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 2017 – Named a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine. 2017 – Honored as “One of the Best Attorneys in San Antonio” by Scene in S.A. Magazine. 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 2017 – Employment Law Update, Presented at the State Bar of Texas’ “Texas Minority Attorney Program.” 2017 – Fighting the Good Fight-A Brief Overview of Handling Workplace Injuries, Presented at the Hidalgo County Bar Association David Hockema Civil Trial Law Conference. 2016 – Work Injuries, Presented at the Texas State Bar Advanced Personal Injury Trial Law Seminar. 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