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Carlos Cruz

Founder and Managing Member

Mr. Cruz is the founder and managing attorney of the Law Offices of Carlos A. Cruz & Associates.

Since 1996, Mr. Cruz has successfully represented thousands of immigrants from all around the world in cases before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and its predecessor agency the Immigration and Nationalization Service, Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. District Court and various Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal.


Mr. Cruz has an impressive successful track record in particularly complex cases involving novel issues in immigration law. He has been a trailblazer in the immigration field for over 20 years and this can be seen in his many published works. His ability to litigate a case has won him many awards and helps him to successfully defend his clients. 


Mr. Cruz is routinely assigned pro bono cases by Immigration Judges which he represents with great pride. 


Mr. Cruz has received numerous awards over the years, including in 2010 receiving the Top Lawyers Under 40 Award from the Hispanic National Bar Association ("HNBA").  He has also received awards for his involvement in the community, including recognition as Alum of the Year at Loyola Law School in 2010.

Mr. Cruz serves on the Loyola Law School Board of Governors. Mr. Cruz coached the HNBA moot court team at Loyola Law School from 2009 to 2011.

Mr. Cruz is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA") and the Los Angeles County Bar Association ("LACBA"). Mr. Cruz has been a guest speaker on complex immigration law issues at events hosted by AILA, LACBA and by numerous other community-based organizations seeking his expertise. He has also provided the public with general immigration advice through various media outlets including, radio and television.  He also provides free legal advice at various immigration clinics and forums throughout greater Los Angeles.


Mr. Cruz and his family fled El Salvador and migrated to the United States at the onset of the Salvadoran civil war. Carlos grew up in Los Angeles and Oakland, California. 

Carlos is happily married and is the proud father to his three children: Carlos, Julio, and Ella. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and they are his pride and joy. 



Professional Associations



  • MABA ("Mexican American Barre Association")

  • HNBA ("Hispanics National Barre Association") - 2010 Top Lawyers Under 40

  • AILA


  • Loyola Law School Board Member

  • Loyola High School Board Member

  • Loyola Law School, Juris Doctor

  • U.C. Davis, Bachelors of Political Science 

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