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Anne Swoboda Cruz

Los Angeles, CA | D 213.430.3314 | F 213.430.3409

As a member of the Trial Department, Anne Swoboda Cruz practices in the areas of commercial disputes and product liability.

Anne is a trial attorney who counsels companies on disputes about their products, regulatory issues, unfair competition claims, and marketplace challenges. Anne is experienced in dealing with claims involving product development, advertising, and business operations. She has represented companies involved in manufacturing/distributing, entertainment, telecommunications, retail, food, and supplements. While her goal in litigation is to resolve claims before trial whenever possible, Anne has taken numerous cases to jury trial and arbitration.

Anne was a judicial extern for the Chief Judge for the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel in the Central District of California. She also studied at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Anne is active at Tucker Ellis and in her community, including the planning committee for the Tucker Ellis Women’s Initiative Program, the Defense Research Institute, and the board of a local school. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports with her children, and traveling, especially in Latin America.

education & admissions


  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (J.D., 2003); Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs
  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., magna cum laude, 2000); Phi Beta Kappa

state admissions

  • California, 2004
  • District of Columbia, 2004

federal admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California


  • Spanish (Fluent)
services & industries

service areas

industries represented

  • Advertising
  • Banks
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels / Resorts
  • Legal Services (Law Firms)
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Motion Picture & Sound Recording
  • Online/Internet Sales
  • Private Households & Individuals
  • Restaurants
  • Retail Stores
  • Telecommunications

Representative Trials

  • Obtained unanimous defense verdict in 2016 as first chair for product manufacturing and service company in a jury trial arising out of alleged negligence in manufacturing and alleged negligence in maintenance of equipment allegedly causing damages and injuries totaling $5.5 million
  • Secured dismissal of company officer during trial in California state court in 2017 involving allegations seeking civil penalties against the officer individually and business regarding company operations
  • Defended product manufacturer as first chair in a jury trial claiming negligent maintenance of equipment resulting in favorable settlement while in trial
  • Obtained favorable arbitration award as first chair in business dispute involving breach of contract claims
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Implicit Bias: A Discussion on Gender and Multi-Cultural Bias in the Legal Market," DRI International Law Seminar, London, England (June 2018)
  • "Antitrust: The Art of War – Dealing with Mexico’s New Antitrust Enforcers," 2015 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2015)



Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Outstanding Leader, DRI Women in the Law Committee (2017)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers® Rising Stars (2012-2014)
    • The Top Women Attorneys in Southern California (2013, 2014)
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Defense Research Institute
    • Publications Subcommittee of the Women in the Law Committee, Chair
    • Membership Subcommittee of the Women in the Law Committee, Vice Chair
  • American Bar Association
  • UCLA Alumni Association
  • Bruin Professionals
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
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