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Frederick D. Cruz

Associate
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.5039 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Frederick Cruz is an experienced trial attorney who practices in the areas of business litigation and products liability defense.

Freddie represents businesses in commercial contract disputes, construction litigation, products liability litigation and other business-related torts. He also serves on a Tucker Ellis team that acts as national counsel for two Fortune 500 companies, defending their motor vehicle and premises liability cases. He is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including conducting and defending depositions, drafting dispositive and evidentiary motions, and negotiating favorable settlements.

Before pursuing a career in law, Freddie – who also holds a degree in civil engineering – worked with the State Construction Engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation in reintroducing the statewide Construction Partnering Program.

Freddie enjoys spending time outdoors with his family exploring all that Cleveland has to offer and playing recreational sand volleyball, basketball, and golf.

education & admissions

education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2015); Law Review, Articles Editor; Student Bar Association, Vice President; CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Writing
  • The Ohio State University (B.S., 2011)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 2015

federal admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
services & industries
experience
  • As first-chair trial counsel, represented the plaintiff in a construction-related breach of contract and unjust enrichment bench trial, resulting in recovery of 100% of the damages
  • Manages the national defense of personal injury claims related to vehicle fleet operations of a product manufacturer
  • Represents a medical device manufacturer in national pelvic mesh litigation
publications & events

Publications

  • "The Current Legal Landscape for 'Discovery on Discovery,'" materials prepared for "Preparing Corporate Witnesses for Discovery about Discovery and Preservation; Collection and Production Issues," Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts and Products Liability Litigation Committees' Joint CLE Seminar, American Bar Association, Squaw Valley, California (January 2017)

Speaking Engagements

  • "10 Things a GC Needs to Know in the Evolving World of Criminal Investigations and Enforcement," 2016 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2016)
honors
affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • 3Rs Program
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
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