Mario de la Garza

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Houston, TX

The de la Garza Law Group
 | 1616 S Voss, Houston, TX 77057
Phone: 713-804-8670
Fax: 713-784-1011
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Partner at The de la Garza Law Group, Mario E. De La Garza is a personal injury attorney representing those in Houston, Texas, and the rest of Harris County. Named a Top Lawyer in Personal Injury by Houstonia Magazine in 2013 and 2014, and one of Houston’s Top Lawyers in 2012 and 2013 by H Texas Magazine, he focuses on cases involving electrical injuries, workplace burns, motor vehicle injuries, wrongful death and premises liability.

    Mr. De La Garza is admitted to practice in the state of New York and the state of Texas. In 1998, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history and science from Harvard University, where he was given the David McCord Prize and a certificate in mind/brain/behavior. He then attended Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated in 2003 with a Juris Doctor.

    Rated “Superb” on Avvo, Mr. De La Garza is fluent in both Spanish and English and has obtained large sums for his clients, including a verdict for over $11 million in a drunk driving death. He also obtained a settlement for over $3.25 million for a bicyclist harmed by a reckless driver.

    Mr. De La Garza is active in many professional organizations. Currently, he is a member of the advisory board of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, the Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the F-Warriors, Alumni of the Spence Trial Lawyers College. Along with his personal injury focus, he also handles complex commercial disputes for both companies and individuals.

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    Practice Areas
    • 70%Personal Injury - General
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products
    • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
    • 10%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Devices, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice


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    Rising Stars: 2015

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    About Mario de la Garza

    Admitted: 2003, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Houston’s Top Lawyers 2012 (Personal Injury), H Texas Magazine

    • Selected by Houstonia Magazine as a top lawyer in Houston in the area of personal injury, Top Lawyer (Personal Injury), Houstonia Magazine, 2014
    • Selected by H Texas Magazine as one of Houston's top lawyers in the area of personal injury, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2013
    • Selected by Houstonia Magazine as a top lawyer in Houston in the area of personal injury, Top Lawyers (Personal Injury), Houstonia, 2013
    • Selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the area of personal injury, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2015

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Advisory Board, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston

    • New York, 2012

    • Member, New York State Trial lawyers Association (NYSTLA)

    • Member, F Warriors, Alumni of the Spence Trial Lawyers College (TLC)

    • Alumni of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers' College (TLC), 2012
    • Texas, 2003
    • Member of Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA), 2013
    • Member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2016
    • Vice President Mexican American Bar Association of Houston (MABAH), 2014
    • Member of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association (HTLA), 2014

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author: “The Court’s Charge in Texas: A Brief Overview,” TYLA eNews, State Bar of Texas, January 2007 issue

    • Co-Author (with Murry B. Cohen): “Post-verdict Preservation of Error,” State Bar of Texas 27th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, Fall 2004

    • Author: “The Age of Webcasting: Online Video Broadcasts of Supreme Court Oral Arguments,” published in The Appellate Advocate, Winter 2006


    • Secured an appellate victory for the manufacturer of API-6A products. Mario de la Garza served as lead appellate counsel for Jiangsu Jinshi Machinery Group Co. Ltd. d/b/a JMP Technologies and Helios Oil & Gas Equipment, LLC (“Clients”) in their case against Kana Energy Services, Inc. (“Kana”). Kana sought a temporary injunction against Clients, seeking to prevent Clients from selling their API-6A products to many of Clients’ customers. When the trial court denied Kana this relief, Kana appealed, bringing arguments based on breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of trade secrets. As lead appellate counsel for Clients, Mr. de la Garza scoured the record, researched and analyzed the law, developed winning arguments on each of Kana’s points, and then fully executed this strategy, resulting in an appellate victory that will save Clients significant future business with their clients.See Kana Energy Services, Inc. v. Jiangsu Jinshi Machinery Group Co. Ltd., ____S.W.3rd____, 2018 WL 4868945 (Tex. App.—Houston (14th Dist.) October 9, 2018), 2018
    • Secured a verdict of $11,162,529 on behalf of the widow and mother of Kristopher Stow, who died as a result of the negligence of an intoxicated driver and the bar that overserved him.  Kristopher Stow was a hero. He was the caring father of two. He was a loving, devoted husband to Erin. He was a loving, dutiful son to Katy. Kristopher made those around him laugh and smile. He was a ray of sunshine. He made this world a better place. But that all ended on the night of June 17, 2011. Kristopher was riding his motorcycle heading north on SH 36 near Caldwell, Texas with his daughter as they headed to meet the family to celebrate her birthday. Hold this image in your mind. Earlier that afternoon, Thomas Raymond Pennington got off of work as a meat cutter, went home, and immediately started drinking, having about 3 16oz beers. Then he picked up his dad and they went to the Longhorn Bar & Grill, where Pennington had another 8 to 10 beers. While he was at the Longhorn, he fell off a stool, but the bartenders “kept ‘em coming.” After Pennington and his dad left the Longhorn, they went to dad’s house, where Pennington smoked a joint and drank half a 24 oz. beer. Then he left and headed home, but he just couldn’t resist the urge to stop at a convenience store and get a six-pack for the road. Pennington stood by the beer fridge about 10 minutes, trying to figure out what he could buy with the few bucks in his pocket. Finally, he decided on Bud Ice. He walked out to his old red Suburban, six-pack in hand. He got behind the wheel and drove southbound on SH 36. Meanwhile, here come Kristopher and his daughter, traveling northbound on SH 36. Pennington attempts to turn from southbound SH 36 onto FM 60, but he fails to yield. Kristopher tries to stop. The motorcycle tire marks the pavement before colliding with the Suburban. Kristopher is thrown underneath the Suburban and dies. His daughter is thrown to the side of the road, suffering minor injuries. Mario E. de la Garza conducted the voir dire, selected the jury, made the opening statement, and presented Erin's and Katy's testimony, so that the jury got to know Kristopher through many powerful memories cherished by Erin and Katy.  Mario de la Garza showed the jury how Kristopher’s death caused spiritual amputations to Erin, his widow, and Katy, his surviving mother. The jury rose to the occasion and reached a just verdict.  Pennington is in prison and the Longhorn is out of business., 2014

    Educational Background:

    • Harvard University Bachelor of Arts in History and Science; Certificate in Mind/Brain/Behavior; David McCord Prize, 1998
    • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 2012
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    Office Location for Mario de la Garza

    1616 S Voss
    Houston, TX 77057

    Phone: 713-804-8670

    Fax: 713-784-1011

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