HALL BOOTH SMITH, P.C
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.
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.
Nick assists both individuals and business in litigation involving contractual claims and representing contractor and subcontractors in construction matters.
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.
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.
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.
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