Melinda Garcia | vCard
Attorney Melinda Garcia is the Managing Shareholder at the Pleasanton law firm Garcia & Gurney, ALC, where she focuses on providing businesses with the legal advice and assistance they need to compete in today's market.
As a litigator, Ms. Garcia regularly appears in California state courts and private forums such as arbitrations and mediations. As a transactional lawyer, Ms. Garcia has acquired the expertise to competently advise businesses with respect to employment issues, intellectual property, business organization, real estate acquisition, commercial leasing, mergers and acquisitions, international business transactions, and other matters.
Ms. Garcia is known for her keen business sense and her ability to provide effective legal solutions for both businesses and individuals. Ms. Garcia learns as much as possible about her clients' business needs and operating environment.
She is also a firm believer in sharing her knowledge with her clients and others. Ms. Garcia has educated business owners all over California with her popular lecture, "The Ten Things Every Small Business Owner Should Know." She has also taught continuing legal education courses on the formation, taxation, and operation of Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships in California, and has been the keynote speaker for the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and various networking organizations.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Garcia maintains a deep commitment to community service. For three years, Ms. Garcia served as a Director and Chair of the Axis Community Health Foundation, which provides health services to the indigent. She was on the advisory board of the San Jose Regional Medical Center and coached the successful Amador Valley High School Honors Mock Trial Team for five years. Ms. Garcia is a past Director and Officer of the Las Positas College Foundation.
Ms. Garcia holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the Santa Clara University School of Law. She was selected to participate in the Honors Moot Court, the Hispanic National Moot Court, the Santa Clara University Law School Trial Team, and the American Bar Association Negotiation Team. In 1999, she received a Santa Clara University Alumni Award.
- J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law (1999)
- B.A., University of California at Berkeley (1995)
- UCLA, Anderson School of Management, Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies (2014)
- 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
- LLCs, LLPs and Partnerships Organization and Operation, Lorman (2008)
- Advanced LLC Issues, NBI (2008, 2011)
- Drafting Operating Agreements for LLCs, National Business Institute Seminar (2008)
- Essential Skills to Drafting LLC Agreements, National Business Institute Seminar (2008)
- Complications of Employment Law, The Suit Magazine (2014)
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