Nick Garcia is an associate in our Columbus office, with a growing practice focused on bankruptcy and creditors' rights. He also specializes in the areas of labor and employment, education, and government liability.
Before joining Hall Booth Smith, he was a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Laney III, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge for the Middle District of Georgia, and together they co-authored bankruptcy articles published in the Mercer Law Review. During law school at Mercer University, he served as the Editor in Chief for the Mercer Law Review. 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 has assisted both individuals and businesses in litigation involving contract claims and his representation has included successful settlement negotiations.
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.
In addition to his representation of school districts in employment matters, Nick has also assisted private companies and government entities by training their employees on best practices in the workplace with the goal of preventing occurrences that could subject the client to liability.
Nick has represented local municipalities and government entities in employment matters.
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.
A.B.J., University of Georgia, 2011
J.D., cum laude, Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, 2015
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).
Co-authored with the Honorable John T. Laney, III, Bankruptcy, Eleventh Circuit Survey, 67 Mercer L. Rev. 819 (2016).
Co-authored with the Honorable John T. Laney, III, Bankruptcy, Eleventh Circuit Survey, 68 Mercer L. Rev. 929 (2017).
Case Update Chapter 7, 19th Annual Middle District of Georgia Bankruptcy Law Institute, September 2016.
State Bar of Georgia
Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Georgia
W. Homer Drake, Jr. Bankruptcy American Inn of Court
Columbus American Inn of Court
Columbus Bar Association