From a young age, Krystal Garza knew she wanted to become a lawyer. A child of divorce, a survivor of abuse, and a first-hand witness to domestic violence, Garza is no stranger to hardship. However, she has chosen to harness her personal tragedy for good and bring a spirit of empathy and strength to each client interaction and family law case she is presented with.
Although Garza was born in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, her parents moved their young family to California not long after she was born. Growing up, she had a front-row seat to witness her father’s drug addiction, his abuse of her mother, and his infidelity. By the time she was in 7th grade, the pair were divorcing and her mother was moving her and her young brother back to Rio Grande Valley.
Garza describes the confusion and loss she felt at this time, “Even though my father had made horrible choices, I found that I still loved him. I felt bitter with my mother for moving us and my father for not making an effort to keep in contact with me.”
Determined to make something of herself and rise above her circumstances, Garza excelled in school, graduating from high school in just 3 years, and college with honors in only 2 years. After graduating from undergrad, she immediately began law school in San Antonio, Texas. Amidst getting her law degree, her relationship of nearly 10 years came to an end as the result of the infidelity of her partner.
“For the first time, I realized the pain my mother must have felt all those years ago,” Garza recalls.
She was awash with renewed empathy for her mother and the situation she had endured for years. Still reeling from the loss, Garza reached within and found a strength she didn’t know she had and poured herself into finishing her law degree and passing the bar exam.
When the call came that she had passed the bar, she recalls feeling overwhelmed with relief and pride for how far she’d come. This feeling was magnified when she had the opportunity to fly to Washington DC and be sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas.
While being sworn in, Justice Thomas reminded her, “Lions don’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep.”
While she couldn’t fully grasp the implications of his words then, that is the mantra that she lives by today.
A few months later, Krystal Garza got a call from Texas congressman Vincent Gonzalez and an offer to work for him in Grande Rio Valley. She returned and began to practice law in her hometown. At first, she shied away from family law, as the cases stirred her traumatic memories. However, she knew that she could use her pain and past to be a vessel for good and serve as a voice for the voiceless. When she began practicing family law, she was immediately struck by how prevalent the culture of familial disputes and cosmetic violence in South Texas was.
“The mentality is completely backward,” she explains, “The parents are so focused on themselves and their hatred for their partner that the child is often forgotten entirely.”
When working with families, her priority is to get her client to a place in which they can put their child first. She reminds clients that their emotions are temporary but the actions they perform in front of their children can last a lifetime. Garza feels profoundly fortunate to be able to make a positive impact in the lives of her clients and their families.
“I want my clients to realize that even in their hardest moments, they have an ally in me. There is nothing that will be put in front of you that you won’t be able to get through, you just have to find it within yourself. Just as the moon goes down and the sun rises, you will too.”
To schedule a consultation with Krystal Garza and learn more about her compassionate, child-focused approach to family law, visit. https://www.krystalgarzalaw.com/
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