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Kathleen Cruz joined FSSV in 2019.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cruz worked for an insurance defense firm, which focused on management-side employment litigation.

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Dallas Attorney, Kathleen Cruz

Kathleen Cruz

Associate

T: 972-934-9100     F: 972-934-9200    kcruz@feesmith.com

PRACTICE AREAS

 

Labor & Employment

 

Insurance Defense

 

Products Liability

 

Personal Injury Defense

 

Commercial Litigation

 

 

EDUCATION

 

J.D., SMU Dedman School of Law, 2015

 

 B.A., with honors, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012

 

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

 

Texas

 

New York

 

 

COURT ADMISSIONS

 

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

 

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

 

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

 

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Kathleen Cruz joined FSSV in 2019.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cruz worked for an insurance defense firm, which focused on management-side employment litigation.  Ms. Cruz represented employers in employment matters, ranging from alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to claims made under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.  Throughout her career, Ms. Cruz negotiated favorable settlements for her clients, secured summary judgments, and handled civil cases from inception to trial.

 

 While in law school, Ms. Cruz served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Irma C. Ramirez in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.  She also served in SMU’s Federal Taxpayers Clinic, where she successfully negotiated tax settlements and disputed tax liability with the Internal Revenue Service for low-income clients. Ms. Cruz also clerked for the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel Labor & Employment Division in Washington, D.C. Ms. Cruz was President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and Associate Managing Editor of the International Law Review Association. She also was a recipient for the Texas Young Lawyers Association Diversity Scholarship.

 

 

Articles:

 

“FMLA Leave Requests: Survival Tips for Employers,” TYL, 2018

 

 

Professional Affiliations:

 

Dallas Asian American Bar Association

 

Dallas Bar Association

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