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Debra B Cruz

Divorce and separation Attorney at Towson, MD

5.0   3 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 32 years
    Maryland - MD 33 years
    Florida - FL 42 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1991
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1981
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Debra

Learn Debra’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Many aspects of divorce exact painful consequences not only for the litigants but also for parties that are not directly involved with the action but are indirectly vulnerable nonetheless. To ameliorate unintended harms to the fullest extent.

  2. Family
    If you are seeking assistance with matters related to Family Law, including divorce and separation, we know that this is a difficult time for you and the people in your life.

  3. Litigation
    Our specialists provide advice and counsel, from the onset of matrimonial difficulties, regarding separation agreements and the impact of divorce, with an emphasis on business valuation, alimony, monetary awards, and child support.

  4. Child custody
    Through development of a cohesive strategy that leaves no stone unturned, we can help maximize resources and minimize negative financial consequences. These strategies are fully and transparently communicated to both the client and within the firm.

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    We can also help to prevent legal conflicts down the road by protecting our clients’ assets through development of pre-marital agreements.


Debra Cruz, originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, received her Juris Doctor degree in 1980 from the University of Florida, where she was a National Trial Advocacy participant, served on the Law School’s Honor court as a prosecutor, and prosecuted misdemeanors on behalf of the State of Florida as a graduate of the Criminal Internship Program. A graduate of the University of Florida With Honors in 1976, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Ms. Cruz began her private practice in Miami, Florida where she defended and prosecuted individuals and businesses in unfair competition, negligence and contract claims in the state and federal trial and appellate courts, where her trial opinions have been published. She also frequently volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem, appointed by the courts to represent the needs of children in custody disputes involving claims of abuse. Ms. Cruz joined both the Maryland and Washington, D.C. bars in 1991.

Ms. Cruz concentrates her practice on domestic relations, zealously representing individuals who are involved in divorces or custody disputes, helping them obtain a fair and equitable division of marital property, child support, alimony, and obtaining access to or visitation with their children in the Maryland Courts and through mediation. Ms. Cruz also defends persons accused of environmental torts. A member of the Baltimore City Family Law Committee, she frequently lectures on recent developments in Maryland Family Law. Ms. Cruz is also a long standing member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Baltimore City Bar Association and the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland Peer Review Committee, where she assists in the resolution of citizen complaints about attorneys. She is also a member of the Bench and Bar Committee, working to improve communication between attorneys and judges.

The mother of a competitive figure skater and an ice skater herself, Ms. Cruz avidly supports the wholesome effect of the sport on young people and adults alike.


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Posted by Scott | September 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Debra is a genius
Debra handled my contentious divorce and was masterful in her handling of my difficult ex-wife, resulting in an expeditious and favorable outcome. She is efficient, no-nonsense, personable, ans most importantly effective. I would highly recommend her for anyone in need!
Posted by Tami | September 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The very best of the best!!!!
My attorney, Debra Cruz, saved me & my son's emotional and physical well being- literally. My life was completely torn apart at the beginning of my separation. There was absolutely no light at the end of my tunnel. Debra's education, expertise, & emotional support saved me from losing my son. She walked my family and I through each & every step- always guiding and supporting me. She never failed me- not even once. The court proceedings got extremely confusing & technical for me to handle. A lot of divorcees choose to attempt to "go at it" alone- under no circumstance do I recommend that. Words could never begin the gratitude that I have for Ms. Cruz. And although my case has since been closed- Debra still makes her self available to me for questions &/or concerns about the future. I have battled many many issues both personally & with my ex husband & without Debra, I don't necessarily know I could have made it through. I still have to go back to court at some point late next year- and I can only pray that she and her team are 100% behind my son and I again!
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Posted by Mark | September 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Deborah Cruz
Debra has been extremely helpful due to her knowledge regarding claims against me. She has managed to resolve several cases in my favor and is truly a gifted litigator


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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980


  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Baltimore Carroll Chapter of the Women's Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney Greivance Commission Peer Review Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Foxmoor Continuing Education
  • Practical Civil Litigation Skills for Paralegals
  • 2014
  • Continuing Legal Education for Professionals
  • Advanced Issues in Divorce
  • 2014
  • Continuing Legal Education for Professionals
  • The Rules of Evidence - A Practical Toolkit
  • 2014
  • Continuing Legal Education for Professionals
  • Divorce Litigation From Start to Finish
  • 2013
  • Continuing Legal Education for Professionals
  • Advanced Issues in Divorce
  • 2013
  • Continuing Education
  • Handling Divorce Cases From Start to Finish
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
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Family Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Debra is an outstanding attorney and is the Chair of the Family Law Committee of the Baltimore City Bar Association. She is dedicated to improving the legal community and is quite knowledgeable about family law matters and litigation."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Debra is a very skilled and knowledgeable practitioner. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Debra is one of the brightest and most gifted lawyers I have had the pleasure of working with over the years. She understands complicated marital issues in order to compose a strategy that best suits her clients. I highly recommend her."

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Towson Divorce and separation Lawyer Debra B Cruz
Debra B Cruz
Divorce and separation Attorney
Towson, MD
Licensed for 42 years
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