Daniel M. Ortner

Attorney |

Daniel M. Ortner joined Pacific Legal Foundation as an attorney in 2018, focusing on free speech, equality under the law, and curtailing overreach of the administrative state. 

Daniel graduated summa cum laude and first in his class from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He came to PLF after two appellate clerkships on the Utah Supreme Court and the Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. He’s grateful to have been mentored by incredible jurists with a passion for originalism and for bringing empirical tools such as corpus linguistics to bear on statutory interpretation.  

Daniel is the author of a recent 50-state survey on the topic of deference toward administrative agencies at the state level. He has also published extensively on First Amendment topics, including freedom of speech, freedom of association, and free exercise of religion. 

Daniel was born in Israel and moved to the United States at a young age. He is grateful for the incredible blessings of liberty that he has enjoyed in the United States and particularly for the freedoms to think, speak, worship, and associate that are guaranteed by the Constitution. He loves to fight on behalf of individuals who are being denied these rights, to ensure that these precious liberties remain protected and secure. He is currently licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of California, as well as the United States Supreme Court bar and the bars of the First, Third, Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. 

Outside of work, Daniel spends time with his wife and three beautiful daughters. He loves to play board games, watch movies, and serve in his local church congregation.