B.S., Rutgers University
J.D., Stetson College of Law
Professor Cruz-Garcia joined the full-time faculty at Cooley Law School in 2014. She previously served as a Visiting Professor.
She was formerly a partner at Cruz-Garcia Law, P.A., a law firm she founded in 2012. Her primary areas of practice were family law and commercial litigation.
Professor Cruz-Garcia was also a trial attorney in the Commercial Litigation and Family Law Litigation. Cases ranged from complex business litigation claims to contract disputes, corporate takeovers, commercial and residential foreclosures, corporate dissolution, paternity, and dissolution of marriage claims. She also represented clients involved in highly litigated family law-related claims, complex business litigation, contract disputes, corporate takeovers, negligence and premises liability claims. In 2011, she completed the Essentials for Lawyers and Working Professionals training at the Harvard Negotiation Institute at Harvard Law School.
She is the current president of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association and serves on the Florida Bar Association Committees for Diversity and Inclusion and the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee. She also serves on the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and the Professionalism Committee. Professor Cruz-Garcia has been recognized as a Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers® Magazine in 2013 and 2014.
At Cooley, Professor Cruz-Garcia teaches Personal and Professional Responsibility and Family Violence. She is the Faculty Advisory for the Moot Court Board. While at Cooley, Professor Cruz-Garcia created Cooley Communicates a program in which law students can assist pro se litigants as court interpreters. She was also the Center for Ethics Service and Professionalism’s 2014 Great Deeds Award recipient for her work related to Cooley Communicates.