Associate

Leynee A. Cruz

Leynee A. Cruz
Practice Areas

Estate & Trust Administration & Litigation

Education

St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D., Certificate in Elder Law (2013)

Florida International University, B.A., Public Administration (2010)

Bar & Court Admissions

Illinois

Florida

Languages

Spanish

Licensed in both Florida and Illinois, Leynee Cruz delivers remarkable client assistance and guidance during emotional and trying times. Her practical approach and unparalleled responsiveness is highly valued by clients, making them feel at ease every step of the way.

Understanding that individuals seeking her services have likely suffered a loss, Leynee advises her clients with compassion and respect in all aspects of probate and guardianship administration and litigation. This includes drafting powers of attorneys, wills, trusts, transfer on death instruments, counseling clients on the distribution of non-probate assets and presenting accountings on behalf of individual guardians and financial institutions. She is often appointed as Guardian Ad Litem by Cook County Probate Division judges to assist in matters relating to adult and minor guardianship.

Leynee also provides exceptional representation in trust and estate administration matters, from the initiation of proceedings to the discharge of personal representatives. While practicing in South Florida, she worked alongside Cuban attorneys in Havana, Cuba, representing Cuban national beneficiaries.

Leynee received her J.D and Certificate in Elder Law from St. Thomas University School of Law in Florida. Prior to receiving her degree she founded and served as president of the Elder Law Society, which was recognized in 2013 as the Student Bar Association's Organization of the Year.

Her passion for elder law extends well beyond her practice. In 2014, she volunteered at the Center for Disability & Elder Law in Chicago where she advised, drafted and executed estate planning documents for low-income elderly and disabled clients. She is currently a member of the Young Professionals Board for the Center for Disability & Elder Law.

Leynee is president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association. She is currently on the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Council.  

She has been selected as a 2019 Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor earned by only 2.5 percent of Illinois attorneys, and in 2019 was named to the Latinos 40 under 40 list by Negocios Now.

In her free time, Leynee enjoys exploring Chicago, traveling to new places and going to the beach. She stays active by practicing yoga and skiing.