Independence Divorce Attorney Lisa K. Garza | Cordell & Cordell

Lisa K. Garza

Senior Litigation Attorney

Independence divorce attorney Lisa GarzaIndependence divorce attorney Lisa Garza realizes that family law thrusts individuals into a complicated legal system and she believes that navigating the courts alone puts too much at risk. She finds providing legal counsel and guidance rewarding because it allows her to reduce risks for those who must rely on the court system to resolve contested issues.

“Family law is like no other law,” Ms. Garza said. “Each case must be analyzed individually, and there is no one-size-fits-all strategy. I am a fiduciary to each person who puts their trust in me to assist them through the process. I only do what is in the best interest of each client.”

Ms. Garza does not shy away from complicated jurisdictional issues. She has litigated move-away cases under the UCCJEA and kidnapping cases under UCAPA. She also has defended protection order cases at the Kansas Court of Appeals.

She believes active listening is key regardless of the case she is working.

“Good communication and working closely with each client to achieve their best possible outcome governs every step I take,” she said.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Garza is licensed to practice in Kansas and Missouri as well as the U.S. Tax Court.

Education

Ms. Garza earned her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Science. from Washburn University. Prior to completing her education, she was a Kansas certified police officer and graduated from the Johnson County, Kan., Police Academy.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Garza practiced family law, elder law, and Social Security Disability law from 2008 until February 2016, when she joined Legal Aid of Western Missouri as their Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Director. She moved to the Municipal Defense Unit in November 2017 where she represented indigent defendants of Kansas City, Mo., municipal ordinance violations.

During her time with KLS, she was assigned to Wyandotte, Johnson, Miami, Franklin, and Linn Counties, where she represented clients with Protection from Abuse or Stalking Orders, divorce, paternity, child custody, and child support litigation.

While working as the Director for the LITC at LAWMO, she met clients across Missouri. She represented taxpayers with federal, state, and local tax disputes.

Associations

  • Wyandotte County, Kansas, Bar Association (member since 2008) – Past President
  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City (member since 2015)
  • Missouri Bar Association (member since 2015)

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Garza has provided presentations to the Wyandotte County Bar and Franklin County Bar Associations during her time with KLS. At LAWMO, she provided an in-house CLE to the Joplin office on the basics of supporting tax disputes.