Marcos M. Garza

Top rated personal injury attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee

Garza Law Firm, PLLC
Marcos M. Garza
Garza Law Firm, PLLC

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Criminal defense, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Tennessee since: 2001

Education: The University of Tennessee College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014
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Garza Law Firm, PLLC

550 W. Main Street
Suite 340
Knoxville, TN 37902 Visit website


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

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Criminal defense, Criminal defense: DUI/DWI, Social security disability

Focus areas

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, DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 2001, Tennessee

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Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Test Training Certificate, LaPier & Associates
  • Certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Standardized Field Sobriety Test
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Behind the Secrets of Highway Drug Interdiction Seminar, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC
  • “Taking Care of Business” (DUI Seminar), Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC, 2008
  • Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys, Newsweek Magazine
  • Featured Tennessee Legal Profiles, Forbes Magazine
  • National Defense Service Medal, United States Marine Corps
  • Knoxville’s Top Lawyers, CityView Magazine, 2013, 2015
  • Rising Star Mid-South, Super Lawyers, 2009
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.
  • Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, United States Marine Corps
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Assoc.
  • Legal Leaders—Tennessee’s Top Rated Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Outstanding Lawyers, Newsweek, CityView, Forbes and Time Magazines
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, United States Marine Corps
  •  AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014, 2016
  • 14 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers, Newsweek Magazine
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Forensic Lawyer-Scientist, American Chemistry Society
Educational Background:
  • Vanderbilt University, B.S., Major: Psychology, 1996
  • University of Tennessee, Master of Science, Major: Social Work, 1998, 1998
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College®
  • National Criminal Defense College (NCDC)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, National College of DUI Defense
  • Member, Knoxville Bar Association
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2004  
  • Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association, Leadership Law, 2004
  • Tennessee State and Federal Courts
  • Tennessee, 2001
  • Board Member, Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Sevier County Bar Association
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2006    

Office location for Marcos M. Garza

550 W. Main Street
Suite 340
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-540-8300


6 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014

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