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Nelson De La Cruz

Family Attorney at Bronx, NY

3.5   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2009
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Nelson

Learn Nelson’s areas of practice.

When asked what kind of law I specialize in, I often pause before answering because lawyers are expected to focus on one area of the law. As a matter of voume and frequency, most of my cases are in family and matrimonial law but I also handle landlord tenant cases, commercial litigation, real estate litigation. immigration,  bankruptcy and other general practice matters. However, my true expertise lies in listening and understanding what it is that is threatening my client's legal interests and finding the most cost and time effective solution to the same, irrespective of the area of the law. Often times, that involves me handling the legal issue myself and in other limited occessions, it means referring the matter to someone with a different skillset than I have. Clients who contact me can count on receiving an honest assessment of their situation and receiving cost-effective services suitable to their budget. 

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3542 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY, 10469

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  11 customer reviews
Posted by Hasim | September 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
I’ll be totally honest with you guys I’ve never met a lawyer, that actually fought for his client as if it was his family member, or better yet as if he was fighting for his own freedom . This man is nothing short of amazing at his job & he definitely knows the law inside out . I wouldent recommend putting my money in anyone’s hands if it’s not Nelson de La Cruz . Not to mention he’s affordable & willing to work with you . At the time I first retained him I was incarcerated in federal jail on charges of racketeering conspiracy & extortion conspiracy held without bond . Within 30 days of Nelson bein my lawyer he was able to secure me a bail & get me back home to my family . Throughout the duration of the case Nelson’s communication with both me and my loved ones was always priority and we loved that about him . His knowledge and his delivery with what he brings to the table as an attorney makes him that much more valuable to you as his client & of course to your case furthermore, securing the BEST possible outcome . In conclusion with my criminal history bein very extensive & other factors ( such as evidence against me ) I did ultimately decide to pled guilty. But the fight did not stop there with Nelson . Through motions filed & countless hearings he was able to secure me a beyond favorable plea deal . I was facing a maximum of 40 years in prison, I ended up with a 2 year prison sentence & NO restitution ! I really can’t stop thanking Nelson De La Cruz I strongly recommend him to anyone fighting a criminal case .
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Posted by Maria | September 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pit bull
I had a family case which was dragged out in court for 18(!!!!) years , when I hired Mr. De La Cruz it was my lucky day! This lawyer is no joke. Very aggressive, yet professional. He was always on time, constantly in touch with me, I never had to leave more than one message, and he called me right back in a matter of few hours at most. He prepared me before each court appearance, listened all my concerns and dilemmas and give sharp, professional options or suggestions. I’m extremely happy that this “never ending “ case is finally over, and we won it after so many years! Of course the other side tried everything to drag it out even longer, but I had such an incredible “pit bull”, it’s literally what the other side called him, so they just settled. I’m very satisfied with Mr. De La Cruz’s services and absolutely can recommend him . He just the guy you need!
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Holdover in the Bronx advisement
Spoke with Mr De La Cruz about a fairly complicated aggravating holdover case. He offered some good advice and clear expectations on how he can assist and possible outcomes I should be prepared for.
Posted by Cedes | December 27, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best family attorney in Bronx county
Nelson De La Cruz is a thoughtful and experienced family attorney! He is extremely knowledgeable in law and you can only benefit from his services and advice. Although I only received a free consultation his advice was accurate to a T. Not only was his information accurate, but it allowed me to further proceed with a process I had absolutely no knowledge on whatsoever. Thank you Nelson De La Cruz! The true definition of what a lawyer should be. If i ever needed services in the future he would be the first I'd contact and I know he'd be worth every penny!
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Posted by David | December 6, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Sound advice
Extremely detailed, straight to the point, very open, and compassionate while offering many options to work with. Took extra time to answer all my questions despite busy schedule.
Posted by Nadia | November 12, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
Quick to respond. Accurate information, and provides the proof with links to follow up on.
Posted by Sharon | December 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Initial Consultation
Nelson was very thorough with listening to my case and my needs. He took the time to review a few of the documents that had already been filed and was able to give me a few next step. He is willing to work with a client's finances and is not out to get paid as many lawyers are. He was very knowledgeable and responded quickly to my email and calls.
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Posted by Afia | June 11, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do Not Hire!!
CAT Law Office, hired this attorney as an Independent contractor. He worked with us only for a day and a half and submitted a bill of $3600.00 for his hours for a particular client and additional amounts towards expenses including Uber reimbursements. He was very well made aware of the fact that this client is struggling to pay and has paid our office only $4000. This attorney exhausted the entire over a period of one single day. Some of the work done was not very necessary. We did let him know that we have scheduled his payment but he would need to be a bit patient until the bank can process it. We further had to talk to the client regarding this exceptionally high bill. Since then, this attorney has simply been condescending, arrogant and has tried to put undue pressure on us(by threatening us constantly) so that he's paid immediately. In our opinion he does not care about a client at all and all he is interested is the money!! This client is a domestic violence victim with a child and makes very little money. As an employer, hiring Nelson was a terrible decision. He does not extend basic common courtesies. I would not advice other attorneys to work with Nelson or clients to retain him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
3 Years And Nothing Do Not Ignore The Other 1 Star Reviews
Hired him for a divorce in 2021, it’s 2024. Months turned into Years of trying to call, email, and request my money back. I’ve never experienced this kind of behavior/treatment from an attorney, you hire lawyers when you need help and trust they’ll do their job. I live in another state as well so it’s quite impossible to know what my next steps to circumvent finalizing my divorce another way is. Nelson promised to take care of me. Nothing but a financial and emotional nightmare.
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Posted by anabela | April 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired this lawyer, up front he took my money and never filed my case in civil court, after a while he lied, didn't show up for conference calls, never answered my calls, emails and texts. His voice mailbox was full, and I couldn't leave any messages. He is a crook, don't hire him. I referred him to my brother's case and he also cheated us out of a lot of money. God don't like ugly.
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nelson De La Cruz representation
I was a client of Nelson de la Cruz who repressed me on a matter with a retainer agreement and addendum of retainer who stopped communicating with me for over a month and failed to submit his work on time on numerous occasions prolonging my case for over 3 months with the same excuse each time.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Nelson De La Cruz
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Robert P. Santoriella, P.C.
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Solo & Contract Attorney
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Associate Director
  • UBS AG
  • 2007 - 2010
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  • Pace University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Syracuse University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • D Felony - Assault in Second Degree 120.05(2) disposed via plea to a Violation - Disorderly Conduct 240.20(1)
  • Felony Dismissed - Plea to Violation
  • ECB Violations Dismissed
  • Summonses Dismissed


  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (0)
Endorse Nelson
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer unreservedly."
Family Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer having read many of his answers on AVVO."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very skilled and caring. I endorse this lawyer."
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Bronx Family Lawyer Nelson De La Cruz
Nelson De La Cruz
Family Attorney
Bronx, NY
Licensed for 14 years