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Nanette P Cruz

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Orlando, FL

4.6   14 reviews

About Nanette

Learn Nanette’s areas of practice.

Nanette Cruz was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Nanette attended the University of Central Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies. A few years after graduating from UCF, Nanette worked as a litigation paralegal prior to attending law school.

Nanette attended Florida A&M University College of Law and graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctorate.While a student at FAMU, Nanette was involved with the Student Bar Association, the Hispanic American Law Student Association and was inducted to FAMU’s Law Review. Nanette was also awarded the Dean’s Top Performer Scholarship and was on the Dean’s List.

After graduating from law school and admission to the Florida Bar, Nanette began practicing Personal Injury, Probate and Social Security Disability Claims and Federal Appeals. In 2016, Nanette was offered a partnership position at The Michael Reese Law Firm to continue her efforts of representing individuals who need disability benefits. Nanette also served as a Guardian ad Litem for the Orange County Legal Aid Society representing children in need and as an attorney advisor for Orange County Teen Court.

In addition to practicing law, Nanette is very active in her community and church. Nanette was the Kindergarten Director at Whole Life Church from 2008-2019. Nanette served as a board member at Orlando Junior Academy, the school where one of her two daughters attended through 2018.  Nanette also served in the Executive Committee and the Association Board of Trustees for the Florida Conference of Seventh Day Adventists for 6 years.  Nanette currently serves as a member of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee for the Florida Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.

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Licensed for 12 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Nanette

