Mala Malhotra-Ortiz, Esq. is an attorney, mediator and collaborative resources consultant in the Mid-Atlantic region who specializes in mediating complex civil litigation and family disputes, including probate matters. She also serves as an ADR advisor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in times of national disaster. Malhotra-Ortiz is a founding director of the ADR Division in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and served as the director of ADR for the U.S. Air Force. She was a presidential management fellow for the U.S. Departments of Interior, Justice, and Transportation. During her tenure with the federal government, Malhotra-Ortiz negotiated international air-rights agreements, facilitated multiple-party discussion around public land-use planning, negotiated divestitures involving corporations under anti-trust investigations, and litigated in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Department of Justice.
Malhotra-Ortiz was owner and managing attorney of a solo practice specializing in small businesses, immigration and family law. She is past chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, a roster mediator for the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, board member of Free State Justice (2015-current), and past president of the LGBT Bar Association of Maryland where she chaired the judicial nomination committee. Malhotra-Ortiz has mediated over 1,500 disputes including business, domestic relations, estates, multiple-party environmental conflicts, products liability, real property, worker’s compensation and zoning. She has served as counsel in over 200 matters in both state and federal forums.
Malhotra-Ortiz earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law (2004); is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park; and studied at the American School of International Business in Vevey, Switzerland and the University of North London, U.K. She served in the U.S. Peace Corps (1996-1999) and AmeriCorps VISTA (1999-2000), and is fluent in Guarani, Hindi, Punjabi, and Spanish.