Maribel Cruz

Lead Litigator

Cruz_MaribelA trial lawyer at heart, Maribel Cruz loves analyzing the law and fitting the law to the facts of her clients’ cases to obtain the biggest benefit.

Ms. Cruz said every family is different thus the analysis always changes whether she has seen the same facts or used the same law. Her ability to think on her feet and provide quick analysis of facts and laws is particularly helpful during trial or deposition.

“To me, my cases are like playing chess,” Ms. Cruz said. “I want to think ahead as far as possible and determine the various likely outcomes so that my clients and I are prepared for any possible scenario.”

The family law process is filled with emotional highs and lows and can be extremely confusing, she said.

“Through it all your attorney should guide you through with strength, determination, and an ability to provide clear and concise information so that you can make informed decisions,” Ms. Cruz said. “Most importantly, I feel a great sense of accomplishment when my clients are satisfied with their outcome and feel that I have provided some solace through a difficult time.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Cruz is licensed in Texas.


Ms. Cruz graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown and received her Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law.

Professional Experience

Ms. Cruz began practicing as an insurance defense attorney in Houston and then in San Antonio.

She then helped develop a small firm practice representing small San Antonio businesses as well as family matters.

The family law practice included simple and complex divorces, child custody modifications, child support modifications, adoptions and terminations, and drafting gestational agreements for both heterosexual and homosexual clients.

Ms. Cruz is also an adjunct teacher at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Ms. Cruz belongs to the San Antonio Bar Association – Family Law Section and the Texas State Bar Association – Family Law Section.


San Antonio Scene magazine selected Ms. Cruz as one of its 2013 Rising Stars in the San Antonio law community based on nominations by her peers in the legal industry.

In 2014, San Antonio Scene Magazine named Ms. Cruz as one of the attorneys on its Best Lawyers 2014 list.

Ms. Cruz was recognized in 2014 as a Texas Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers. In 2017, she was named a Super Lawyer.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Watch Ms. Cruz’s lecture, presented with Raul Sandoval, from Cordell & Cordell’s 2016 Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Evidence Best Practices.”

Maribel has contributed responses to Ask a Lawyer questions on



“… I am so thankful that I found Maribel. She has been a godsend. She has worked miracles for me. I would also like to commend your firm on your follow up with your clients throughout their case to make sure the attorneys are keeping up. Stereotypically, attorneys are terrible with getting back to their clients. I really appreciate you all finding a solution for this common trend in your industry. …”


“Maribel is phenomenal. She is very very good at what she does. She is very busy but always keeps me in mind. I really appreciate that. “


“Maribel is a top-notch class act. I will forever come to Cordell & Cordell and specifically Maribel. She will always be who I go to if I ever need help. Even if she’s not available, I will still use Cordell & Cordell. I have referred Cordell & Cordell to every father I know that has gotten screwed over in a divorce. … My current wife is using you all as well. It’s a little bit more expensive, but to me it’s been worth it. Maribel was just as passionate about my daughter and her well being as I am. She was not just an attorney, she actually cared about my family. That goes a long way when dealing with such a scary situation.”


“Maribel is great. Prior to court/mediation, I knew she was very knowledgeable based off of her experience. I really appreciate her. She is seriously impressive in the court room. … I say that with confidence. …Maribel is so aggressive and decisive. She really is great.”


“Maribel has represented me very well. She always thinks about all of the things I would never think of. Her experience made me feel confident that I had great representation in court. I have been very satisfied.”


“Maribel did an absolutely fantastic job! I met her during my initial consultation and she left an impact on me. I specifically requested her moving forward. The impression that she left on me was proven throughout my case. She did a great job! …”


“Maribel is wonderful! She’s good at what she does and very considerate with her clients. Anytime you can build that kind of a relationship when working with someone, it’s almost more of a friendship. This was very comforting when going through something like this.”


“Maribel is very good at being responsive. I’ve worked with several attorneys in the past. In comparison, she’s been exceptionally responsive. … I appreciate the transparency in [the] billing.”


“Megan was more than just professional. Always responsive, reliable, informative and honest in her assessments and when giving advice.”

*Check out more Cordell & Cordell reviews of Maribel and the rest of our Texas attorneys.


Ms. Cruz has conducted pro bono divorce cases with the Community Justice Center.