“My object in living is to unite / My avocation and my vocation / As my two eyes make one in sight.” – Robert Frost
Attorney Garza is a Connecticut native who grew up along the shoreline in Groton. He graduated from Fitch Senior High School and went on to study at the University of Connecticut. Leaving the state briefly, he moved to Boston to attend law school.
He graduated in the top 6% of his class from the New England School of Law. He is a three time recipient of the New England Scholar Award, and received awards for the highest grades in Criminal Law, Ethics, Criminal Advocacy, Advanced Criminal Procedure, and Sentencing Law, Policy and Practice. He was an executive editor on the New England Law Review, a member of the National Trial Competition team, and recognized on the Public Service Honor Roll.
Prior to founding his own firm, Attorney Garza worked as a litigation attorney for a Hartford insurance defense firm handling motor vehicle, premises, underinsured and uninsured motorist, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and products liability litigation. Before this, he served as a judicial law clerk to the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court in Hartford and Willimantic, Connecticut. He has also worked for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, as well as for the judges of the Massachusetts Superior Court as an honors judicial intern. Additional experience includes work in the Cybercrimes Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, on the New England Innocence Project, for solo practitioners handling family law matters, and in the Connecticut Office of the Public Defender.
Attorney Garza received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in criminal justice from the University of Connecticut. Outside of the office he enjoys camping, carpentry, tennis, softball, snowboarding, and cooking. He lives in Hartford County with his wife.
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- State of Connecticut
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Federal District of Connecticut
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- New England School of Law, J.D., cum laude
- University of Connecticut, B.A.
- Litigation Associate, Boyle, Shaughnessy & Campo, P.C., Hartford, CT
- Judicial Law Clerk, Connecticut Superior Court, Hartford/Willimantic, CT
- Appellate Student Prosecutor, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA
- Student Prosecutor, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA
- Research Assistant, Prof. Tigran Eldred, New England School of Law, Boston, MA
- Honors Judicial Intern, Suffolk Superior Court, Boston, MA
- Legal Intern, Cybercrimes Division, MA Attorney General’s Office, Boston, MA
- Law Clerk, New England Innocence Project, Boston, MA
- Law Clerk, The Law Office of Tyson R. Ence, Boston, MA
- Law Clerk, The Law Office of Calvin J. Heinle, Boston, MA
- Legal Intern, Connecticut Office of the Public Defender, Hartford, CT
- Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
- Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- The Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court
- Connecticut Bar Association
- Hartford County Bar Association
- Co-Chair, Young Lawyers’ Committee
- Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs
- Occupational Health & Safety of CT, Workers Core Interest Group
- Connecticut Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Statewide Legal Services’ Pro Bono Divorce/Custody Clinic
- UConn Alumni Association
- NESL Alumni Association
- Beta Theta Pi, Quinnipiac Colony Advisor
- South Windsor Men’s Softball League
Honors & Awards
- Connecticut Law Tribune – “New Leaders of the Law” (2015)
- National Association of Distinguished Counsel – Nominee, “Nation’s Top One Percent” (2015)
- Avvo Clients’ Choice Award (2015)
- National Academy of Family Law Attorneys – Nominee, “Top 10 Attorneys Under 40” (2015)
- American Institute of Family Law Attorneys – Nominee, “10 Best Attorneys for the State of Connecticut” (2015)
- American Academy of Trial Attorneys – Nominee, “Premier 100 Trial Attorneys” (2015)
- National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys – Nominee, “Top 10 Under 40” (2015)
- National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys – Nominee, “Top 10 Under 40” (2015)
- National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 (2014)
- Avvo Clients’ Choice Award (2014)
- American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys – Nominee, “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of Connecticut (2014)
- American Institute of Family Law Attorneys – Nominee, “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of Connecticut (2014)
- Avvo Clients’ Choice Award (2013)
- Public Service Honor Roll (2012)
- New England Scholar (2011 – 2012)
- New England Law Review, Executive Editor (2011 – 2012)
- PILA Public Interest Grant Recipient (2011)
- NEL|B Book Award – Advanced Criminal Procedure (2011)
- NEL|B Book Award – Criminal Advocacy (2011)
- NEL|B Book Award – Sentencing Law, Policy & Practice (2011)
- Charles Hamilton Houston Honor Society Inductee (2011)
- New England Scholar Award (2010 – 2011)
- New England Law Review, Associate (2010 – 2011)
- New England Scholar Award (2009 – 2010)
- NEL|B Book Award – Ethics (2010)
- NEL|B Book Award – Criminal Law (2009)
- “Look Ma, No Hands!”: Wrinkles and Wrecks in the Age of Autonomous Vehicles, 46 New Eng. L. Rev. 581, 581-616 (2012).
- The Magic Bullet in People v. Perez: Charging Attempts Based on Culpability and Deterrence Regardless of Apparent Ability, 46 New Eng. L. Rev. 931, 931-950 (2012).
- Proposed M.G.L. ch. 279, § 25: Three-Strikes Outside of Fenway Park 1, 1-20 (2011) (White Paper).
- David C. Vladeck, “Machines Without Principles: Liability Rules and Artificial Intelligence,” 89 Wash. L. Rev. 117 – 150 (2014).
- Rachael Roseman, “When Autonomous Vehicles Take Over the Road: Rethinking the Expansion of the Fourth Amendment in a Technology-Driven World,” 20 Rich. J. L. & Tech. 3 (2014).
- Goodrich, Comment, “Driving Miss Daisy: An Autonomous Chauffeur System,” 51 Hous. L. Rev. 265 (Fall 2013).
- Jeffrey Gurney, “Sue My Car Not Me: Products Liability and Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicles,” Univ. S. Car. Sch. L. (October 2013).
- Courtney Eudy, Law & Science Blog, “Science Fiction or Science Fact: Autonomous Cars May Soon Become Reality for Consumers” (Sep. 26, 2013).
- Bryant Walker Smith, Stanford Law, Center for Internet and Society, “Uncertain Liability” (May 2013).
- Bryant Walker Smith, Stanford Law, “Human Factors in Robotic Torts” (Mar. 2013).
- Dylan LeValley, Seattle University Law Review, SUpra, “Autonomous Vehicle Liability — Application of Common Carrier Liability,” (2013).
- Gwern, LessWrong.com, “Notes on Autonomous Cars” (Jan. 2013).
- IP Osgoode, Intellectual Property Law & Tech. Program, “Legal Challenges of Autonomous Driving,” (November 2012).
- Nancy Situ, CodeXIntern, “Legal Challenges of Autonomous Driving,” (Nov. 2012).