Garrett Couts – who wants to merge his passion for law and agriculture – has joined the McCleskey Law Firm as an associate.
“McCleskey is proud to have Garrett join our firm. We’ve gotten to know him over the past few years filling many roles and as he got closer to finishing law school, we were excited about him joining us as an associate. He will be an asset to the firm and community,” said Jerry Kolander, McCleskey managing partner.
Couts was raised in Pampa. His family farms and he was involved in Future Farmers of America during high school.
He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in agricultural communications with minors in political science and agribusiness from Texas Tech University in 2014.
Three years later he graduated magna cum laude from the Texas Tech University School of Law.
Couts said a mentor in Pampa first planted the idea of a career in law.
“I had a mentor growing up who told me I was going to be an attorney, because I was too argumentative to be anything else,” he said of his high school agriculture teacher.
“I fought him for a long time,” said Couts, somewhat proving his mentor’s point.
While an undergrad at Tech, he decided to go to law school and called his mentor to admit he was right.
“There’s a big need for legal services in the ag community and I saw a legal career as a way to combine all my interests,” he said.
Couts wrote a cover story for The Agriculturist Magazine at Tech about agriculture and law.
While at Tech, Couts was involved in:
- Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Lindsey Senate
- Supreme Court of Texas Tech University, Justice
- Texas Tech Law Student Ambassador Corps
- Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession, Associate, Phase II Member
- Christian Legal Society, Member
He’s currently involved with:
- Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association
- Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Agriculture committee
- Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals of Lubbock
- American Inns of Court
- Phi Delta Phi, Legal Honor Society
- First Baptist Church
The McCleskey Law Firm handles commercial transactions and civil litigation for companies in the agricultural, banking, business, energy, health care, insurance, manufacturing and real estate industries. The firm’s attorneys have both the legal expertise and industry know-how to provide clients with exceptional counsel in a wide array of legal cases. They also provide decades of experience representing individuals in personal injury, family law, estate planning and other important matters.