Marcos M. Garza

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Knoxville, TN

Garza Law Firm, PLLC
 | 550 W. Main Street, Suite 340
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-540-8300
Fax: 865-474-9397
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

The founder of his own law firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, Marcos M. Garza divides his practice between criminal defense matters and personal injury and wrongful death litigation. His successes in both of these areas, as well as his high degree of ethics, have gained Mr. Garza the respect of his colleagues. Selected to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, he has also received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

In his criminal defense practice, Mr. Garza provides representation to area residents who have been charged by the state or federal government with misdemeanors or felonies. The types of matters that he has handled have included operating a motor vehicle or boat while under the influence of alcohol, rape, drug possession and trafficking, carjacking, kidnapping, robbery, and murder. Mr. Garza's federal experience has encompassed bank, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and tax evasion. He has in many cases been able to obtain outright acquittals, while in others, he has negotiated favorable plea agreements with the prosecution. Mr. Garza also assists people who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties. His experience in this regard has included incidents arising out of medical malpractice, truck and other motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, and defective products.

Mr. Garza holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Vanderbilt University. After obtaining a Master of Science in social work from The University of Tennessee in 1998, he remained in Knoxville to pursue his legal education at the University of Tennessee College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2001. Admitted to practice in Tennessee, Mr. Garza is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%)
Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Criminal Defense (20%)

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%): DUI/DWI

Personal Injury - General (30%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Criminal Defense (20%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Focus Areas

DUI/DWI, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018 Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014

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About Marcos Garza

Admitted: 2001, Tennessee

Professional Webpage: https://garzalaw.com/attorney/marcos-garza/

Honors/Awards:

  • Outstanding Lawyers, Newsweek, CityView, Forbes and Time Magazines
  • National Defense Service Medal, United States Marine Corps
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, United States Marine Corps
  • Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, United States Marine Corps
  • Featured Tennessee Legal Profiles, Forbes Magazine
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.
  • Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys, Newsweek Magazine
  • Legal Leaders—Tennessee’s Top Rated Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Knoxville’s Top Lawyers, CityView Magazine, 2013, 2015
  • Rising Star Mid-South, Super Lawyers, 2009
  • 14 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers, Newsweek Magazine
  •  AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014, 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Standardized Field Sobriety Test Training Certificate, LaPier & Associates
  • Certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Standardized Field Sobriety Test

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Tennessee, 2001
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2004  
  • United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2006    
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association, Leadership Law, 2004
  • Board Member, Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Member, Sevier County Bar Association
  • Member, Knoxville Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, National College of DUI Defense
  • Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tennessee State and Federal Courts

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Forensic Lawyer-Scientist, American Chemistry Society

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC, 2008
  • “Taking Care of Business” (DUI Seminar), Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Behind the Secrets of Highway Drug Interdiction Seminar, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC

Educational Background:

  • University of Tennessee, Master of Science, Major: Social Work, 1998, 1998
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College®
  • National Criminal Defense College (NCDC)
  • Vanderbilt University, B.S., Major: Psychology, 1996
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Office Location for Marcos M. Garza

550 W. Main Street
Suite 340
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-540-8300

Fax: 865-474-9397

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Last Updated: 4/3/2019

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