ABOUT ATALIA GARCIA WILLIAMS
I am Atalia Garcia Williams, and I am running to be your next Dallas County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2-1. I was born in Mesquite, Texas, and raised in Pleasant Grove. I currently reside in Sunnyvale, Texas, with my husband, an Attorney and U. S. Navy Veteran, and our children. I have been licensed as an Attorney for over twelve years. I am also the founder of Garcia Legal Group, P.C. I am trained in Mediation and Conflict Resolution and licensed as a Texas Real Estate Agent. As a small business owner, who grew up in this community and has established a law firm that serves our community, I understand the complexity and unique needs that we all share. I am proud to be from and still live in this community, and I will continue to serve it as an attorney, a real estate professional, and your vote as your next Justice of the Peace.
As the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, I learned the importance of hard work early in life. Before I graduated high school, I was already translating business contracts and balancing checkbooks for my father, who was building a small business to supplement our family’s income. I graduated college and law school and became a lawyer, all as a single mother working to support my daughter. I believe that you can succeed if you are willing to put in the work.
Early on, I understood the importance of education. After graduating from H. Grady Spruce High School in Dallas, I received my Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. I became the first in my family to graduate from high school and earn a college degree. I then continued my studies at Texas Wesleyan University’s School of Law (now known as Texas A&M University School of Law), earning my law degree. To further broaden my knowledge in business and leadership, I then completed my Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. I was an adjunct instructor for Baker College and American Business and Technology University, teaching courses related to business law and the criminal justice system. Both universities aimed to educate the working adult, a mission near and dear to my calling.
As a practicing attorney, I am well versed in many areas of law. I first opened my law firm in 2010, which eventually evolved into Garcia Legal Group, P.C., in 2014. I am admitted to practice law in the State of Texas, the United States District Court -Northern District of Texas, the United States District Court-Eastern District of Texas, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court. My practice is well-versed in criminal law, immigration law, real estate law, bankruptcy law, family law, probate law, and civil and personal injury law. Early in my legal career, I practiced wrongful foreclosure defense, where I learned that many people in my community are affected by a lack of access to legal resources.
I believe in giving back to my community. Currently, I serve as a Board Member of the Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce, as the Economic Development Chair of the Executive Committee, and as a member of several other organizations. I have served and held membership in numerous boards and organizations. Equitable access to legal services is paramount for the people in our communities. To that end, I have hosted and volunteered at countless different pro-bono events. Because I grew up in this community, I am keenly aware of what is essential to the people in our Precinct. I organized canned food drives, turkey giveaways, and a Toy Drive for Buckner Children’s Home. Additionally, I have participated in radio and tv programs to educate the community about their legal rights. I mentored youth throughout my career in hopes of inspiring them to reach for their dreams.
As a survivor of domestic violence, former single mother, and working student, to ultimately becoming a small business owner, attorney, mediator, and realtor, I am dedicated to ensuring that people are treated fairly in our justice system. You will be given your day in court. You will know that I understand you. I am an experienced attorney dedicated to access to the courts, justice, and equity. I will work with current eviction diversion groups and ensure that landlords and tenants know where to find resources to keep people in their homes and the landlords paid. I will work to bring interpreters and translation of all documents to the courtroom. I will work to establish a mentorship program for the local youth. As a citizen of Precinct 2 you will know that I will listen to you and respect you. I will bring my real-world experience as an individual and my experience as an Attorney to ensure the law is upheld while being just and fair. My mission is to bring diversity and restore trust and fairness to Precinct 2, Place 1, Justice of the Peace Court.