Amy Beckstead

Amy BecksteadAmy Beckstead is an employment attorney, licensed to practice in both Texas and California. Amy’s practice focuses on assisting employers with federal and state employment law compliance, assisting them with issues that arise from hiring to termination. She also defends employers when they are sued or under investigation by governmental agencies, litigating matters in state and federal court and before various governmental agencies. Amy frequently trains executives, managers, and employees on a variety of topics, including creating an inclusive workplace and preventing discrimination and harassment. A popular speaker, Amy has presented to numerous organizations, including the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Practising Law Institute, and TexasBarCLE. Amy has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law.

Passionate about women’s issues both locally and globally, Amy founded MAMAs Austin, a networking organization for mother attorneys in Austin. This organization now has over 400 members in Travis County. Amy is an alumnus of the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women and now serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Academy. In the past three years, Amy has volunteered in Kosovo and Bangladesh for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Center for State Courts, focusing on increasing the number of female lawyers and judges in these countries.

Amy was born and raised on a farm outside of Selden, Kansas. She then attended the University of Kansas School of Law, where she graduated at the top of her class. Amy has been selected to the 2015 and 2016 Texas Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, was selected as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2017 and 2018, and is rated as 10.0 Superb by Avvo and AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2019, Amy was also chosen by Austin Monthly as a “Top Attorney” in Austin for the labor and employment law category. Amy began practicing employment law in San Diego, California at the global law firm DLA Piper, before moving to Austin in 2009. Prior to forming Beckstead Terry PLLC in 2014, Amy was an equity partner at DLA Piper. Vcard | Bio

Sara Kruger Garcia

sara-kruger-garcia-austin-attorneySara Kruger Garcia has focused her career on employment counseling and litigation. After receiving her JD from the University of Texas at Austin as a member of the National Order of the Barristers, she started her career in Silicon Valley as an associate with a small employment law boutique firm. She then worked as a Briefing Attorney for the California Superior Court, assisting a group of civil, discovery, and appeal judges on a wide range of issues. Upon her return to Austin, she adjudicated unemployment insurance appeals for the Texas Workforce Commission. Thereafter, she had a career clerkship with the Honorable United States Magistrate Judge Nancy Stein Nowak, as well as a subsequent clerkship with the Honorable United States Magistrate Judge Henry J. Bemporad. During her tenure with Judge Nowak, she worked on a notable case of first impression interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act. That decision was later affirmed by the Fifth Circuit. Sara has not only completed the requisite training to be a mediator in the state of Texas, she has also completed training for, and served as, a special EEOC mediator for the United States Postal Service.

Although Sara grew up in San Antonio, Texas, her family has had a distinguished history of over one hundred years in the city of Austin. She attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, where she was graduated cum laude and with honors in her major field. Sara is licensed to practice law in California and before the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Jana Terry, JD, CIPP/US

Web-Jana_Terry-8329-EditJana is a privacy and compliance lawyer. A Texas attorney for more than 20 years, she has always had an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach to the practice of law. After beginning her career as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge John Rainey, Jana moved to Canada to attend a graduate school of theology. After earning a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, she re-entered the legal field by working on behalf of the committee of the unsecured creditors of Enron, which was in ruins due to corporate wrongdoing. For many years thereafter, Jana litigated commercial and bankruptcy-related cases (most involving fraud) for top-tier law firms in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, Texas. Jana joined Amy Beckstead to form Beckstead Terry PLLC in 2014.

After litigating cases for many years, Jana now enjoys helping business clients with corporate compliance (i.e., litigation prevention). Jana is particularly focused on laws regarding privacy, data security/breach notifications, anti-corruption and bribery (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and the prevention of slavery in supply chains. She is credentialed as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Jana continues to litigate employment and commercial matters for the firm’s business clients. Jana is admitted to practice in all state, federal and bankruptcy courts in Texas and also has experience before the American Arbitration Association.

Jana has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer for all years between 2015 and 2019. In 2019, Austin Monthly designated Jana as a “Top Attorney” in Austin based on peer reviews. Jana was one of only 3 lawyers chosen for the business law category.

Jana is active with the Austin Bar Association and is a board member of Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMA’s) – Austin. Jana is a past board member of Texas Women Lawyers and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association (TCWLA). For service to the TCWLA, she received the President’s Award. Jana is a past participant in the Robert Calvert Inn of Court, the Austin Bar Association’s Leadership Academy and Leadership Austin’s “Experience Austin” program.

Jana is heavily involved in the Seton Cove Spirituality Center. She has participated in the Cove’s “Leadership Pilgrimage” and enjoys engaging in contemplative practices with other Austin area professionals, including several lawyers.

Jana grew up in Dallas, Texas and West Des Moines, Iowa. She attended Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude. She then attended The University of Chicago Law School, where she graduated with honors and was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review. Jana earned the Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Regent College, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vcard | Bio