Melinda Garcia is the Managing Shareholder at the Garcia & Gurney law firm, where she focuses on providing businesses with the legal assistance and advice they need to compete.
As a litigator, Ms. Garcia regularly appears in California state courts and private forums such as arbitrations and mediations. As a transactional lawyer, Ms. Garcia has the expertise to competently advise businesses regarding employment issues, intellectual property, business organization, real estate acquisition, commercial leasing, mergers and acquisitions, international business transactions, and other matters.
Ms. Garcia is known for her keen business sense and her ability to provide practical, effective legal solutions for both businesses and individuals. Ms. Garcia believes in learning as much as possible about her clients' business needs and operating environment. She is also a firm believer in sharing her knowledge with her clients and others.
Ms. Garcia has educated business owners all over California with her popular lecture, "The Ten Things Every Small Business Owner Should Know." She has also taught continuing legal education courses on the formation, taxation, and operation of Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships in California. She was the keynote speaker for the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and has spoken before various other business organizations.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Garcia maintains a deep commitment to community service. For three years, she served as a Director and Chair of the Axis Community Health Foundation, which provides health services to the indigent. She is on the advisory board of the San Jose Regional Medical Center and coached the successful Amador Valley High School Honors Mock Trial Team for five years. Ms. Garcia was Treasurer of the Las Positas College Foundation and was on the Board of Directors for four years.
Ms. Garcia has been repeatedly recognized for her contributions to the legal and business communities of the Bay Area. In 2011, she received the Women Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Women's Initiative for Self-Employment. In 2008, Ms. Garcia was one of three finalists in Hispanic Business Magazine's Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Entrepreneurial Excellence in the Latina Entrepreneur category. In 2006, she was featured in the Tri-Valley Herald newspaper, and in an "Up Close" feature in the East Bay Business Times. In 2004, Ms. Garcia was named to the top "40 Under 40" list of business persons by the East Bay Business Times. In 1999, she received a Santa Clara University Alumni Award.
Ms. Garcia holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the Santa Clara University School of Law. She was selected to participate in the Honors Moot Court, the Hispanic National Moot Court, the Santa Clara University Law School Trial Team, and the American Bar Association Negotiation Team.
Languages Spoken: Spanish, English
Licensed since 2000
Hourly ($345-400/hour), Contingent (40-45%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Melinda Garcia epitomizes the term knowledgable professional. It is with confidence I have personally referred numerous clients over the years for assistance with various matters such as corporate law, employment matters, as well as various other civil matters. It has also been my honor, as well as my privilege, to co-counsel with her. Ms. Garcia is top notch in all aspects, on all levels, and I can not recommend her highly enough.
Sherry Peterson Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Exceptionally talented and hard working. Melinda has been a valued collaborator on several high value matters involving complicated business law cross-over issues. Her commitment to her clients, and their cases, is noteworthy. I endorse this lawyer.
John Harding Child Support Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (Professional Services Category)||Women's Initiative of Oakland||2011|
|Finalist-Entrepreneur of the Year||Hispanic Business Magazine||2008|
|Top 40 Under 40 in the San Francisco Bay Area||East Bay Business Times||2004|
|Shareholder||Garcia and Gurney, A Law Corporation||2005 - Present|
|Partner||Garcia and Haskett LLP||2003 - 2005|
|Attorney||Castleman Law Firm||2001 - 2003|
|Attorney||Bowman and Brooke LLP||2000 - 2002|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|State Bar of California, Business Law Section||Standing Committee Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies||2009 - 2012|
|American Bar Association||Member||2008 - 2011|
|State Bar Employment Law Section||Member||2007 - Present|
|Alameda County Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|State Bar Business Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Eastern Alameda County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Hispanic National Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Shareholder Litigation||Client pleased with settlement|
|Real Estate Partnership Dispute||Client Pleased with Settlement|
|Executive Compensation Negotiation||Client pleased with compensation and benefits|
|The Suit Magazine||Complications of Employment Law||2014|
|California Lawyer Magazine||Is Change on the Horizon?||2014|
|Advising Small Businesses (National Busienss Institute)||Employment Laws You Need to Know||2013|
|Advanced LLC Issues-NBI National Business Institute||Walking the Ethical Line||2011|
|Lorman||LLCs, LLPs and Partnerships Organization and Operation||2008|
|NBI||Advanced LLC Issues||2008|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Drafting Operating Agreements for LLCs||2008|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Essential Skills To Drafting LLC Agreements||2007|
|UCLA, Anderson School of Management||Entrepreneurial Studies||Certificate||2014|
|Santa Clara University School of Law||Law||N/A||1999|
|University of California - Berkeley||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1995|
|New Employment Laws 2015||Minimum Wage Changes||2014|
|Managing the Employment Life Cycle||Selection of Employees, Performance Improvement||2014|
|Advising Small Businesses||Employment Laws You Need to Know||2013|
|Advanced LLC Issues||Walking the Ethical Line||2011|
|Exit Strategies for Small Business Owners||Exit Strategies for Small Business Owners||2009|
|LLCs, LLPs and Partnerships Organization and Operation||LLCs, LLPs and Partnerships Organization and Operation||2008|
|Business CLE, San Francisco||Advanced LLC Issues||2008|
|NBI Seminar||Essential Skills To Drafting LLC Agreements||2007|
|World Trade Club SF Dinner||10 Things Every Business Owner Should Know||2006|