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 and children’s issues both locally and globally, Amy founded MAMAs Austin, a networking organization for mother attorneys in Austin. This organization now has over 1000 members in Travis County. 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. She also volunteers and serves in leadership positions, along with her two teenagers, with the Young Men’s Service League, Cavaliers Chapter and the Lake Travis National Charity League.

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 2017-2020, and is rated as 10.0 Superb by Avvo and AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2019 and 2020, 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 Ditto PLLC in 2014, Amy was an equity partner at DLA Piper. Vcard | Bio

Connie Ditto, RN JD

Connie Ditto is a seasoned litigation attorney and a mediator. Her practice focuses on forming businesses, assisting with issues that arise through formal and informal disputes, and resolving pre-suit and litigation matters as a mediator. Her empathetic but firm personality and years of experience on both sides of the docket make her a zealous advocate and a skilled mediator.

Connie loves to teach and mentor and is a frequent presenter on legal, dispute resolution, and business topics. She is a member of the Austin Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. She is also a career and community leader, and is a member of the Austin Bar’s 2022 Leadership Academy and a current candidate for election as a council member on the Lakeway City Council. She frequently volunteers on an ad-hoc basis and enjoys doing so with her two young sons. Connie supports many philanthropic organizations including Manos de Cristos, the Ronald McDonald House, the Lake Travis Labor of Love 12:31 Program, and the Lake Travis Education Foundation.

Connie grew up in the Midwest, graduating first in her high school class in 1999. She met her husband while in college in 2002 at a summer internship for nursing students at the Mayo Clinic, and moved to Dallas, Texas upon graduating at the top of her nursing class from Purdue University. She completed the Critical Care and Trauma Nursing Internship at Parkland Hospital, working in the emergency and trauma departments, and the neurological, surgical, and burn intensive care units. She made her home as a Registered Nurse in the medicine intensive care unit until she moved to Chicago, Illinois for law school at Loyola University Chicago. Connie completed her last year of law school at the University of Tennessee, and worked at a prestigious Knoxville health law firm after graduation.

Since moving to Texas in 2011, Connie has worked at litigation firms in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin. Connie’s litigation and dispute resolution practice spans a wide array of fields, including health law, privacy, commercial business disputes, and employment law. She began working with Amy and Jana in 2021, and joined the firm as partner in 2022.

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 Ditto 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 (US and Europe) (CIPP/US & CIPP/E), 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 2020. In 2019 and 2020, Austin Monthly designated Jana as a “Top Attorney” in Austin based on peer reviews. Both years she was selected as Top Attorney in 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

Sara Kruger Garcia, JD

Sara 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.

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