Offices of General Counsel

Melissa Garcia

Assistant General Counsel

Melissa Villarreal Garcia is an Assistant General Counsel in the General Law Section of The University of Texas System Office of General Counsel who provides legal counsel on a broad range of higher education legal issues, including employment, admissions, tuition and fees, student conduct, and civil rights law.

Ms. Garcia received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & M University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. After law school, Ms. Garcia was an associate at Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C. in Houston, Texas. She later moved to Austin and practiced administrative law, civil litigation, and employment law at Strasburger & Price, LLP. Immediately before joining the Office of the General Counsel, she worked as an attorney in the General Law Division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, where she focused her practice on employment law and ethics.