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Michael Andrew Garbe

also known as Andy Garbe

About Me



Attorney and Counselor at Law


Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Andy Garbe was a gold-miner, weather observer on offshore oilrigs, and finally spent sixteen years as a paramedic with the Anchorage Fire Department.  Andy and his wife, Christie, moved to Austin in 2005 so that he could attend law school at the University Texas.  During law school, Andy clerked for the City of Austin Law Department and participated in the Criminal Defense and Actual Innocence clinics.  After graduation, Andy headed north for a one-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Stephanie Joannides in Anchorage.  Andy’s clerkship gave him insight into how judges think and what they look for in ruling on a case.


Prior to opening the Garbe Law Firm, Andy Garbe prosecuted cases in Austin Municipal Court and the Downtown Austin Community Court.  He has tried hundreds of cases before judges and juries, and resolved thousands more.  Andy also taught trial skills to newly hired prosecutors and has instructed hundreds of APD officers about testifying in court.  Andy knows how prosecutors and police officers think and will put that knowledge to work for you.




  • Bachelor of Arts in History, The University of Alaska, Anchorage

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas




  • State Bar of Texas

  • College of the State Bar of Texas

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association

  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • American Bar Association

  • Austin Bar Association

  • University of Texas-Texas Exes Life Member





Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    3 years, 30 cases
  2. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 30%
    5 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    3 years
  4. Expungement: 10%



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Peter John Marek

    6 years of law practice with three as a former City attorney prosecutor is very court experienced. Knowledge of the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions here. Andy has a huge advantage over many defense attorneys having been former prosecutor. "They know that he knows what they know". Client reviews in his case are the ultimate compliment and they are stellar. READ THEM! Endorsements from peer attorneys are also outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him ASAP.


    Peter Marek Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sean Cleary

    I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community.


    Sean Cleary Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Garbe Law Firm, PLLC

700 Lavaca, Suite 1400
Austin, TX, 78701


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200809/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Randy Schaffer Scholar in Criminal DefenseMr. Randolph L. Schaffer, Jr2008
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerGarbe Law Firm, PLLC2014 - Present
PartnerSullivan & Garbe, PLLC2013 - 2014
Assistant City AttorneyCity Of Austin2010 - 2013
Hearings OfficerTexas Workforce Commission2009 - 2010
Law Clerk to the Honorable Stephanie JoannidesAlaska Court System2008 - 2009
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember2012 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
CDL Speeding TicketNegotiated dismissal with prosecutors office
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2008
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
TCDLA Forensics/Technology CLECase Management in the Cloud2014
City of Austin Monthly CLECommunity Prosecution2012
City of Austin Monthly CLECross Examination: Fundamental Concepts2011