Marisa Cruz Hurd



  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 2003
    Stanford Law Review
    Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Award for Best Moot Court Brief

  • Rice University, B.A. in English, 1998
    Cum Laude

Marisa Cruz Hurd


713.523.2358 – phone

713.522.4553 – fax

Marisa Hurd came to the realization that she wanted to attend law school when—while working as a proofreader after undergraduate graduation–she had the opportunity to assist on an amicus brief in a landmark constitutional Due Process case in the U.S. Supreme Court. After graduating from law school, Marisa began honing her research and writing skills as a law clerk for Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr., at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. For the next several years, she practiced with Baker Botts L.L.P. in its litigation practice. She helped her clients successfully navigate a wide range of complex commercial (including bet-the-business) disputes in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration. She also drafted successful appellate briefs for clients defending their trial wins and attacking their trial losses. At the same time, Marisa enjoyed taking on pro bono matters through nonprofit community partnerships; she especially fought to attain asylum for a client who had fled religious persecution in his home country. Most recently, prior to joining Alexander Dubose & Jefferson, Marisa served as a chambers staff attorney for eight years at the Fourteenth Court of Appeals-Houston. Marisa’s research and writing skills, coupled with her lengthy state and federal appellate court experience, ensure that her briefing is not only creative and thorough, but also strongly grounded in practicality, the record, and the law.

+Court Admissions

State Bar of Texas

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

+Community Involvement

Chair, St. Pius X High School-Houston Board of Directors

Trustee, St. Pius X High School-Houston Foundation Board