Cherish De la Cruz
Cherish De la Cruz is a 1994 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Sociology from the University of Western, Ontario. Ms. De la Cruz earned her law degree from the University of Iowa in 2003, where among her other achievements and leadership roles, she was a member of the Journal of Corporation Law.
She began her legal career at the Public Defender’s Office Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida where she tried numerous bench and jury trials. After relocating to Atlanta, Georgia she worked as Senior Counsel for a mutual fund and insurance company.
She was admitted to the State Bar of Florida in 2004 and to the State Bar of Georgia in 2006. Ms. De la Cruz is actively involved in her community and has provided pro bono services for several non-profit organizations and individuals. Ms. De la Cruz is currently a Board Member and Chair of the Judiciary Committee for the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Board Member of the Philippine American Center of Georgia. Ms. De la Cruz is also a member of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, Wealth Counsel, the Gwinnett County Bar Association and Atlanta Bar Association where she is a member of the Estate Planning and Elder Law Sections.
Keisha Benjamin-Powell is a 1997 graduate of Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Political Science. After completing her undergraduate career she worked with the Georgia Department of Labor before deciding to further her education. She subsequently attended Georgia State University College of Law and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, where she earned both her Juris Doctorate and Masters of Public Administration in 2003.
In 2004, Keisha was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General where she represented the Georgia Department of Human Services until 2016. A seasoned litigator and counselor, Keisha has tried hundreds of cases representing the interests of the State of Georgia. These cases have included include Child Welfare Proceedings, Adult Protective Services cases, as well as representing the Office of Inspector General in Fraud and Benefit Recovery cases.
Keisha partnered with De la Cruz Law in 2016, because as a mother of three who has witnessed first-hand the challenges that families face navigating the legal system without a will or estate plan she is determined to help clients approach these issues before a crisis occurs. Keisha has extensive experience as an Agency attorney and is committed to using this experience to better serve and to assist clients with navigating these waters. As an agency attorney Keisha has practiced before the Juvenile Courts, the Probate Court, Superior Court, and the State Office of Administrative Hearings and will use her trial experience to represent individuals and their loved ones as they navigate the Medicaid process. This expertise and work with government agencies is an invaluable asset to clients who need a skilled and competent advocate.
Keisha has always been committed to serving families and intends to use her experience to serve families who must interact with large government agencies especially in times of crisis.
Keisha is committed to serving her community. In addition to routinely handling pro bono cases in her spare time, she is a founding member of the Gwinnett County Minority Bar Association. She is also a member of National Association of Counsel for Children and Georgia Association of Counsel for Children. A fluent Spanish speaker, she is committed to helping lay persons navigate the legal system.
After her own personal experience of losing a close family member to cancer and facing the emotional and legal difficulties of her family member’s disability and eventual death, Ms. De la Cruz decided to leave corporate practice and focus on helping others through Estate Planning and Elder Law. As a mother of three young children and daughter of baby boomer parents, she understands the complexities and challenges of helping multigenerational families, like her own, prepare for life’s uncertainties while preserving a legacy for future generations.
With over 15 years of varied legal experience, we offer our clients an efficient, team approach to deliver personalized and exceptional legal representation.
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