Gustavo “Tavo” Cruz Jr. JD ’93
Gustavo J. Cruz Jr. JD ’93, an attorney at the Portland law firm Farleigh Wada Witt, received the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association’s Paul J. DeMuniz Professionalism Award for exemplary professionalism; significant contribution to the justice system and the public; exceptional courage in the face of adversity; outstanding service to the bench, bar, and people of Oregon; exceptional volunteer work; and service to OHBA and the Latino community. Cruz’s law practice focuses on commercial finance and other business transactions. He has extensive experience in both private practice and as in-house counsel, and has handled negotiation and documentation of commercial loan transactions, distressed loans and work-outs, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and other business matters. Cruz is the board chair of Prosper Portland (formerly known as the Portland Development Commission), the urban renewal agency for the City of Portland, and a board member of Portland Center Stage and several other organizations. He has served as the chair of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the chair of both the Business Law and Securities Law sections of the Oregon State Bar, in addition to numerous other boards and committees.
Joined Farleigh Wada Witt, a full-service business and financial services law firm in Portland, Oregon. Cruz’s practice focuses on commercial finance, corporate finance, and general business. He has over 20 years of experience representing banks, commercial lenders, and other financial service providers in complex commercial loan transactions. Cruz currently serves as a commissioner for the Portland Development Commission and is on several nonprofit boards.