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Anne Swoboda Cruz

Partner
Los Angeles, CA | D 213.430.3314 | F 213.430.3409
overview

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

Anne handles compliance matters, regulatory issues, and liability disputes for companies making, distributing, advertising, and selling their products and services. She has represented manufacturers, entertainment entities, telecommunications companies, food companies, and retailers. Anne counsels companies on disputes about their products, regulatory issues, unfair competition claims, and marketplace challenges, including e-commerce. Anne is experienced in dealing with product development regulations and advertising and operations issues. She has represented clients ranging from small local companies to international corporations in a broad array of commercial disputes. 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

education

  • 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

languages

  • 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
experience

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

  • “Antitrust: The Art of War – Dealing with Mexico’s New Antitrust Enforcers,” 2015 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2015)

Publications

honors

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)
affiliations
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