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Melinda Garcia

Business Attorney at Pleasanton, CA

5.0   5 reviews
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  • State Years
    Texas - TX 8 years
    California - CA 24 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Melinda

Learn Melinda’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Business
    45%
    contracts, employment, intellectual property, business planning, formation, general business counsel work.

    24 years

  2. Employment and labor
    45%

    24 years

  3. Real estate
    10%
    leasing,commercial sales, land use.

    24 years

INTELLIGENT AND BUSINESS SKILLED ATTORNEYS DEDICATED TO PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS INTERESTS.

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.

 

Education:  
  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law (1999)
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley (1995)
  Admissions:
  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  Professional Associations/Memberships:
  • State Bar of California (Employment, Litigation, Business and Real Property Sections) (Standing Committee for LLCs and Partnerships for the Business Law Section of the State Bar 2010-2012)
  • American Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Eastern Alameda County Bar Association
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce
  • Livermore Chamber of Commerce

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Location

Garcia & Gurney, A Law Corporation
6700 Koll Center Parkway
Suite 330
Pleasanton, CA, 94566

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2014
Highly recommend
I was in need of urgent help with an employment matter and Melinda came through for me the same day. She fit me in for a consultation within hours of my call and read my documents prior to our meeting. She was thorough, attentive to my needs, knowledgeable, professional and above all very comforting.
Posted by Carol | June 26, 2012
Employment agreements
Melinda provided me excellent advice in resolving an employment agreement related to an acquisition of the company I worked for. She is very knowledgeable, asked me what I wanted to achieve with her services, provided excellent service to achieve those goals, and was very cognizant of fees. I recommend her for employment related services.
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Posted by Mary | March 31, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
CEO/Owner
Ms. Garcia helped me with a delicate personnel issue. She was professional, knowledgeable and worked with me to find the right solutions to protect me and my company. She works well with her team of paraprofessionals and ensures that the issue is resolved in a timely manner. Her attention to detail and genuine sense of humor make getting through challenging problems easier.
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Posted by Robert | June 11, 2011
High Integrity and Pro-Active = Melinda Garcia
Melinda provided excellent guidance with an employment/compensation case. Her knowledge of employment law, and strong negotiation skills, brought the case to a successful conclusion.
Posted by Geanna | June 2, 2011
Professional, knowledgeable, integrity = Melinda Garcia
Melinda has done an excellent job assisting us as we established our small business. From incorporation to contract negotiations, Melinda and her staff were outstanding.

Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 40%-45%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • Stanford University School of Business
  • Stanford Latino Entrepreneurs Program Certificate
  • 2016
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • Certificate- Executive Education (Haas School of Business)
  • 2016
  • UCLA, Anderson School of Management
  • Certificate
  • 2014
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Employer Wage/Hour Defense
  • Settled dispute for less than 40% of what Plaintiff demanded.
  • Executive Compensation Negotiation
  • Client pleased with compensation and benefits
  • Executive Employee Wrongful Termination
  • Settlement - Client pleased
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Associations

  • Latino Business Action Network
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Eastern Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Western Regional Minority Supplier Council
  • Former Director
  • 2018 - 2021
  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section
  • Standing Committee Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies
  • 2009 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Elite Lawyer
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • 2021
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • 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
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • New Employment Laws 2015
  • Minimum Wage Changes
  • 2014
  • Managing the Employment Life Cycle
  • Selection of Employees, Performance Improvement
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (19)
Endorse Melinda
Business Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melinda is an expert in employment and business law. She cares about her clients and takes time to understand their businesses and their needs. I referred one of my closest friends to her and Melinda has performed exceptionally well, particularly as it relates to managing the international aspects of that matter. I highly recommend her."
Business Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Melinda Garcia through a networking group and joined a committee with her. I have been extraordinarily impressed with Melinda's sound judgment, attentive responsiveness to her clients and colleagues, her legal acumen and her law firm. I have and will continue to make referrals to Melinda and her firm."
Business Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.I have been practicing law for 37 years. When it became necessary for me to seek the counsel of a business lawyer, I contacted one of the most prestigious law firms in the San Francisco bay area for guidance. I was referred to Melinda Garcia of Garcia & Gurney, Pleasanton. Ms. Garcia is, without question, a lawyer’s lawyer. Her guidance in complex business transactional matters has been indispensable. She has an unflinching command of the law, an easy going, yet fiercely intelligent approach to solving complex business and tax problems, and is a pleasure to work with."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Melinda is smart and diligent with great attention to detail, not to mention a true advocate for her clients."
Business Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred many clients to Melinda for their business needs. She is a bright, experienced, diligent and creative attorney. I endorse her!"
Real estate Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Business Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
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