AV Rated 5.0/5.0 Preeminent - Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College Graduate; ACS Lawyer-Scientist certAV Rated 5.0/5.0 Preeminent; Only American Chemical Society "Lawyer-Scientist" attorney in TN.AV Rated 5.0/5.0 Preeminent - Only American Chemical Society "Lawyer-Scientist" attorney in TN.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Knoxville's Top Lawyers||CityView Magazine||2016|
|Top Lawyers||CityView Magazine||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course||American Association for Justice||2014|
|Forensic Lawyer-Scientist||American Chemistry Society||2014|
|Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Course III||American Chemistry Society||2014|
|14 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers||Newsweek Magazine||2014|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Top Lawyers||CityView Magazine||2014|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Spence Trial Lawyers College 3-Week Course||Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College||2013|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Hands-On DNA Analysis Course||Dr. Greg Hampikian, Justin McShane & Josh Lee||2013|
|Legal Leaders - Tennessee's Top Rated Lawyers of 2013||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|2013 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Update||Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC||2013|
|Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys||Newsweek Magazine||2013|
|Top Lawyers||CityView Magazine||2013|
|Forensic Chromatography: Solid Drug Dose Testing||Axion Analytical Laboratories, Inc.||2013|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2012|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Top Lawyers||CityView Magazine||2012|
|Pharmacology/Toxicology Principles - DUI-D & Drug Cases||Scientific Law Forums, Inc.||2012|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2012|
|Learning at the Footsteps of the Master - Cross Examination||Terry MacCarthy & Josh Lee||2011|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2011|
|Outstanding Lawyers||Newsweek Magazine||2011|
|Featured Tennessee Legal Profiles||Forbes Magazine||2011|
|Forensic Gas Chromatography Course||American Chemical Society-Axion Labs-Drs. Harold McNair & Lee Polite, Justine McShane & Josh Lee||2011|
|Drug Recognition Expert Course Overview||Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC||2010|
|Intoximeter EC/IR II Breathalyzer Device Course||Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||2010|
|Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Course||Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC||2010|
|Multi Device Breath Testing Mega-Course||Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers||2010|
|Behind the Secrets of Highway Drug Interdiction Seminar||Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC||2010|
|Forensic Chromatography Course||American Chemical Society||2010|
|"Taking Care of Business" (DUI Seminar)||Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||2010|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2010|
|Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor||Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC||2009|
|National Trial Practice Institute||National Criminal Defense College||2008|
|Standardized Field Sobriety Test Training Certificate||LaPier & Associates||2008|
|Leadership Law||Tennessee Bar Association||2008|
|Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal||United States Marine Corps||2004|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal||United States Marine Corps||2004|
|Captain, Judge Advocate||United States Marine Corps||2004|
|National Defense Service Medal||United States Marine Corps||2003|
|Owner||Garza Law Firm, PLLC||2007 - Present|
|Associate||The Law Offices of James A.H. Bell, P.C.||2005 - 2007|
|Owner||Marcos M. Garza, P.C.||2005 - 2005|
|Officer, Judge Advocate||U.S. Marine Corps||1999 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|DUI Defense Lawyers Association||Sustaining Member||2014 - Present|
|Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Board Member||2012 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Sustaining Member||2012 - Present|
|Tennessee Association for Justice||Board Member||2010 - Present|
|American Chemistry Society||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Sevier County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Knox County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Life Member||N/A|
|DUI & Possession of a Handgun while impaired||Reckless Driving|
|.20 Blood Alcohol, Poor performance on Field Sobriety Tests, Stumbling in Parking Lot||Dismissed Upon Payment of Court costs|
|Client passed out at red light with throw up on pants with blood alcohol test of .09.||Reckless Driving|
|See all legal cases|
|TN DUI Book||TN DUI Handbook||2014|
|TN Criminal Law Handbook||TN Criminal Law Handbook||2013|
|CityView Magazine||The Dilemma About Field Sobriety Tests||2011|
|Knoxville's CityView Magazine||Walking the Line||2010|
|What to Do If Your Pulled Over Or Arrested For DUI||http://ezinearticles.com/?What-to-Do-If-Your-Pulled-Over-Or-Arrested-For-DUI&id=1728945||2009|
|Knoxville Bar Association Dicta||What It Means to Be a Lawyer||2008|
|University of Tennessee||Social Work||Master of Science in Social Work||1998|
|Vanderbilt University||Psychology; Human & Organizational Development||BS - Bachelor of Science||1996|
|McMinn County Bar Association||Gas Chromatography and Other Issues of Science||2017|
|Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual DUI Seminar||How to Win Your Trial at Preliminary Hearing||2016|
|TACDL Annual DUI Defense Conference||Implied Consent and other DUI Defense Issues||2014|
|Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association Annual Seminar||The CSI Effect: All the bloody details about Blood Testing, Breath Testing & Field Sobriety Testing||2014|
|Knox County Public Defenders Office Training||Preparing the DUI Case||2014|
|DUI Seminar - Cobb County Bar Association||Drug Recognition Expert Cross Examination Attacks||2014|
|TACDL's 6th Annual DUI Seminar & Training||20 Ways to Win a DUI Case||2013|
|TACDL General Sessions Court Training||Preliminary Hearings||2013|
|Ohio Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers Advanced DUI Conference||Debunking the Drug Recognition Expert||2013|
|Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Seminar||20 Trial Tips for DWI Winning||2013|
|2013 DUI Conference Breckenridge CO||Drug Recognition Defense||2013|
|TACDL'S DUI 2012 Seminar & Training||Demystifying the Drug Recognition Evaluator||2012|
|TACDL's 2011 DUI Training||Drugged Driving||2011|
|Standardized Field Sobriety Test Course||NHTSA's Standardized Field Sobriety Tests||2010|
|Strategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases||DUI/DWI||2009|
|Planning your future as a legal professional||Planning your legal profession||2009|
Posted by anonymous
Wow. Just left court, and I'm speechless. Marcos is undeniably the best. When I heard the judge say to one of Marcos' other clients "Any one you represent is priviledged to have you as their attorney" I knew I made the right choice (Yes, the Judge said exactly that). The docket was large that day, and I was able to watch several of the other "top" lawyers do "their job" (Marcos,on the other hand, performs, he really does), and NONE of the other lawyers recieved any praise, or even a nod, from the judge.
