HALL BOOTH SMITH, P.C

Nicholas J. Garcia

1301 1st Avenue,
Suite 100
Columbus, GA 31901

ngarcia@hallboothsmith.com

Attorney at Law

706.243.6254

Biography

Nicholas J. Garcia is an associate 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 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 Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia. He is admitted to practice in both Georgia and Alabama.

Service Specific Experience



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.



Education

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.

Credentials

ADMITTED

  • Georgia

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

  • Alabama

  • Supreme Court of Alabama

  • Court of Appeals of Georgia

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • 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

EDUCATION

  • J.D., cum laude, Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, 2015

  • A.B.J., University of Georgia, 2011

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

  • Columbus American Inn of Court

  • Columbus Bar Association

  • State Bar of Georgia

  • W. Homer Drake, Jr. Bankruptcy American Inn of Court

  • State Bar of Georgia, Bankruptcy Section

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch, 2021, 2022, 2023

Presentations

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

Publications

  • US Supreme Court Holds That Title VII Protects Homosexual And Transgender Employees
    HBS Employment Updates Blog, June 2020 (Read full article)
  • What Should Employers Do When Employees Refuse To Return To Work For Fear Of COVID-19?
    HBS Employment Updates Blog, May 2020 (Read full article)
  • Bankruptcy, Eleventh Circuit Survey
    Co-authored with the Honorable John T. Laney, III, 68 Mercer L. Rev. 929, 2017
  • Bankruptcy, Eleventh Circuit Survey
    Co-authored with the Honorable John T. Laney, III, 67 Mercer L. Rev. 819, 2016
  • Can We Keep a Secret?: The Attorney-Client Privilege and Work-Product Doctrine in the Internal Law Firm Setting 
    St. Simons Waterfront, LLC v. Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, P.C., 65 MERCER L. REV. 559, 2014

In the Press

Hall Booth Smith Attorneys Recognized as 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Thirty-one lawyers from Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) have been honored as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. This recognition is given to attorneys, in a variety of practice groups, who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. This honor is based on Best Lawyers®’  highly selective

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Hall Booth Smith Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Thirty lawyers from Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) have been honored as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. This recognition is given to attorneys, in a variety of practice groups, who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. This honor is based on Best Lawyers’®  highly selective

Read More

Hall Booth Smith Attorneys Recognized in the Inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Edition

Twenty lawyers from Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) have been honored in the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. This recognition is given to attorneys, in a variety of practice groups, who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. This honor is based

Read More

US Supreme Court Holds That Title VII Protects Homosexual And Transgender Employees

Written by: Melanie V. Slaton, Esq.,  Mariel E. Smith, Esq., and Nicholas J. Garcia, Esq. On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) delivered the landmark opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and broadened Title VII liability to include actions by an employer based on the homosexuality or transgender status of the individual

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Biography

Nicholas J. Garcia is an associate 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 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 Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia. He is admitted to practice in both Georgia and Alabama.

Experience

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.

Education

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.

Credentials

ADMITTED
  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • Alabama
  • Supreme Court of Alabama
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • 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
EDUCATION
  • J.D., cum laude, Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, 2015
  • A.B.J., University of Georgia, 2011

Memberships

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

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch, 2021, 2022, 2023

Presentations

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

Publications

  • US Supreme Court Holds That Title VII Protects Homosexual And Transgender Employees
    HBS Employment Updates Blog, June 2020 (Read full article)
  • What Should Employers Do When Employees Refuse To Return To Work For Fear Of COVID-19?
    HBS Employment Updates Blog, May 2020 (Read full article)
  • Bankruptcy, Eleventh Circuit Survey
    Co-authored with the Honorable John T. Laney, III, 68 Mercer L. Rev. 929, 2017
  • Bankruptcy, Eleventh Circuit Survey
    Co-authored with the Honorable John T. Laney, III, 67 Mercer L. Rev. 819, 2016
  • Can We Keep a Secret?: The Attorney-Client Privilege and Work-Product Doctrine in the Internal Law Firm Setting 
    St. Simons Waterfront, LLC v. Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, P.C., 65 MERCER L. REV. 559, 2014

In the Press

Hall Booth Smith Attorneys Recognized as 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Thirty-one lawyers from Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) have been honored as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. This recognition is given to attorneys, in a variety of practice groups, who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. This honor is based on Best Lawyers®’  highly selective
Read More

Hall Booth Smith Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Thirty lawyers from Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) have been honored as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. This recognition is given to attorneys, in a variety of practice groups, who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. This honor is based on Best Lawyers’®  highly selective
Read More

Hall Booth Smith Attorneys Recognized in the Inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Edition

Twenty lawyers from Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) have been honored in the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. This recognition is given to attorneys, in a variety of practice groups, who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. This honor is based
Read More

US Supreme Court Holds That Title VII Protects Homosexual And Transgender Employees

Written by: Melanie V. Slaton, Esq.,  Mariel E. Smith, Esq., and Nicholas J. Garcia, Esq. On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) delivered the landmark opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and broadened Title VII liability to include actions by an employer based on the homosexuality or transgender status of the individual
Read More