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Office: 956-717-1300



Office: 956-717-1300


Fortunato Paredes has been practicing law for more than 30 years.  After law school, Mr. Paredes worked with the Texas State Legislature and House of Representatives. Thereafter, he worked with the Secretary of State and Webb County Texas until joining Mr. Cruz in 2009. He is very familiar with the inner working of government entities and is used to working late hours, as necessary, to ensure that a client’s project is delivered on time and with careful attention to each detail. Mr. Paredes works closely with business and professional service teams to resolve complex contractual issues and negotiate terms and conditions into final contracts for engineering and consulting services. He’s worked with clients in support of various business and real estate development activities.  His services include forming corporate entities, drafting appropriate operating agreements and other corporate documents, and structuring transactions to comply with IRS regulations. Mr. Paredes also assists clients and project teams with land use issues, including zoning and permitting. He handles most of the Firm’s transactional work for its clients especially in the area of construction, real estate, as well as handling negotiations with complex contract issues for the Firm’s clients.

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Areas of Practice:

Civil Litigation

Construction Law

Real Estate

Labor & Employment


Public Finance 


JD, University of Texas at Austin, 1986

MPA, University of Texas at Austin, 1983

BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1979

Bar Admissions:

Texas, 1988

U.S Supreme Court

5th Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court   Eastern District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Texas Association of School Boards, Council of School Attorneys

National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys

Listed in The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace

Past Employment Positions:

J. Cruz & Associates, LLC, June 2013-Present

Escamilla, Poneck & Cruz, LLP, 2009-2013

Webb County Texas, 1993-2003

Secretary of State, 1989-1993

Texas State Legislature; House of Representatives, 1987-1988

Office: (956) 717-1300 Toll Free: (877) 513-1373

216 W Village Blvd Suite 202, Laredo, TX 78041, USA

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