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Attorney Profile

Ernestina R. Cruz, Esq.
 

In 2011, after practicing law for a decade in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, Ms. Cruz decided it was time to return to Northern New Mexico where she was raised and educated.  She founded the Cruz Law Office, LLC in the summer of 2011 with the principal objective of providing the highest quality legal services to her clients at an affordable cost.

Ms. Cruz has developed vast experience in the arena of litigation having practiced law for over eleven years.  She regularly appears before New Mexico's state and federal courts both at the trial and appellate levels.  She also has experience in New Mexico's tribal court system.                 

She has developed a strong working knowledge of administrative proceedings having handled over 200 matters before various agencies including the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New Mexico Unemployment Compensation Bureau, and New Mexico Wage and Hour Bureau. 

In addition, Ms. Cruz has experience handling matters involving criminal law, domestic relations, and estate planning.

She brings a balanced approached to litigation on account of the fact that she has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters.  She can manage all aspects of litigation from initial investigations/fact finding, discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiations and trial. 

Ms. Cruz has received recognition from national and state organizations for her commitment to the legal profession.  She is well-respected in the legal community and has been recognized for being professional, well-prepared, and an excellent advocate.​

In 2011, after practicing law for a decade in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, Ms. Cruz decided it was time to return to Northern New Mexico where she was raised and educated.  She founded the Cruz Law Office, LLC in the summer of 2011 with the principal objective of providing the highest quality legal services to her clients.

Ms. Cruz has developed vast experience in the arena of litigation having practiced law for over twenty years.  She regularly appears before New Mexico's state and federal courts both at the trial and appellate levels.  She also has experience in New Mexico's tribal court system.                 

In personal injury cases, Ms. Cruz fights to protect clients who have suffered severe physical injuries and families who have lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. 

In addition, she has developed a strong working knowledge of administrative proceedings having handled over 200 matters before various agencies including the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New Mexico Unemployment Compensation Bureau, and New Mexico Wage and Hour Bureau. 

She brings a balanced approached to litigation on account of the fact that she has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters.  She can manage all aspects of litigation from initial investigations/fact finding, discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiations and trial. 

In addition, Ms. Cruz serves as a guardian ad litem and mediator in civil litigation.

Ms. Cruz has received recognition from national and state organizations for her commitment to the legal profession.  She is well-respected in the legal community and has been recognized for being professional, well-prepared, and an excellent advocate.​

In 2020, she served as President of the State Bar of New Mexico and currently is completing her term as Immediate Past President.  In addition, she recently was appointed to serve on the Executive Council of the National Council of Bar Presidents.

Education:

 

Bar Admissions:

​Honors and Distinctions:

  • University of New Mexico School of Law,             Juris Doctorate (2001)

  • University of Notre Dame, MA in Government        and International Studies with a concentration in Comparative Politics and International Relations (1998)

  • University of New Mexico, BA, Double Major in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Psychology (1996)

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, LLM in Dispute Resolution (Expected 2021)

  • ​New Mexico (2001)

  • United States District Court for the District of        New Mexico (2001)

  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (2001)

  • President of the State Bar of New Mexico (2020)

  • Super Lawyers, Personal Injury (2014 and 2015)

  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Attorneys (2012)

  • AV Rated: Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating reflecting that an attorney's peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence (2011)

  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Top Lawyer under 40 (2010)

  •  New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, Young Lawyer of the Year (2008)
  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Dean's Award for Contributions to the Law School Community (2001)