Chris Cruz

Career Associate

Orange County

Chris Cruz is an associate in the Orange County office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.  Chris has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in a wide range of complex and multiparty matters including contract disputes, product liability actions, and employment matters.  His work as an in-house attorney has provided him with special insight into the needs of his clients and their practical concerns allowing Chris to efficiently guide clients to the best possible outcomes.

Chris spent more than two years as Associate General Counsel for Western Dental Services, Inc. where he provided day-to-day legal guidance for a privately held company with more than 150 office locations and over 4,000 employees. This included counsel on litigation matters, employee relations issues, compliance issues, and contract negotiations. More recently, Chris served an extended secondment with The Dow Chemical Company as a Case Manager in Dow’s Asbestos, Products Liability & Insurance Litigation Group.  In this capacity, he managed the asbestos and premises litigation dockets for Union Carbide and Dow throughout the western and central United States. This involved the oversight of thousands of ongoing product liability cases including advising the litigation management team on case evaluation, resolution, and business strategies, along with directing outside counsel teams, and negotiating settlement packages.

Chris is a member of the Orrick team acting as National Counsel and trial counsel to Union Carbide Corporation in connection with its ongoing asbestos-related product liability litigation.  In that role, Chris shares responsibility in developing and coordinating trial and appellate defense strategy. He has also successfully litigated a number of these cases through pre-trial and trial stages, and has negotiated countless favorable settlements.

On the employment front, Chris uses his in-house experience to provide his clients with practical solutions to their complex compensation and wrongful termination issues, and strives to help clients avoid litigation before it begins.

  • Chris is also active in pro bono matters representing asylees in civil litigation, removal proceedings, asylum petitions, applications for adjustment of residency status, and applications for naturalization. 

    Chris is an avid fan of Chelsea F.C., and a founding member of Carefree California, a Chelsea supporters club.