Nicholas J. Garcia

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Nicholas J. Garcia



Nicholas J. Garcia is a Partner in our Columbus office, with a growing practice focused on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. He also specializes in labor and employment, education, government liability, and property tax appeal litigation.

Before joining Hall Booth Smith, Nick was a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Laney III, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Together they co-authored bankruptcy articles published in the Mercer Law Review. Nick earned a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

During law school, he served as the Editor in Chief for the Mercer Law Review. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalismfrom the University of Georgia. He is admitted to practice in both Georgia and Alabama.


Bankruptcy Creditors' Rights

Nick has experience representing and advising corporate creditors in consumer and corporate bankruptcy cases filed under Chapters 7, 11, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. Nick is well-versed in the challenge faced by creditors hailed into bankruptcy court and the process necessary to protect creditors’ interests.

Business Litigation

Nick assists both individuals and business in litigation involving contractual claims and representing contractor and subcontractors in construction matters.

Governmental Liability

Nick represents local municipalities and government entities in employment matters and ad valorem tax matters.


Nick has handled legal matters experienced by the Muscogee County School District and other local school districts. His representation of school districts has included defending school districts in EEOC matters and litigation arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as well as claims arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

He has also assisted in the training of school district employees on school district policies and federal law pertaining to racial harassment, sexual harassment, and non-discriminatory employment and education practices.

Insurance Coverage

Nick has represented insurance providers and their insureds in both first party and third party actions. His experience ranges from automobile coverage to commercial coverage in areas such as personal injury, premises liability, and bad faith.

Labor & Employment

In addition to his representation of school districts in employment matters, Nick assists private companies and government entities through general advisement on employment matters, defense and resolution of claims brought by current and former employees, and training employees of all levels on best practices in the workplace with the goal of preventing occurrences that could subject the client to liability.



State Courts:

  • Alabama
    • Supreme Court
  • Georgia
    • Court of Appeals

U.S. District Courts:

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia


  • J.D., cum laude, Mercer University, 2015
  • A.B., Journalism, University of Georgia, 2011


  • American Bar Association
  • Columbus American Inn of Court
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
    • Bankruptcy Section
  • W. Homer Drake, Jr. Bankruptcy American Inn of Court



  • Case Update Chapter 7
    19th Annual Middle District of Georgia Bankruptcy Law Institute, September 2016

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