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Pleasanton, CA

Melinda Garcia, Esq.

Shareholder | Garcia & Gurney

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Since 2000, attorney Melinda Garcia has been providing unsurpassed client service and skillful legal advice as a shareholder of Garcia & Gurney. Based in Pleasanton, California, Ms. Garcia is a widely sought-after specialist in business and employment law, advising clients across the Bay Area on matters relating to business formation and management, as well as a diverse range of employment and labor issues. For her entrepreneurial spirit and her commitment to client satisfaction, Ms. Garcia has been recognized by the East Bay Business Times, maintains a 10.0/10.0 “Superb” rating on Avvo, was the recipient of the 2011 "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" award from the Bay Area nonprofit Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment, and was a finalist in Hispanic Magazine's National Entrepreneur Awards, among many other honors.

The child of immigrants and a third-generation entrepreneur herself, Ms. Garcia credits some of her determination to succeed to her parents and grandparents. Since she was a child, Ms. Garcia has always been interested in the law, but as she tells it, it was a popular television show that really catalyzed her decision to become an attorney:

My grandfather was a contractor and my father is a restaurateur, so hard work runs in the family. My grandmother, who only spoke Spanish, used to watch Perry Mason dubbed in Spanish. I watched with her and I really admired how Perry had it all figured out.

With her sights set on becoming the next Perry Mason, Ms. Garcia excelled academically and was accepted to the highly competitive University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Political Science in 1995. In 1999, she obtained her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she focused on business and real estate law. Though today Ms. Garcia is a well-established leader in her areas of practice, she has continued her education and training, earning advanced certificates in management, venture capital, and entrepreneurship from UCLA, U.C. Berkeley, and Stanford University.

It is that signature tenacity and refusal to rest on her laurels which have propelled Ms. Garcia to success as a shareholder at Garcia & Gurney. As the head of the transactional practice group, she dedicates herself fully to the needs of each client, serving businesses and individuals in a wide range of business and real estate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, employment, executive compensation, intellectual property, international business transactions, formations, and commercial real estate transactions.

Committed not just to bettering the lives and businesses of her own clients, but to improving the quality of legal representation across her profession, Ms. Garcia teaches Continuing Legal Education courses on the formation, taxation, and operation of Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships in California, as well Employment Law Compliance in California and Texas. With a particular interest in helping women- and minority-owned businesses thrive, she also currently serves as the director of the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (WRMSDC).

With such diverse experience in her field and a strong track record of commitment to education and client satisfaction, Ms. Garcia pays careful attention to trends and changes in her areas of practice to help businesses grow and thrive. She notes:

On the business side, we are using the new tax legislation to help our clients' businesses grow. On the employment side, we're helping businesses grow while ensuring that they comply with the law.

Looking forward, Ms. Garcia anticipates continued growth for her own firm as well as for the businesses she serves. After more than a decade and a half dedicated to law, she plans to continue providing the industry-leading representation for which she has become so well-known. “I’ve been really lucky to help some of my clients turn a 10 million dollar business into a 50 or 100 million dollar business,” she notes. “I’d like to see that continue.”

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Professional Memberships & Associations

  • State Bar of California (2000-Present)
  • 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, 9th Circuit
  • State Bar of Texas (2015)

Admissions

  • California
  • Texas

Education & Certification

  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law (1999)
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley (1995)
  • Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Anderson School of Management (2014)
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business Latino Entrepreneur Program (2016)
  • Haas School of Business (U.C. Berkeley) Venture Capital Executive Program (2016)

Awards & Honors

  • Guardian Award for outstanding legal achievement in support of minority-owned businesses, Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (2016)
  • Featured in the California Lawyer article "Is Change on the Horizon?" (August 2014)
  • Highlighted in The Suit Magazine, "The Complications of Employment Law" (July 2014)
  • Woman Entrepreneur Award Winner in the Professional category,  Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment (2011)
  • One of three finalists in Hispanic Business Magazine Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Entrepreneurial Excellence in the Latina Entrepreneur category (2008)
  • Appeared in an "Up Close" feature in the East Bay Business Times (2006)
  • Top "40 Under 40" list of business persons by the East Bay Business Times (2004)
  • Avvo Rating 10.0/10.0 "Superb"

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