Justice of the Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court. He studied law at the Santa Maria University, in addition to other degrees at the University of Salamanca, Spain.
He participated in at least ten military workshops offered by the Venezuelan Air Force. An article published in the newspaper El Universal in 2005 reported that Ortiz Hernandez was accused by the Supreme Court of being involved in a drug trafficking case and the bankruptcy of a company. After that accusation, Ortiz said he was open to investigation and even offered his resignation in case any evidence was found against him.