Vito De La Cruz — Attorney at Law

Over 30 Years of Trial Experience

In 2011, Vito de la Cruz joined the Tamaki team with over 27 years of trial experience. Vito earned his undergraduate degree from Yale and his law degree from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law in Berkeley, California.

Over the years, Vito has tried over a hundred cases to verdict and represented thousands of clients. He has taught trial advocacy at the National Criminal Defense College, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and internationally for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Institute. He strives for justice for his clients and his community.

Distinguished Bar Association Member

Vito is admitted to practice in California, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. He has been admitted to practice before the federal courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, the Eastern District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the Supreme Courts of the States of California, Oregon, and Washington. He is an active Eagle Member of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the Indian Law Section of the Washington State Bar.

Vito has received the Super Lawyer designation every year since 2017. 

  • "Vito believed in my case and showed me that a young African American woman could get justice even against the police officer who abused me."

The Race Conversation

Vito appeared on the Justme (Reka) Show to talk about his journey to becoming a lawyer, the distinction between police and civilians, and the constitutional ramifications of qualified immunity.

A Spanish-Speaking Lawyer

Vito is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. His tri-culturalism (Latino, Native, and American) and experiences growing up in poverty have given him the ability and passion to champion the causes of those injured by others. With Vito, non-English speakers have an attorney who understands and can communicate directly with them. Native clients have someone with whom they share many cultural elements. All of his clients benefit from his aggressive, persistent, ethical, and quality representation.

Vito es completamente bilingüe en inglés y español y puede conversar en portugués. Se considera tri-cultural, es decir latino, indígena y americano, y la experiencia de haber sido criado en pobreza le han dado la habilidad y la motivación de luchar por los que han sido lesionados. Con Vito, los que no hablan inglés como primer idioma tendrán un abogado que los entiende y se podrá comunicar directamente con ellos. Los clientes indígenas encontrarán a alguien quien comparte muchos aspectos de sus culturas. Todos los clientes de Vito se beneficiarán de su representación agresiva, persistente, ética y de calidad.

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