Javier Espinoza Garcia

Attorney at Law


Javier Espinoza Garcia was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He immigrated to the United States with his family at a young age, and he was raised among the working class people of West Texas. The first in his family to graduate college, Javier has met and overcome adversity from an early age. Despite not speaking English when he entered kindergarten, Javier went on to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 with a degree in Psychology and graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2002.

After law school, Javier moved to El Paso, Texas where he began his career at the prestigious plaintiff’s firm of Scherr & Legate PLLC and became a partner after four years with the firm. In January 2008, Javier opened The Law Office of Javier Espinoza, P.C. in San Antonio, Texas as the principal owner and shareholder, which subsequently has now become The Espinoza Law Firm, PLLC.

Since starting his career, Javier has gained extensive trial litigation experience trying and arbitrating an extensive amount of cases to verdict. Javier’s law practice has focused on litigating non-subscriber work injury cases, workers’ compensation retaliation cases under §451 of the Texas Labor Code, third party work injury cases, race, national origin, and gender discrimination cases under state and federal law, as well as violations of the FMLA and ADA .

Javier has extensive trial litigation experience and has obtained several seven figure verdicts. Additionally, Javier’s work injury and labor practice has led him to manage a heavy arbitration docket and he has successfully arbitrated many cases to final hearing. Javier’s experience has been fully focused on litigation – from filing suit, taking depositions, challenging experts, conducting appeals – including oral arguments at the appellate level, filing and arguing against complex motions for summary judgment, negotiating through mediations, and all aspects of litigation and arbitration. Javier litigates cases all over Texas and New Mexico. Javier is a member of the prestigious organization, “American Board of Trial Advocates,” and is the 2016 President of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers. Due to his experience and success, Javier has received numerous statewide awards and honors.

Javier is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

Education

2002 Texas Tech University School of Law – Doctorate of Jurisprudence
1998 University of Texas at Austin – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/English minor

Bar Admissions

Texas State Bar – 2002
New Mexico State Bar – 2003
US Federal District Court Western District of Texas -2003
US Federal District Court Southern District of Texas – 2016
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – 2013

Alternative Dispute Resolution

American Arbitration Association (AAA) – Certified Arbitrator with the AAA. Certified to serve as a neutral arbitrator for cases involving Labor, Employment & Elections matters.

Publications

Through the Backdoor: Manipulating Assumption of Risk and Contributory Negligence to Apply in Texas Nonsubscriber Causes of Action, St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice, Volume 16, Number 1, p. 59-101.

Honors and Awards

2017 – San Antonio Bar Foundation Life Fellow
2016 – President San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association
2015 – Member by Invitation, the American Board of Trial Advocates
2015 – Member by Invitation, the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
2015 – Honored as a Member of the “Nation’s Top One Percent of Attorneys” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel
2015 – Honored as “One of the Best Attorneys in San Antonio” by Scene in S.A. Magazine
2014 – Honored as a “Top 10 Attorneys Under 40 in Texas” by The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc.
2014 – Honored as a Top 40 Under 40 in Texas by the National Trial Lawyer’s Association
2014 – Honored as a “Rising Star” and one of the “Top Young Attorneys” in Texas as published by Thomson Reuters
2014 – Honored as “One of the Best Attorneys in San Antonio” by Scene in S.A. Magazine
2013 – Honored as a Top 40 Under 40 in Texas by the National Trial Lawyer’s Association
2013 – Honored as a “Rising Star” and one of the “Top Young Attorneys” in Texas as published by Thomson Reuters
2013 – Honored as “One of the Best Attorneys in San Antonio” by Scene in S.A. Magazine
2012 – Honored as a Top 40 Under 40 in Texas by the National Trial Lawyer’s Association
2012 – Honored as a “Rising Star” and one of the “Top Young Attorneys” in Texas as published by Thomson Reuters
2012 – Honored as “One of the Best Attorneys in San Antonio” by Scene in S.A. Magazine
2011 – Honored as a “Rising Star” and one of the “Top Young Attorneys” in Texas as published by Thomson Reuters
2011 – Honored as “One of the Best Attorneys in San Antonio” by Scene in S.A. Magazine
2010 – Honored as a “Rising Star” and one of the “Top Young Attorneys” in Texas as published by Thomson Reuters
2009 – Honored as a “Rising Star” and one of the “Top Young Attorneys” in Texas as published by Thomson Reuters
2008 – Honored as a “Rising Star” and one of the “Top Young Attorneys” in Texas as published by Thomson Reuters
2007 – Honored as one of the top 500 Plaintiff’s Attorneys as published by the website, Law Dragon
2006 – Honored as a “Rising Star” and one of the “Top Young Attorneys” in Texas as published by Thomson Reuters

Associations

Member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association
2016 – President of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association
Member of the San Antonio Bar Association
Member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Presentations

2015 – Trial on a Budget, Presented for the Texas State Bar Advanced Civil Trial Law Seminar
2015 – Navigating Through Arbitrations: Presented to the San Antonio Trial Lawyer’s Association
2014 – Positioning Your Case – The Devolution of the Penalty Statute in Non-Subscriber Cases: Presented to the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association
2013 – Work Injuries: What You Need to Know: Presented to the Mexican American Bar Association