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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.






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Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Business: 80%
    14 years
  2. Real Estate: 20%
    14 years



Hourly ($345-400/hour), contingent (40-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse this lawyer. We met when her firm moved into our building and since then we have discussed several employment related issues/concerns. Her high level of knowledge and expertise in this area is clear and she also has excellent advocacy skills. A true advocate for her clients.


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Contact info

Garcia & Gurney, A Law Corporation

7041 Koll Center Parkway
Suite 240
Pleasanton, CA, 94566


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (Professional Services Category)Women's Initiative of Oakland2011
Finalist-Entrepreneur of the YearHispanic Business Magazine2008
Top 40 Under 40 in the San Francisco Bay AreaEast Bay Business Times2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderGarcia and Gurney, A Law Corporation2005 - Present
PartnerGarcia and Haskett LLP2003 - 2005
AttorneyCastleman Law Firm2001 - 2003
AttorneyBowman and Brooke LLP2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Business Law SectionStanding Committee Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies2009 - 2012
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - 2011
State Bar Employment Law SectionMember2007 - Present
Alameda County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
State Bar Business Law SectionMember2004 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Eastern Alameda County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Hispanic National Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Shareholder LitigationClient pleased with settlement
Real Estate Partnership DisputeClient Pleased with Settlement
Executive Compensation NegotiationClient pleased with compensation and benefits
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Suit MagazineComplications of Employment Law2014
California Lawyer MagazineIs Change on the Horizon?2014
Advising Small Businesses (National Busienss Institute)Employment Laws You Need to Know2013
Advanced LLC Issues-NBI National Business InstituteWalking the Ethical Line2011
LormanLLCs, LLPs and Partnerships Organization and Operation2008
NBIAdvanced LLC Issues2008
National Business Institute SeminarDrafting Operating Agreements for LLCs2008
National Business Institute SeminarEssential Skills To Drafting LLC Agreements2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
UCLA, Anderson School of ManagementEntrepreneurial StudiesN/A2014
Santa Clara University School of LawLawN/A1999
University of California - BerkeleyN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New Employment Laws 2015Minimum Wage Changes2014
Managing the Employment Life CycleSelection of Employees, Performance Improvement2014
Advising Small BusinessesEmployment Laws You Need to Know2013
Advanced LLC IssuesWalking the Ethical Line2011
Exit Strategies for Small Business OwnersExit Strategies for Small Business Owners2009
LLCs, LLPs and Partnerships Organization and OperationLLCs, LLPs and Partnerships Organization and Operation2008
Business CLE, San FranciscoAdvanced LLC Issues2008
NBI SeminarEssential Skills To Drafting LLC Agreements2007
World Trade Club SF Dinner10 Things Every Business Owner Should Know2006