A native of Houston, Texas, William H. (“Cruz”) Shaw III has a passion for helping people in his community. This passion is reflected in his educational, professional, and public service pursuits.
He is a 1999 graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, with a focus on juvenile corrections.
In 2009, Cruz graduated from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November of that same year. While in law school, he was a member of the Hispanic Law Student Association and the Black Law Student Association. He also participated in the Criminal Defense Legal Clinic in 2008 and 2009, winning awards for his trial advocacy. From 2008 through 2009, Cruz was a law clerk at the Law Office of Johnny W. Thomas and joined the practice as an attorney in 2009 until 2010. There, Cruz focused his practice in the area of Federal bankruptcy and the United States Bankruptcy Code.
In September 2010, Cruz opened his own law practice in San Antonio’s historic Eastside community. The Law Office of William H. Shaw, PLLC handles probate, personal injury, contract negotiations, and criminal law.
Cruz has an unparalleled dedication to public service and is actively involved in the San Antonio community. He is a member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio, and served as the Chairman of the San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) Board. He is also a member of the San Antonio Bar Association and the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. Additionally, Cruz is a member of 41st Leadership San Antonio class. He continues to work on issues including police community relations, community and economic development, and San Antonio youth and crime. Cruz previously served San Antonio as the Chairman of the San Antonio Zoning Commission from 2015 through 2016 after joining the commission in 2013. His past service also includes a term as Vice President of the San Antonio Black Lawyers Association.
Prior to all of this work in the legal profession and in the San Antonio community, Cruz served his country as a Yeoman Second Class in the United States Navy Reserves from 2003 until 2011; he was stationed in San Antonio and Singapore.
When he has spare time, Cruz enjoys spending time with his family and his wife Michelle. Cruz is an active parishioner of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.