Our Principal

Who We Are
At Financial Institutions Law, we know banking and we know finance.  Our principal is an attorney who was a banker for over 18 years and truly understands your challenges.  He is someone who has been in your shoes as a bank President, CEO and more.  We know that the bottom line is critical to your business success. Our goal is to apply a common sense approach to help you achieve your goals.   

Our Values

Financial Institutions Law’s core values are centered on trust, care, and a commitment to excellence.

​​Giancarlo "John" Ortega

Academic Qualifications

LL.M. Banking and Financial Law, Boston University
J.D. University of North Dakota
BBA Finance, Baylor University

Southwest Graduate School of Banking, Southern Methodist University

​Graduate School of Bank Investments & Fin. Mgmt., U. of South Carolina

Bar Admissions


North Dakota

Professional Memberships

Minnesota Bar Association

Past Professional Leadership Experience

​Texas First Bank - Houston Market President
​Houston Business Bank - Founder  President & CEO

​​JP Morgan Chase - VP Middle Market

Our Unique Approach
Exceptional legal services through relationship driven representation. Our Principal has walked in your shoes and knows your challenges first hand.  There will be no learning curve or time wasted, which allows us to proactively assist you in accomplishing your goals.


​Past ​​Board & Committee Experience

First United Bank, Investment Committee, Parkriver, ND

Houston Business Bank, Director, Houston, TX

Texas Independent Bancshares, Inc., Advisory Director, Texas City, TX 

Texas Bankers Association, Director, Austin, TX

Past Recognition & Service

​Pillar of Fairness Award - Northside ISD, San Antonio, TX

Big Brothers/Big Sisters - Fund Raising Committee, Houston, TX 
40 Under 40 - Houston Business Journal

Leadership Houston - Class 26

National Leadership Conference J.P. Morgan
State of Texas Office of Governor George W. Bush - Intern

Past Legal Academic Achievements

Hunton & Williams - Financial Institutions Corporate & Regulatory Practice, Clerk
Immigration Clinic
​Moot Court Section I Class Champion

Our Strength