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Chris Cruz is an experienced employment law litigator and counselor who focuses on representing employers in a wide range of complex, single plaintiff and multiparty matters involving wage and hour, wrongful termination, and retaliation issues. His work as an in-house attorney has provided him with deep insight into the business objectives of his clients and their day-to-day concerns, allowing Chris to provide practical legal advice to his clients on compliance and strategic matters such as employee discipline, reductions in force, accommodations and leaves of absence, development and implementation of policies and handbooks, and other workplace issues. Chris efficiently guides clients and strives to help employers avoid litigation before it begins, but has the courtroom experience necessary to take a case to verdict when it is in his client’s best interest.

In addition to his employment experience, Chris has broad experience in complex commercial, product liability, and financial litigation from pre-litigation assessment and settlement negotiations to trials across the country.



  • Represents a health care provider and a manufacturing company in several wage and hour class and representative actions alleging violations related to misclassification, unpaid overtime, meal and rest break violation, and other derivative claims.
  • Served as member of national counsel team and managed mass tort litigation including thousands of ongoing product liability cases for Fortune 50 company and its subsidiaries in state and federal courts throughout the United States.°
  • Member of multiple trial teams defending product manufacturer including in a two-month jury trial against fraud, conspiracy, and product liability claims resulting in a complete defense verdict.°
  • Member of defense team for engine manufacturer against product liability claims from inception to judgment after three-week jury trial in Santa Clara County Superior Court.°
  • Defended indemnity claim brought by trustee against co-trustee in Orange County Superior Court bench trial.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Cruz prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Secondment, Dow Chemical Company, 2012-2015
  • Associate General Counsel, Western Dental Services, Inc., 2010-2012
  • Legal Intern, Office of the Public Defender, Prince George’s County, Maryland, 2001

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Orange County Bar Association


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit