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Marcos Garza

DUI Defense | Criminal Defense | Personal Injury

Marcos Garza

Attorney at Law

Contacts

865-540-8300
mgarza@garzalaw.com

Biography

Mr. Garza is a native of East Tennessee.  He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.  He obtained his Masters of Science from the University of Tennessee and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.  Marcos M. Garza of the Garza Law Firm, PLLC is best known for his defense of those accused of DUI, criminal charges and for his representation of individuals who have suffered serious personal injury.

In 2010 through 2014, Marcos Garza was one of only four lawyers in the states of Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi, under the age of 40 to be selected as a “Mid-South Super Lawyer Rising-Star,” in the area of DUI/DWI Defense, a distinction given to the top 2.5% of all lawyers under the age of 40 or in the first 10 years of practice. Mr. Garza has consistently been recognized in CityView, Newsweek, Forbes  and Time magazines for his accomplishments as an outstanding attorney. Mr. Garza has also been recognized as one of the top 40 trial lawyers under 40 years of age in the state of Tennessee, as selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association, and was also selected as one of their top 100 trial lawyers. He has also been rated AV-Pre-eminent, the highest distinction given by the distinguished Martindale attorney rating system.

Mr. Garza lectures both in the state of Tennessee and nationally in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI and trial skills. Mr. Garza has literally attended hundreds of hours of legal and scientific education related to the defense of the citizen accused and prides himself in staying on the cutting edge of trial techniques and the underlying law and science that is necessary to effectively defend those accused of crime or those who have suffered serious personal injury. Mr. Garza is trained in the science and techniques of Gas Chromatography (the method used to test drugs and alcohol in the blood), the EC/IR II breath testing device and is both a student and Instructor of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) courses.

Mr. Garza is also a graduate of the prestigious National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) in Macon, Georgia and a graduated of the well-respected Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College® in Dubois, Wyoming, an intensive 24-day trial skills college.

After a tour as a Judge Advocate and Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Garza returned to practice law in his home of East Tennessee.  He routinely travels across East Tennessee handling criminal and personal injury cases for a relatively small number of clients.  Marcos Garza is committed to handling fewer cases in the areas of Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury law in order to achieve the best results possible.  This system enables Mr. Garza to get to know his clients personally and thoroughly, and he believes this not only produces better results but is also a more rewarding way of practicing law.  He is available during the week and on weekends for free consultations.  Mr. Garza is a husband and father of four young children and enjoys running and charcoal grilling on the weekends.

Education

 Vanderbilt University, B.S., Psychology, 1996

 University of Tennessee, Master of Science in Social Work, 1998

 University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2001

Court Admissions

 Tennessee, 2001

 United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2004

 United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2006

Awards

2016

 AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

 Knoxville’s Top Lawyers, CityView Magazine

2015

Knoxville’s Top Lawyers, CityView Magazine

 Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.

 AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
2014

 Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course, American Association for Justice

 Forensic Lawyer-Scientist, American Chemistry Society

 Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Course III, American Chemistry Society

 14 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers, Newsweek Magazine

 AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

 Rising Star Mid-South, Super Lawyers

 Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.

Knoxville’sTop Lawyers, CityView Magazine
2013

 AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

 Spence Trial Lawyers College 3-Week Course, Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College

 Rising Star Mid-South, Super Lawyers

 Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.

 Hands-On DNA Analysis Course, Dr. Greg Hampikian, Justin McShane & Josh Lee

 Legal Leaders—Tennessee’s Top Rated Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell

 2013 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Update, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC

 Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys, Newsweek Magazine

Knoxville’s Top Lawyers, CityView Magazine

 Forensic Chromatography: Solid Drug Dose Testing, Axion Analytical Laboratories, Inc.
2012

 Rising Star Mid-South, Super Lawyers

 AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Knoxville’s Top Lawyers, CityView Magazine

 Pharmacology/Toxicology Principles—DUI-D & Drug Cases Scientific Law Forums, Inc.

 Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.

 Learning at the Footsteps of the Master: Cross Examination Terry MacCarthy & Josh Lee
2011

 Rising Star Mid-South, Super Lawyers

 Outstanding Lawyers, Newsweek Magazine

 Featured Tennessee Legal Profiles, Forbes Magazine

 Forensic Gas Chromatography Course, American Chemical Society-Axion Labs-Drs. Harold McNair & Lee Polite, Justine McShane & Josh Lee
2010

 Drug Recognition Expert Course Overview, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC

 Intoximeter EC/IR II Breathalyzer Device Course, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

 Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Course, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC

 Multi Device Breath Testing Mega-Course, Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers

 Behind the Secrets of Highway Drug Interdiction Seminar, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC

 Forensic Chromatography Course, American Chemical Society

 “Taking Care of Business” (DUI Seminar), Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

 Rising Star Mid-South, Super Lawyers
2009

 Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC
2008

 National Trial Practice Institute, National Criminal Defense College

 Standardized Field Sobriety Test Training Certificate, LaPier & Associates

 Leadership Law, Tennessee Bar Association
2004

 Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, United States Marine Corps

 Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, United States Marine Corps

 Captain, Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps
2003

 National Defense Service Medal, United States Marine Corps

Speaking Engagements