Contact us 24/7

Profile Summary

Ms. Marisa Y. Garza is an associate attorney at Thomas J. Henry’s San Antonio office.

Ms. Garza has long held a passion for granting a voice to those who often go unheard. As co-founder of the Civil Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund (CRLDEF), Ms. Garza dedicated herself to building a non-profit civil rights organization that would advocate for the rights of minority groups across the nation. As an attorney with CRLDEF, Ms. Garza represented and aided clients with a number of civil rights issues, ranging from individual civil rights matters to American Indian religious freedom court cases – her work included conducting investigations, negations, and research; drafting pleadings, briefs, and administrative complaints; and providing clients with representation in court.

The astounding work Ms. Garza completed with CRLDEF resulted in the organization being recognized by the Native American Section of the Texas Bar for contributions made to the protection of Native American 1st Amendment Rights.

Ms. Garza has also dedicated herself to the growth of others, previously working as an adjunct professor teaching pre-law at both Northwest Vista College and St. Mary’s University. Among the subjects Ms. Garza instructed were Criminal Procedure and Evidence, Criminal Law, Law and Society, and Public Justice Ethics. She also mentored pre-law students as they drafted personal statements and law school applications.

Joining the firm in 2016, Ms. Garza is now committed to helping those who have been injured or lost loved ones due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another. Her practice currently focuses on company vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, auto and trucking accidents, premises liability accident, and product liability accidents. She is admitted to the State Bars of Texas and New Mexico and is also licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and the Pueblo of Santa Ana Tribal Court.

Outside of the firm, Ms. Garza remains dedicated to civil rights and is a member of the Board of Directors of Texas Intertribal Native Enrollment Agency. She is happily married and enjoys spending free time with her husband and her two sons.



  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • Pueblo of Santa Ana Tribal Court
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana (J.D.)
    • Dean David T. Link Social Justice Award
    • Public Interest Legal Forum Summer Internship Grants
    • Received Top 10% Honors on 1st Year Moot Court Brief
    • Television Channel 22 Los Angeles Scholarship
  • St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas (B.A.)
    • Cum Laude