Chris Cruz is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.
Mr. Cruz’s practice focuses on commercial litigation. His most notable case in 2022 was successfully defending FIGS, a medical apparel company, and its co-founders against Lanham Act false advertising and state law intentional interference and unfair competition claims brought by the main industry incumbent, resulting in a full and complete defense verdict following a three-week federal jury trial in the Central District of California.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Cruz is heavily involved in his community. In 2022, he was elected as a governing board member of the Upland Unified School District. During his career in the legal profession, he has advocated for students and their families to ensure they receive the best access to a quality education, including access to health and support services. His past efforts include working to provide representation to families of children with disabilities and impact litigation that sought to increase funding for schools across California during the pandemic.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cruz worked with the California Department of Justice for the Office of the Attorney General, as well as Public Counsel. His professional career also includes time with a global management-consulting firm, where he advised clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to state governments and local educational institutions to global non-profit organizations.
Mr. Cruz earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. During this time, Mr. Cruz served as the president and editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. He was also heavily involved in clinical and pro bono work across the fields of education, housing, and immigration law and recognized for performing over 1,000 hours of pro bono work. In addition to his pro bono service, Mr. Cruz co-taught a course in his position as a teaching fellow for Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program.
Before attending law school, Mr. Cruz received his undergraduate degree in Economics with a minor in Government from Harvard College, where he graduated cum laude in field.