Attorney Profiles

Juan J. Cruz
Laredo, Texas
phone (956) 717-1300
fax (956) 717-0539
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Juan J. Cruz focuses his practice on the areas of School Law, Employment Law and General Litigation. He serves as general counsel to various government entity clients and is experienced in handling of employment defense claims, contractual issues, and advising administrators on various issues of school and employment law. Mr. Cruz has appellate court experience as well as first and second chair trial experience.
Areas of Practice:
Labor & Employment
Local Government
General Civil Practice
Bar Admissions:
Texas, 1995
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
University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1995


University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 1991


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

No Pee, No Play: Student Searches and Seizure, The Young Lawyer Connection, Defense Research Institute, 2002

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Effective Documentation for Personnel Decisions, TASA/TASB Annual Conference, 2002 - Present

Legal Review of Working with Your Community, Employees and Media, TASA/TASB Annual Conference, 2004 - Present

Beware of Vendors Bearing Gifts, TASA/TASB Annual Conference, 2005 - Present

Understanding Board-Superintendent Relationships, Region 1 School Board Conference, South Padre Island, 2005 - Present

Avoiding Personal and Criminal Liability for Board members and Administrators, Region 1 School Board Summer Conference, 2006 - Present

The Board's Role in Hiring-Firing School Employees, Region 1 School Board Conference, South Padre Island, 2006 - Present

Bullying in Today's Instant-Messenger World, Border Counselors Association Conference, 2006 - Present

Update on Texas Attorney General Decisions, University of Texas School Law Conference, 2007 - Present

Employment and Immigration Issues Affecting Public School Employers, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, 2007 - Present

Procedures for Addressing Grievances for School Districts Employees Rights and Duties

How to Conduct Effective and Legal Investigations

Update: Teacher Termination/Nonrenewal Sexual Harassment Guidelines for Employers Selected Areas of Administrator Responsibility Coordinating Employee Leave of Absences

Administrator Responsibility Coordinating Employee Leave of Absences

The Texas Open Meetings Act Board Members: Powers and Duties Understanding the Family and Medical Leave Act

Understanding the Wage and Hour Laws

Understanding Who is Covered Under the ADA and Reasonable Accommodations

Wrongful Discharge in Texas

Dealing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Preventive Law: School Law in a Nutshell

Preventive Law: Avoiding Employment Claims and Lawsuits

Compliance with the HIPAA Monster...Privacy Rules for Employers

Ten Tips: The Professional Development and Appraisal System

2 Top 10 Lists to Remember

School Board Policies You Should Know

Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls - A Prime for Administrators

Legal Issues Involved in the Transportation of Public School Students

She Doesn't Like My Flip Flops - The Grievance Process

FERPA and Parental Rights and Responsibilities

Student Search and Seizure

New Legislation from the 79th Legislative Session

The Public Information Act

When It Takes a Village to Raise a Child, Who In the Village Has a Right to Custody of a Student or to the Student's Records?

Legal Issue Regarding Bullying in Public Schools

Ethical and Legal Issues for School Counseling

Educator Legal Liability in Texas

The Family and Medical Leave Act and Other Leave Laws

Documents: A Review of the Texas Education Code and Commissioner of Education Decisions

HB1: A New Era of the Financial and Academic Accountability

Fair Labor Standards Act

Sexual Harassment: What is it? and What Do you Do?

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Defense Research Institute
Member, Young Lawyers Publications Committee

San Antonio Bar Association

Defense Counsel of San Antonio, 1999 - 2000
Member, Board of Directors

State Bar of Texas School Law Section

American Bar Association

University of Houston Law Alumni Association

Hispanic National Bar Association

Mexican-American Bar Association

Webb County Bar Association

Texas Association of School Boards Council of School Attorneys, 2004 - 2007
Member, Board of Directors

National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys

Education Law Association

University of Texas School Law, 2003 - 2007
Planning Committee

With offices in San Antonio, Dallas, Laredo, and Houston, Texas, as well as Mexico City, Mexico, the minority-owned law firm of Escamilla, Poneck & Cruz, LLP, offers a wide range of legal services to governmental agencies, private corporations, and individuals throughout the state of Texas including the cities of Jourdanton, Floresville, Seguin, New Braunfels, Boerne, Laredo, Macdona, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Grapevine, Colleyville, South Lake, Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving, Denton, Plano, Richardson, and Flower Mound, and throughout the counties of Bexar, Atascosa, Wilson, Guadalupe, Comal, Kendall, Tarrant, Fort Bend, Harris, Wise, Hays, Williamson, Webb, Live Oak, Nueces, Austin and Cameron.