Alma Fernandez

Office: 956-717-1300



Office: 956-717-1300


Sonya Garcia has been practicing law for 24 years. Mrs. Garcia practices in the area of General Civil Litigation, Labor/Employment Law, State/Federal Litigation, Trial Work, and Education Law. Sonya has extensive experience in handling claims before administrative tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other related employment tribunals. Sonya is very well-versed in government-entity defense as she has devoted her entire legal career to working with political subdivisions. Sonya has federal and state court trial experience, as both first and second chair.


Litigation, Accommodations, Transportation and ARD’s

ARD’s a Very Powerful Tool

Dispute Resolution – Including the Due Process Hearing

Section 504 Review and Update

Due Process Investigations in the School Setting

Getting from Point A to Point B:  The Legal Implications Involved in Transporting Special Education Students

Important Role of School Nurses on the Section 504 Committee

Student Searches – Where and When?

Legal Issues Involved in the Transportation of Public-School Students

Globalization: We Are the World – Bilingual Education: The Need to Educate Limited Proficient Students

Litigation – What Every Administrator Should Know

Student Admissions in U.S. Public Schools

Mediation Pointers for Human Resources

State Bar No. 


Areas of Practice:

General Civil Practice




Local Government


JD, University of Houston Law Center, 1995

BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1992

Bar Admissions:

Texas, 1988​

U.S. Supreme Court

5th Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Texas Association of School Boards, Council of School Attorneys

National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys

Webb Bar Association 

Laredo Women's Bar Association


Past Employment Positions:

J. Cruz & Associates, LLC, Attorney, June 2013-Present

Escamilla, Poneck & Cruz, LLP, Associate Attorney, June 2006-May 2013

Webb County Attorney's Office, 1999-2007

Nueces County Attorney's Office, 1998-1999​

Office: (956) 717-1300 Toll Free: (877) 513-1373

216 W Village Blvd Suite 202, Laredo, TX 78041, USA

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