The Michael Reese Law Firm
6735 Conroy Rd., Suite 303
Orlando, FL, 32835

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by Rhonda | July 14, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
She got the job done
I couldn't have done it without her. Thank you Nanette ! I'm sending a few your way. One is my daughter. Thanks again, Rhonda
Posted by Sue | March 10, 2022
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So thankful for Nanette’s help!
I contacted the Michael Reese Law Firm after my adult son was involved in a near-fatal car accident. I spoke with Nanette Cruz regarding representing him for Social Security benefits. Nanette assured me she was very confident my son would qualify for benefits and then moved quickly to schedule his case for what turned out to be a successful SSI hearing. The Social Security Administration process from hearing to actually awarding benefits can take many months. However, when evaluating the attorney who put the process in motion, I could have not been more pleased than I was with Nanette. Unfortunately, after he received approval, my son had a misstep which could have caused him to lose all benefits, but Nanette immediately filed an appeal. She successfully explained my son’s misunderstanding and had his benefits reinstated. I could not be more grateful for Nanette’s original success and then for her expertise that saved my son’s benefits. My son’s life has been tremendously improved and we will never be able to thank her enough. She is an exceptional attorney who cares greatly about the welfare of her clients. I recommend Nanette Cruz at the Michael Reese Law Firm completely and without reservation.
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Posted by Dania Perez | February 15, 2022
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Phenomenal Attorney!
I was attempting to handle my own disability case for some time. After about a year with no success, I finally decided to hire a lawyer, and I am so grateful to have found Attorney Nanette Cruz. Mrs. Cruz was extremely professional from the very beginning. Her dedicated team always maintained contact with me throughout the life of my case, she was able to obtain all the relevant evidence early on, and she took the time to sit with me before my hearing. I was nervous at first, but I felt well prepared when I went before the Judge. I am happy to report that I have been fully approved for my disability, which makes a huge difference in my life. The quality I received from this office, cannot be found in the larger firms. If you're looking for quality, and not just size, I highly recommend Reese Legal. Thank you Nanette!
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Posted by Ana Frances | February 12, 2022
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Muy contenta con su servicio
Buenas tardes mi nombre es Ana Francis estoy tan agradecida con la abogada Cruz. Ella es Latina y tiene el diálogo para hablar con un latino. Fue un honor trabajar con ustedes. Le deseo muchas felicidades en el día del amor.
Posted by Miguel | February 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Communication Skills
Ms Cruz took over my case on it a worst point, when everything was on the negative and denied 3 previous instances. From day one I felt something different with Ms Cruz that made me be at ease, and full of optimism and confidence about the outcome. She didn’t disappointed me. She listened to my concerns from day one, responding to my phone calls , texts and emails expeditiously. She provided the latest information pertaining to the case keeping me inform at all times. Her plan of action was timely, on target, and realistic. I’m so grateful she was on my side. Her passion, dedication, and professionalism is unparalleled . I’ve hired two others lawyers previous to Ms. Cruz and none of them came closed to her way of conducting business, She’s all about conducting it the right way. Neither to say, the outcome was favorable, thanks to Ms Cruz’s amazing work! She is worthy!
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Posted by Joshua | February 11, 2022
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Amazing work
After having an unsuccessful attempt at getting my case started at Morgan and Morgan, Nanette went above and beyond to make sure she did everything possible to help. I am truly satisfied with the way she quickly and professionally took care of my case and got me the best results possible. I truly recommend hiring her as your attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2021
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The Best Lawyer!
Nanette Cruz was my lawyer for social security disability. She is an extremely professional, hard working, efficient and most of all is a very attentive Lawyer and kind person. I highly recommend her services to anyone who Is looking for a very positive outcome as I did.
Posted by Thom Richards | August 25, 2021
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Above and Beyond the Call
Nanette has been a constant advisor in our SSDI journey. Helping to navigate all the confusion. Alleviating a lot of unnecessary stress. Always available. Always rising to any challenge. I highly recommend Nanette to anyone in need of someone to champion their cause with the Social Security Administration.
Posted by Barbara | August 20, 2021
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SSDI
This is my 2nd time hiring Nanette Cruz. For my husband then for myself. She’s a brilliant attorney. I am grateful for her passion dedication, and professionalism. I have worked with other attorneys before, for other reasons, but she is truly the best I’ve worked with. Thank you so much.
Posted by Paul | August 29, 2019
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Very informative and helpful
I was initially denied benefits. Ms Cruz appealed my case and represented me in court. Following my court appearance I was granted full benefits. Miss Cruz was well prepared, all of my documentation was in order, and her knowledge of my case was excellent. In addition her office staff was knowledgeable and helpful as well. I highly recommend her and her firm.
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Posted by Mardly | August 19, 2019
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Customer
We would like to recommend Nanette Cruz, from Disability Champions, for providing exceptional representation to my uncle, who suffered a heart attack and severe stroke. After such a shocking event, he became permanently disabled, non-verbal, and has less than 20% of his heart that will ever function. Ms. Cruz has been a great listener and advocate for the disabled. Her experience, organizational skills, and ability to stay focused in the middle of much chaos have been reassuring. Because of her attention to detail and dedication, she was able to work through the social security minutia and he received his benefits. She has made an impactful difference in our lives. Ms. Cruz has become a trusted resource to our family whenever we receive correspondence from SSI. Her unwavering enthusiasm and commitment are evident from the results she was able to achieve with my uncle. We would like to commend Ms. Cruz and Disability Champions, as they have our highest recommendation. Ms. Cruz is an exemplary leader that understands that each person/case is unique and benefits from experienced attorneys who care and obtain results.
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2015
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2014
Mrs. Cruz handled by Social Security disability claim. Mrs. Cruz and her assistant were very professional and caring. I was very pleased with the outcome of my claim. I would recommend Mrs. Cruz to everyone I know who may be fighting for their disability benefits.
Posted by William | October 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
GREAT JOB, NO FOLLOWUP
She did a great job representing me in my SSA Disability Hearing, but after that was done, I have tried to contact her regarding a second claim, and NOTHING! It seems her assistant/s block access to her, or maybe she's requested no contact with former clients. Regardless, it's unprofessional! I just tried to contact her again, and will post again with a better review if she replies.
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Response from Nanette Cruz December 7, 2020
I am sorry I never received your message. Please call my direct line at 407-704-1764 and I would be more than happy to talk to you. I can assure you that I want to always keep contact with former clients. Nanette
Posted by mark | May 15, 2013
social security disability case
handled my disability case and after hearing told me she was leaving firm. after trying to contact her after I was denied she would not call back or give advice me on what to do even though she said if I got denied I had a good chance on appeal.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 20%-40%
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner/Attorney
  • The Michael Reese Law Firm
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Morgan & Morgan
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • The Coye Law Firm
  • 2010 - 2013

Education

  • Florida A&M University, College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Henry v. Commissioner of Soc. Sec., 802 F.3d 1264 (11th Cir. 2015)
  • Court concluded that the ALJ erred in both respects. Therefore, they reversed the decision of the district court and remanded for further proceedings.

Associations

  • Florida Conference Constitution & Bylaws Committee
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2016 - 2021
  • Florida Conference Association Board of Trustees
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Elite Lawyer
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • 2020
  • Best in Administrative Law
  • Legal Elite Awards
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • City of Dunedin Hale Senior Center
  • SSI/Social Security Disability
  • 2022

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Administrative law Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. She is compassionate, committed and extremely driven to getting the best result for her clients."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Nanette is a firecracker, and she will leave no stone unturned in her effort to help you with your legal matter."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Nanette is an excellent attorney providing exceptional and aggressive representation for those in need of legal assistance. I highly recommend her for anyone in need of an attorney."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Social Security & Disability
Orlando Social Security & Disability Lawyer Nanette P Cruz
Nanette P Cruz
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Orlando, FL
Licensed for 12 years