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Rafael De La Garza was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. Mr. De La Garza grew up surrounded by a strong hard-working family who continuously emphasized the importance of an education. Motivated by the opportunities for advancement provided by an education, and the ambition to succeed, Mr. De La Garza understood very early on that education was essential. Mr. De La Garza attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, in three years. Upon graduation, Mr. De La Garza was admitted to University of Houston Law Center, where he obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence in only two and a half years.
During his time in law school, Mr. De La Garza worked at a prominent mass tort law firm in addition to UH’s demanding immigration clinic. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. De La Garza worked for a civil litigation firm in south texas. Mr. de la Garza is admitted to practice in Texas and in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Mr. De La Garza’s practice now focuses on a wide range of areas, including commercial litigation, personal injury, immigration, family law and state and federal criminal defense. Mr. De La Garza is fluent in English and Spanish. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and Hidalgo County Criminal Defense Association.