Attorney Profiles

Juan J. Cruz
Laredo, Texas
Partner
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:
Education
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
Education:
University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1995

J.D.

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

B.A.

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
Member


Defense Research Institute
Member, Young Lawyers Publications Committee


San Antonio Bar Association
Member


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


State Bar of Texas School Law Section
Member


American Bar Association
Member


University of Houston Law Alumni Association
Member


Hispanic National Bar Association
Member


Mexican-American Bar Association
Member


Webb County Bar Association
Member


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


National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys
Member


Education Law Association
Member


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.