Marcos M. Garza, J.D., M.S.S.W.
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer Marcos M. Garza grew up in McMinn County, Athens, Tennessee. He attended Vanderbilt University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a double-major in Human & Organizational Development in 1996.
In 1998, Mr. Garza received a Master of Science degree in Social Work (MSSW) from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Garza received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2001.
During Law School, Mr. Garza was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1999. While stationed at Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, Mr. Garza's military experience included Criminal, Operational Law, Legal Assistance, Contracts, Family, Ethics, Administrative Law, and Income Taxation. Mr. Garza's billets included that of a Prosecutor/Trial Counsel of Courts Martials, Aide-de-Camp of a General Officer, and also served as a Martial Arts Instructor. Mr. Garza finished his Active Duty with the rank of Captain.
Mr. Garza is a:
• Board Member of The Tennessee Association for Justice,
• Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
• Member of the National College of DUI Defense
• Member of The American Association for Justice,
• Member of The Tennessee Bar Association
• Member of The Knoxville Bar Association, and
• Member of The Sevier County Bar Association.
After his tour as a Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps, Mr. Garza formerly worked in the areas of personal injury, family law and general civil litigation as a solo practitioner in Sevierville, Tennessee.
Mr. Garza is also a graduate of the prestigious National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute. Mr. Garza is one of only a few lawyers across the country who have been certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, the same tests often administered by police officers prior to arresting someone for driving under the influence (DUI).
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer Marcos Garza is licensed to practice in both Tennessee State and Federal Courts, The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
During his free time, Mr. Garza enjoys running, spending time with his wife and three young children, and charcoal grilling on his Big Green Egg.