Mario de la Garza

Partner since 2018
Founder
Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
(713) 784-1010
Fax:
(713) 784-1011
Email:

MARIO E. DE LA GARZA represents victims of catastrophic personal injury in a variety of contexts, including industrial, workplace, and premises injuries, trucking and serious automobile accidents, wrongful death, defective products, and medical malpractice.

Mr. de la Garza began his legal career as an appellate lawyer at Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he drafted appellate briefs and trial motions in complex civil matters. He then gained international transaction experience at Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP. In early 2009, Mr. de la Garza decided to focus his efforts on representing people who have been wronged by the negligence of others. Toward this end, he joined Fleming & Associates, a nationally recognized class and mass action firm, where he worked on a variety of matters including complex pharmaceutical litigation. In August of 2010, Mr. de la Garza became a law firm owner and has since represented victims of catastrophic and serious personal injury.

Areas of Practice

  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Complex Commercial Disputes

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2003
  • New York, 2012

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor, 2003
  • Harvard University
    • Bachelor of Arts in History & Science, 1998
    • Certificate in Mind/Brain/Behavior
    • David McCord Prize

Published Works

  • Author: "The Court’s Charge in Texas: A Brief Overview," TYLA eNews, State Bar of Texas, January 2007
  • Author: "The Age of Webcasting: Online Video Broadcasts of Supreme Court Oral Arguments," published in The Appellate Advocate, Winter 2006
  • Co-Author (with Murry B. Cohen): "Post-verdict Preservation of Error," State Bar of Texas 27th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, Fall 2004

Representative Cases

  • Obtained an $11,162,529.00 verdict for the mother and widow of a young father killed by a drunk driver who was overserved by a bar, although neither the bar not the drunk could pay anything toward the judgment
  • Obtained a substantial but confidential monetary sum for the widow and children of a hardworking demolition worker that lost his life on the job;
  • Obtained a substantial but confidential monetary sum for a young mother and her little boy, who developed Kernicterus, a devastating, life-long bilirubin-induced brain dysfunction, after his doctors and nurses failed to give him the proper medical treatment in the NICU
  • Obtained a substantial but confidential monetary sum for a young father, husband, and worker who went the extra mile after his boss had assigned him to perform a task only two could perform, leading to catastrophic crushing injuries to his foot that severely limited his ability to work
  • Obtained a substantial but confidential monetary sum for a young IT specialist knocked unconscious and traumatically brain-injured by flying concrete at a speedway after a car lost control and collided with a grossly inadequate barrier
  • Obtained a substantial but confidential monetary sum for a couple hit head-on by a drunk driver, where the wife suffered severe injuries requiring major surgery
  • Obtained a substantial but confidential monetary sum for a seasoned psychologist and grandfather who, while riding his bike in the neighborhood, suffered severe injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, when he was clotheslined by a rope that was extended across the street by a tree removal contractor, who had been hired by a property management company that failed to properly vet the contractor
  • Obtained a substantial settlement for two young women when they sustained severe injuries after an eighteen wheeler crashed into their small car
  • Obtained a substantial settlement for a couple and their two children who were severely injured after a delivery truck driver improperly drove the box truck in reverse, hitting the family’s car and dragging it for a distance
  • Obtained a substantial settlement for a young man who suffered severe injuries after a fuel tanker truck ran a red light and crashed into his small car
  • Obtained a substantial confidential settlement for a young father and husband who suffered severe electrical burns and neuropsychological injuries as a result of faulty equipment at his assigned worksite.
  • Obtained a $3,250,000 settlement for a bicyclist who was catastrophically injured after being smashed and thrown by a truck driven by a reckless driver

Classes/Seminars

  • Appellate Case Update, Author/Presenter, HBA Appellate Section Meeting, 2004

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Top Lawyers, Personal Injury, Houstonia Magazine, 2013, 2014
  • Houston’s Top Lawyers, Personal Injury, H Texas Magazine, 2012, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA), Member
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association (HTLA), Member
  • New York State Trial lawyers Association (NYSTLA), Member
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, Member, Advisory Board
  • Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston, Member
  • Alumni of the Spence Trial Lawyers College (TLC), Member, F Warriors

Past Employment Positions

  • Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP
  • Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Fleming & Associates
  • Tucker, Barnes, Garcia & de la Garza, P.C., Shareholder

Languages

  • Spanish