr. Ortega was the founder of Houston Business Bank, where he served as a Director, and President & Chief Executive Officer. The bank charter he founded was one of only four awarded in the State of Texas that year, and Houston Business Bank was one of less than a dozen banks to receive FDIC insurance nationally in 2009. Mr. Ortega has more than 20 years of banking and financial services experience, including stents at JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo Bank in the mid-market commercial lending arena.

Representative Matters

$60 million debt restructuring for an E&P company
$20 million private placements
Counseled $20 million energy service provider during a Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Led a $100 million nationwide contracting company to profitability after their CFO committed fraud, also negotiating a $16 million revolving line of credit and $10 million real estate loan
Led a medical practice out of a workout by facilitating a $5 million credit facility
Restructured a healthcare service provider, saving the provider approximately $100,000 per year


Boston University School of Law, Master of Law (LLM) Banking and Financial Law, 2017
University of North Dakota School of Law — Juris Doctor, 2015
Graduate School of Bank Investments and Financial Management (Univ. of South Carolina) 2011
Southwest Graduate School of Banking (Southern Methodist University) 2005
Baylor University, BBA Finance 2000

Honors & Awards

2012 Pillar of Fairness Award for the North Side Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas
2011 Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award

Court Admissions

North Dakota
United States District Court of the Southern District of Texas

Professional & Community Involvement

Class 26 Leadership Houston
Big Brothers Big Sisters Houston Board Member
SMSMA Varsity Football Board

Previous Affiliations

G. Ortega Law, PLLC, Principal Attorney, Houston, TX (May 2017 — October 2021)
Hunton & Wiulliams, Law Clerk, Financial Institutions Corporate & Regulatory Practice (Apr 2016 — Jun 2016)
Texas First Bank (formerly HBB), Houston Market President, Houston, TX (Aug 2012 — Apr 2013)
Houston Business Bank, President/CEO, Houston, TX (Mar 2008 — Mar 2012)

Practice Areas: Construction / Energy & Oil / ERISA & Employee Benefits / Financial, Accounting, and Auditing / Labor & Employment / Real Estate / Transactional