As an attorney at Ruben M. Garcia & Associates, Ltd., Leynee Cruz’s practice areas include guardianship for disabled adults and minors, decedent’s estates, probate approval of injury and wrongful death cases, wills, and trusts. As part of her practice, Leynee has become a regular appointee of the Cook County probate judges to serve as Guardian ad Litem and court-appointed attorney in pending guardianship matters. Additionally, as a native Spanish speaker from South Florida and an active volunteer attorney for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Leynee often receives judicial pro bono appointments to serve Chicago’s largely underrepresented community of low-income and indigent Spanish speaking disabled adults and their families. It is through these broad experiences that Leynee has had an opportunity to represent individuals and families with varying socio-economic backgrounds that often own real estate, businesses, or are involved in ongoing personal injury actions or criminal matters. As a result, Leynee has gained invaluable experience in a variety of practice areas expanding beyond probate and guardianship and has quickly become a respected member of Chicago’s legal community.
Prior to joining Ruben M. Garcia & Associates, Ltd., Leynee was an associate at Zamora & Hillman, a South Florida law firm focused on probate, guardianship, and trusts. At Zamora & Hillman, Leynee’s practice included serving as liaison between the Cuban government, Cuban national beneficiaries, South Florida probate courts and US Federal regulatory bodies, including the Office of Foreign Assets Control to protect the assets of Cuban national beneficiaries.
Leynee’s inspiration to pursue a legal career stemmed from her time at the Guardianship Program of Dade County, Inc. as a legal secretary. During her time there, Leynee earned a National Guardian Certificate and had the privilege of working alongside attorneys and social workers to protect vulnerable indigent and incapacitated adults. Upon graduation from Florida International University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, Leynee decided to pursue her legal dreams and enrolled at St. Thomas University School of Law.
While at St. Thomas University School of Law, Leynee discovered her passion for probate and guardianship. In her 2L year, Leynee founded the Elder Law Society and served as President from 2012 to 2013. During her tenure as President the Elder Law Society was recognized by the school’s student body as the 2013 Organization of the Year. In 2013, Leynee graduated and received her Juris Doctor degree and a Certificate in Elder Law.
Leynee moved to Chicago in 2014 and quickly immersed herself in the Chicago legal community. As an active member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Leynee has served for two terms on the HLAI Charities’ Board of Directors. Additionally, Leynee is an active member in the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, attending multiple events every month.
Florida International University, B.A 2010
St. Thomas University College of Law, J.D. 2014