Dan Lorenz Cruz is an associate in the Firm’s municipal law practice group. He assists in representing cities, special districts, and other public agencies in transactional and advisory matters related to land use and zoning, local government law, and other general municipal issues.
Mr. Cruz was a recipient of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship and graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Political Science and double minors in Public Affairs and Asian American Studies. He subsequently earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School with an emphasis in corporate law. While in law school, Mr. Cruz served as a law clerk for the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, where he handled cases involving instances of consumer fraud, unfair business practices, and white-collar crime. In addition, he served as president for both the Loyola Business Law Society and Real Estate Law Society, and was a member of Loyola Law School’s Transactional Negotiations Team.
Before joining Woodruff & Smart, Mr. Cruz worked in the litigation practice group of a leading national law firm. There, he engaged in all aspects of environmental and business litigation on behalf of corporate entities and served as National Litigation Coordinating Counsel for a Fortune 100 company, implementing strategies for multi-district and state-wide coordinated proceedings. He also gained substantial experience as a law clerk for Judge Richard Fruin of the Los Angeles Superior Court, working primarily on general litigation and California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) matters.
Mr. Cruz is a member of the State Bar of California, and the Philippine American Bar Association.
Loyola Law School (J.D., 2020)
University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 2016)