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

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

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JUAN J. CRUZ

Partner

Paralegal

Alma Fernandez

Office: 956-717-1300

Email: afernandez@jca-law.com

Contact

Office: 956-717-1300

Email: jcruz@jca-law.com

Juan J. Cruz has been practicing law for 24 years. 

 

Mr. Cruz serves as lead counsel for the majority of clients of the Firm. He routinely provides day-to-day advice on matters affecting government entities such as school districts, cities, counties, quasi-governmental bodies, and affiliated political subdivisions. Mr. Cruz also serves as general litigation counsel for a number of private entities. 

PUBLISHED WORKS:

The Texas Workers' Compensation Act: The Texas Anti-Retaliation Law, School Law Update, Volume II, No. 3, 1998

The Commissioner Clarifies Approach for Termination of Probationary Contract Employees, School Law Update, Volume II, No. 6, 1998

Suing and Defending Governmental Entities, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1999

Did Johnny Go Too Far? The Supreme Court Speaks on Student on Student Sexual Harassment, The Young Lawyer Connection, Defense Research Institute, 1999

Leaving Your Current Employer, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, 2000

Measuring Who Is Disabled Under the American With Disabilities Act, The Young Lawyer Connection, Defense Research Institute, 2000

Family Medical and Leave Act: Past, Present and Future, The Young Lawyer Connection, Defense Research Institute, 2001

E-Mail Liabilities/Employee Privacy Issues, HR Management Seminar Emerging Issues, 2001

State Bar No.

​00793570

Areas of Practice:

General Civil Practice

Education

Labor & Employment

Local Government

Public Finance

Education:

JD, University of Houston Law Center, 1995

BA, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1991

Bar Admissions:

Texas, 1995

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court

Professional Associations and Memberships:

State Bar of Texas, School Law Section, Chair 2014-2015

Texas Association of School Boards Council of School Attorneys, 2010-2011 Chair, Board of Directors

Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Member

State Bar of Texas School Law Section

University of Houston Law Alumni Association, Member

Hispanic National Bar Association, Member

Mexican-American Bar Association, Member

Webb County Bar Association, Member

National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys, Member

Education Law Association, Member

College of The State Bar of Texas, Member

University of Texas School Law Conference Planning Committee (2003 – Present)

Listed in The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace

Professional Affiliations:

1st Hispanic Chair of the State Bar of Texas School Law Section (2014-2015)

Former Chair of the Texas Association of School Boards Council of School Attorneys (2011)

Past Employment Positions:

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

Escamilla, Poneck & Cruz, LLP, Partner, March 2011 – June 2013

Escamilla & Poneck, Inc., Associate, 1998 - February 2010

Escamilla & Poneck, Inc., Associate, 1996 - 1997