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Melinda Garcia

Managing Shareholder

Attorney Melinda Garcia is the Managing Shareholder at the Pleasanton law firm Garcia & Gurney, 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. She taught continuing legal education courses on the formation, taxation, and operation of Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships in California. Ms. Garcia served on the State Bar Association’s Business Law section committee from 2010 to 2012. She has educated business owners all over California with her popular lecture, "The Ten Things Every Small Business Owner Should Know" and was the keynote speaker for the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and various networking organizations.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Garcia maintains a deep commitment to community service. For three years, she served as a director and chair of the Axis Community Health Foundation, which provides health services to the indigent. She was active in the Junior League from 2007 to 2013, and coached the successful Amador Valley High School Honors Mock Trial Team for five years. Ms. Garcia was on the Board of Directors of the Las Positas College Foundation for seven years.

Ms. Garcia holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the Santa Clara University School of Law. In 2014, she received a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies from UCLA, Anderson School of Management. Ms. Garcia was also 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.


Additional Languages:

  • Spanish

Work History:

Shareholder at Garcia & Gurney, A Law Corporation 2005-present
Partner at Garcia and Haskett LLP 2003-2005
Attorney at Castleman Law Firm 2002-2003
Attorney at Bowman and Brooke LLP 2000-2002


Professional Associations/Memberships:

  • State Bar of California (2000-Present)


  • Featured in the California Lawyer article “Is Change on the Horizon?” (August 2014)
  • 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)

Speaking Engagements:

Presentation Name Conference Date
How to Avoid Legal Problems In Your Business How to Avoid Legal Problems In Your Business (Mt. Diablo Business Women's Association) 2012
2012 Legal and Tax Update: Start the Year Off Right 2012 Legal and Tax Update: Start the Year Off Right (Women in Consulting) 2012
Advanced LLC Issues, NBI Advanced LLC Issues, NBI 2011
Exit Strategies for Small Business Owners Exit Strategies for Small Business Owners 2009
LLCs, LLPs and Partnerships Organization and Operations LLCs, LLPs and Partnerships Organization and Operations 2008
Advanced LLC Issues, NBI Advanced LLC Issues, NBI 2008