P.O. Box 200842
Austin, Texas 78720
(512) 619-8639
Fax (512) 372-1645

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Practice Areas

Our office enjoys handling a wide variety of legal matters including:

  • Commercial / Business litigation (including breach of contract).
  • Mediation services.
  • Complex multi-party litigation.
  • Business and Real Estate Disputes.
  • Construction litigation.
  • Landlord / Tenant disputes.
  • Business torts including fraud and misrepresentation.
  • Personal Injury Litigation.
  • Appellate brief writing and appellate argument.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Medical Malpractice (prosecution and defense).
  • Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims.
  • Negligence.
  • Breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Administrative Law (including representing health care professionals before boards and the State Office of Administrative Hearings “SOAH”).
  • Criminal law defense (federal court).
  • Ad valorem (property) tax disputes.
  • Insurance / Disability disputes and litigation.
  • Real estate title examination and related issues.
  • Real estate contracts and leases.
  • Foreclosures.
  • Will preparation.
  • Creditor's rights.

Ernest C. Garcia

EDUCATION

Completed Advanced Family Mediation Training, Dispute Resolution Center - Austin 2010.

Completed Mediation Training, The University of Texas School of Law, Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution 2010.

Graduate of the Governor's Executive Development Program, The University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs 2005.

Doctor of Jurisprudence, The University of Texas – School of Law 1984.                                      

  • Passed the Texas Bar exam before receiving law degree.
  • Member Board of Advocates.


Bachelor of Business Administration, The University of Texas 1981.

  • Graduated with honors in Finance.  Minors in Accounting and   Real Estate.
  • Member  Beta Gamma Sigma, national scholastic honor society.


Associate of Applied Science, Del Mar College 1980.

  • Awarded as the “Outstanding Real Estate Student” of the entire college.
  • Awarded the Texas A & M University, Texas Real Estate Research Center Scholarship.
  • Awarded the Real Estate Educational Foundation of South Texas Scholarship.
  • Former Texas Realtor Associate.


ADMITTED TO PRACTICE LAW

State

  • Supreme Court of Texas / State Bar of Texas 1984.

    (admitted to practice before all state and county courts within the State of Texas).


Federal

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas 1985.
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals 1986.
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas and United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas 1987
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas 1988.
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 1989.


LEGAL EXPERIENCE

During the last 25 plus years, I have worked hard to earn and maintain a reputation for professional ability and ethics, as well as personal and professional integrity.  I have successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal trial and appellate courts in civil and criminal matters.  In addition to the private practice of law I have also served as follows:

  • Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice - U.S. Attorney's Office Western District of Texas (responsible for civil litigation trials and appeals as well as criminal prosecutions).
  • State district court trial judge (Travis County).                                                                                                      
  • Deputy Division Chief, Special Crimes Division, Texas Attorney General’s Office.
  • General Counsel to Texas Trust Savings Bank, FSB.
  • Managing trial attorney for the Austin, Texas office of the CNA Insurance Companies.
  • Associate corporate counsel for Centex Corporation (a Fortune 500 Company) - one of the nation's largest single family residential home builders.
  • Liquidation attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Dallas / Addision and San Antonio, Texas.
  • Volunteer mediator for the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center in San Antonio, Texas and the Austin Dispute Resolution Center.

Ernest is also a member of the Litigation Section and the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas and is a member of the Construction Section and Civil Litigation Section of the Austin Bar Association.  Ernest is also a candidate for credentialed mediator with the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association.

 
PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author with Fred A. Helms, “The State of the Law In Texas:  Covenants Not to Compete and Covenants Not to Disclose,” 64 Tex. B. J. 32 (2001).
  • Co-author with then Justice Woodfin Jones, “The Duty of a Business Invitor to Protect Business Invitees from the Criminal Acts of Third Parties,” 54 Tex. B. J. 820 (1991).
  • Co-author with Jeff Bohm, “Vehicle Lienholders in Bankruptcy,” 21 U.C.C.L.J. 195 (1989).


 

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