Attorney Bios

Arnel V. Ortega was born in the Philippines.  He graduated from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Economics.  He graduated law school at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, NJ.


Arnel Ortega’s employment experience includes working as: an Assistant Specialist Trader on the New York Stock Exchange floor, an Assistant Trader on an Arbitrage Trading Desk, an Assistant Casting Director, an Actor, and a Project Manager for a computer consulting group.


Prior to opening the A V O Law Group, P.A., Arnel Ortega’s legal experience included working for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, being a Legal Research and Writing teaching assistant at Rutgers Law School, and working as an Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney.


As a former Assistant State Attorney who was given the honor of being chosen to be in not only one, but two specialized units: the Economic Crimes Unit with a sub-specialty in Computer/Internet Crimes and the Narcotics Unit, Arnel Ortega is familiar with the procedures and techniques used by Prosecutors.  Having pro-actively investigated, gathered evidence, made filing decisions and handled a multitude of cases to completion, Arnel Ortega’s knowledge and understanding of the criminal law process is invaluable to our clients.  Arnel Ortega has been described by many as being a very aggressive and sharp lawyer.  If you want an aggressive attorney to fight vigorously for your rights, then you want to call us!.


While in private practice, Arnel Ortega has represented clients in Criminal Law, Business Law, Real Estate Law, Family Law, Condominium Law, Co-operative Law, Homeowner’s Association Law, Landlord-Tenant Law, and Entertainment Law.


Arnel Ortega is a member of the Florida Bar, Southern District of Florida Bar, and the New Jersey Bar.



Maria R. Ortega, Esq., was born in Puerto Rico and lived for over 20 years in New York.  In  1994, Maria received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Finance and Management Information Systems and a Bachelors of Arts in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. Upon graduation, Maria completed a comprehensive developmental program for junior executives from the HSBC Group in England.  The program included training in the Uniform Commercial Code, treasury and foreign exchange hedging techniques, accounting (British System), corporate finance and trade finance. Upon her return from England, she worked as a commercial financial analyst at HSBC’s main office in New York City and as a Branch Manager. She also aided in the J.P. Morgan asset acquisition project.


Maria received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in 2004. The following year, she accepted a position as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. Maria handled hundreds of cases ranging from misdemeanors to juvenile felonies and obtained invaluable trial experience.




Herman Wun (Of Counsel) was a criminal prosecutor in both Miami, Florida and Washington, DC, and he has successfully conducted numerous jury trials to verdict and over one hundred bench trials.  As a prosecutor, Mr. Wun worked with many state and federal law enforcement agencies such as the Miami-Dade Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Metropolitan Police Department (D.C.), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the D.C Inspector General’s Office.  Mr. Wun was honored by the United States Postal Inspector for his role as the lead prosecutor in “Operation WAMU Rescue,” a RICO jury trial involving the fraud of over $1 million of Washington Mutual Bank by an organized crime group. 


From the summer of 1999 to the spring of 2004, Mr. Wun was an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office in Miami, Florida.  In his first two years as a prosecutor, he handled a diverse caseload such as DUI’s, attempted murders, aggravated assaults, armed robberies, drug trafficking, kidnappings and sexual assaults. 


In his last two years as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami, he was the youngest prosecutor to be appointed to the Economic Crimes Unit where he handled some of the most complex financial cases involving Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), money laundering, bank fraud, organized fraud, tax fraud, various types of investment fraud, mortgage fraud, Medicaid fraud, insurance fraud, credit card fraud, perjury, unlicensed practice of law and medicine, and embezzlement by corporate employees and attorneys.


From the spring of 2004 until March 2006, Mr. Wun was an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia where he prosecuted government fraud and public corruption cases.  Mr. Wun investigated and prosecuted individuals and businesses for procurement fraud under the D.C. False Claims Act and for providing False Statements, violations of D.C. Election Laws, and D.C. law enforcement officers for fraud related matters.  Mr. Wun prosecuted individuals involved in the elections fraud of the 2002 Campaign to Re-elect D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams.


Mr. Wun has represented corporations under criminal investigation for fraud and money laundering and complex commercial litigation.  


Mr. Wun received his B.A. from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, his Juris Doctor from the City University of New York and his Master of Laws in securities and financial regulation from Georgetown University Law Center.