Joel Garza

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Joel earned his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Joel is also a Certified Public Accountant and previously worked for a Big 4 accounting firm in Houston. Joel’s practice focuses on General Business Legal Services, Business Tax Planning, Business Mergers and Acquisitions and Trusts, Wills and Estate Law.While in law school he provided transactional business law representation to entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations as part of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic.

Experience

General Business Legal Services

  • Formed Texas and Delaware limited liability companies, partnerships and corporations
  • Negotiated governance documents and buy-sell agreements
  • Drafted and negotiated employment contracts, leases, licensing agreements, and non-disclosure agreements

Business Tax Planning

  • Advised on tax changes and consequences of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
  • Advised on tax consequences of formation of corporations, S Corporations, partnerships and LLCs
  • Advised on the structures of sales and purchases of businesses to minimize tax liability

Business Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented purchaser of oil and gas properties
  • Represented purchasers and sellers in acquisitions of closely held businesses

Trusts, Wills & Estate Law

  • Developed and implemented succession plans for business owners and their families
  • Structured businesses for management continuity and tax savings for future generations
  • Drafted estate planning documents such as wills and trusts

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D. 2017)
  • Houston Baptist University (M. Acc. 2010)
  • Houston Baptist University (B.B.A., magna cum laude, 2010)

Professional Memberships

  • Certified Public Accountant (Admitted 2013)
  • State Bar of Texas (Admitted 2017)
    • Tax Section
    • Business Law Section
    • Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Tax Section
    • Business Law Section
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Tax Section
    • M&A Section
    • Probate, Trust and Estate Section