I was a first offense DUI. I was at the time trying to get a Government job and was quite concerned about having this on my record. To make a long story shory, I no longer have to worry about what my record says, because it will say nothing. The man is Incredible, to say the least. I do not wish to give out too much information about my case, but let me also add I have yet to meet another person as well connected as Marcos Garza.
I shopped around before deciding on Marcos. I started in the phonebook and found the other "big" names wanting much more $$$ (who I am sure would not have been able to fight for me the way Marcos did), and many others who wanted much less $$$, and I have no doubt they would have merely walked me in, told me to plead guilty, and then expect payment. Marcos, for the record, told me from the start to plead Not Guilty with him as my attorney.
Marcos is Different. I initially called him, after business hours even, expecting to leave a message, and he answered and told me to come see him and that he could help. Now you ask "What's so different about that?" Answer: I completly believed him, and after talking to him I knew not only could he help, but he was going to fight for me like I was his brother. When it came to the court dates he did just that, like no other. I was amazed at what Marcos is capable of and how he pulled it off. Amazed.
The man needs his own TV show. He's just that good.
I don't make very much money at all. I live a very Spartan lifestyle, consisting of few, if any, luxuries. Having food in the house is sometimes one of those luxuries. Now considering the above praise for Marcos, one would not expect a person of my means to be able to afford such a great attorney, and I certainly never expected what all I recieved. I was not a docket number to him, he knew me by name.
Shop around, go ahead (Infact I spoke with at least 8 other lawyers, before I settled Marcos, the obvious choice), but I can say with the utmost confidence that Marcos is not only the best value, but the Best. Period.
I wish Marcos the best in all his endeavors.
A person who represents himself has a fool for a client. A person who is represented by Marcos Garza is a wise person, indeed.
Posted by anonymous
I was fortunate enough to have Marcos Garza represent me when I was falsely arrested and charged with a felony. Needless to say, I was devastated, as were my family and friends. Mr. Garza was relentless in his representation, completely knowledgeable of the law, sincere and trustworthy, tireless in his efforts on my behalf, and completely dedicated to my case......I literally put my life in his hands, and I thank God every day that I made the decision to do so. Thanks to Marcos, my case didn't even go to trial - it was dismissed at the probable cause hearing. My children and I will be forever grateful for what he has done for us....we have been able to put this life-changing event behind us and move on with our lives.
Posted by Kelly
After receiving my DUI in the summer of 2009 I became determined to fight the system and try to keep my record clean. As a graduate student trying to look for an accounting job I knew that a background check including a DUI would seriously hurt my odds of getting a job. While my case did not look good to most people, including several other lawyers, (I blew a .15) Marcos always gave me the feeling that he would still fight for me despite the odds. Don't get me wrong, he was still upfront about the fact that things might not go my way and never promised me things that were not certain, but he actually did fight for me!
I sat through many court hearing and watched some of the big name lawyers do absolutely nothing for their clients while I am sure they collected a large paycheck. Marcos was constantly working the room looking for the connection that may help win my case. It was kind of amazing actually to watch hinm get to know everyone there (especially since this case was in Chattanooga and he typically practices in Knoxville). In the end it was these things that helped us win my case. I dont' believe that any other lawyer could have gotten me the result that he did. Most of them would considered it hopefless with such a high BAC and told me to plead. I am a fighter and refused to give up and was so blessed to have a lawyer that feels the same way.
On a personal note Marcos really does get to know you as a person and it is genuine. He really does care about what is going on in your life and I truly believe he would still be there if I called him at 2 o clock in the morning. Basically if you are feeling like you just have to fight your case and want someone who will feel the same way you have to go with Marcos. It is just a benefit that he is great personally and will care about you as well as your case.
Thanks Marcos! I wish you the best of luck in the future!
Jason Hansard, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Marcos now for several years. His reputation as one of the best DUI attorneys in the Knoxville is well deserved. His dedication to effectively represent his clients is evident every time he is in the court room. He is a lawyer I would recommend to my own family and friends.
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