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  • Melinda Garcia Managing Shareholder
  • Phone: 925-468-0400

    Fax: 925-468-0276

    Email: Melinda Garcia ›

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Attorney Melinda Garcia leads the transactional practice group at Garcia & Gurney, ALC. Ms. Garcia has practiced in the areas of business and employment law since 2000. She regularly counsels companies in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, employment, executive compensation, intellectual property, international business transactions, formations, and commercial real estate transactions.

She holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley, Santa Clara University School of Law, and a Certificate in the Management Development Entrepreneurship from Anderson School of Management and UCLA. Most recently, Ms. Garcia received certificates from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Latino Entrepreneur Program and the Haas School of Business (U.C. Berkeley) Venture Capital Executive Program.

Ms. Garcia teaches continuing legal education courses on the formation, taxation, and operation of Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships in California, as well Employment Law Compliance in California and Texas.

Ms. Garcia enjoys a “Superb” peer rating from AVVO and was selected as part of the Top 10% of Lawyers practicing Employment Law by the Lawyers of Distinction for 2015-2017. In 2016, Ms. Garcia won the WRMSDC Guardian Award. In 2011, the Women’s Initiative named her Entrepreneur of the Year in the Professional category. Ms. Garcia is currently a board member of the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council and a member of the Alliance of CEOs.

Education:

Additional Languages:

  • Spanish

Professional Associations/Memberships:

  • 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
  • State Bar of Texas (2015)

Publications:

  • 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)

Speaking Engagements:

Astra North California WBE Economic Development Summit 2017
Executive Skills and Traps for Managers (Private Client Event) 2017
Marijuana In the Work Place 2017
Managing Millennials 2017
Exit Strategies – Business Succession Workshop 2016
Managing Your Workforce 2016
Getting Ready for 2016: Employment Law Update 2015
Guide to Understanding Paid Sick Leave 2015
Managing Your Workforce in 2015 2014
Cleaning House; Getting Ready for 2014 2013
How to Stay out of Trouble in 2012
(Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising)
2012
Management, Effective Performance & Terminations in the Workplace 2012

 

Presentation Name Conference Date
Joint Ventures and Strategic Partnerships WRMSDC Annual Meeting 2016
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
Recognition
  • Featured in the California Lawyer article "Is Change on the Horizon?" (August 2014)
  • Highlighted in The Suit Magazine re "The Complications of Employment Law" (July 2014)
  • Woman Entrepreneur Award Winner in the Professional category. (2011)
  • One of three finalists in Hispanic Business Magazine Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Entrepreneurial Excellence in the Latina Entrepreneur category. (2008)
  • Appeared in an "Up Close" feature in the East Bay Business Times. (2006)
  • Top "40 Under 40" list of business persons by the East Bay Business Times. (2004)
  • Melinda Garcia Named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year