Roland Garcia: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Roland Garcia

Houston,  TX  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Government Law & Policy
  • Commercial Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 713.374.3510
Fax: 713.374.3505
University Baylor University, B.B.A., Graduate of the Honors Program with Distinction, cum laude, 1981 Beta Gamma Sigma, Gamma Beta Phi, Beta Alpha Psi, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Fraternities
Law SchoolSouth Texas College of Law, J.D., 1986 Phi Delta Phi Honorary Fraternity, Editor, South Texas Law Review
Admitted1986, Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas; Supreme Court of the United States

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board of Visitors, the United States Naval Academy
•Chairman, Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board
•Board Member, Greater Houston Partnership
•Board Member, Harris County Hospital District Foundation
•Board Member, Memorial Hermann Health System
•Board Member, Houston Arts Alliance
•Advisory Board Member, Taipei Society
•President, Houston YET Center, Inc.
•Life fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
•fellow, American Bar Foundation
•fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Houston Bar Association
•Member, State Bar of Texas
•Graduate, American Leadership Forum
•Graduate, Center for Houston's Future
•Graduate, Leadership Houston
•Volunteer, United Way; March of Dimes; Special Olympics; YWCA; Boy Scouts; Habitat for Humanity; Mental Health Association; Aspiring Youth of Houston; Girls Inc.; and numerous mentoring programs for elementary, middle school and high school youth
•Past President, Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA)
•Past President, Dispute Resolution Center
•Past President, Hispanic Bar Association
•Past President, Houston Bar Association
•Past President, Texas Young Lawyers Association
•Past Board Member, Harris County Houston Sports Authority
•Past Board Member, State Bar of Texas
•Past Trustee, Texas Bar Foundation
•Past Member, Community Commission of the Houston Community College System
•Past Member, HISD Task Force on Magnet and Vanguard Programs
•Past Member, Texas Supreme Court's Gender Fairness Task Force
•Past Member, Texas Supreme Court's Judicial Selection Task Force
•Past Member, Texas Supreme Court's Rules Advisory Committee

MilitaryU.S. Marine Corp., OCS/PLC Graduate, 1978; U.S. Marine Corp. Reserves, 1978-1981
BornCorpus Christi, Texas, December 26, 1958

Roland Garcia has tried lawsuits in state and federal trial courts, and has argued appeals in state and federal appellate courts. He has handled many high profile cases and has been quoted regarding these cases by The National Law Journal, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Austin-American Statesman, Corpus Christi Caller Times, Texas Lawyer and others. Roland was named a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine.

Roland has represented a major engineering and construction firm with claims for breach of contract, interference with contract and prospective business relations, violations of the Texas Prompt Pay Act, violations of the Texas Public Information Act and ultra vires acts by government officials; represented a major oil company in a state-wide class action lawsuit for underpayment of royalties; a distributor in a claim for breach of nondisclosure, confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements; a software company in a misappropriation of trade secrets and injunction case; a record label, music publishing company and a recording artist in a copyright infringement lawsuit; a record label in a Digital Millennium Copyright Act case; a recording studio in a misappropriation of name and likeness lawsuit; a national bank in commercial and premises liability cases; a major hospital system in commercial, leasing and charitable trust litigation; a law firm in a breach of fiduciary duty and fraud case; an oilfield supplier in a trade secrets and disgorgement case; a restaurant in a breach of concession agreement in an airport food and beverage purveyor contract; a mortgage company in a deceptive trade practices and fair debt collection practices case; an electronics manufacturer in a class action patent dispute; a barge fleeting company in a water boundary and land title dispute; a hazardous chemical waste facility in an ownership and permitting dispute; and a national outdoor marketing firm on a challenge to the constitutionality of an ordinance restricting First Amendment and commercial speech. Additionally, Roland has considerable experience in local, state and national governmental relations and political matters, and in government contracts, grants, procurement, concessions, open records and public information act demands, and due process challenges.

Active in the legal profession, Roland was the first minority to be elected President of the Houston Bar Association, the fifth largest voluntary bar association in the country, with more than 11, 000 members. He also served as President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, an elected position of the 22, 000 member state-wide lawyers organization. Roland was President of the Hispanic Bar Association and President of the Dispute Resolution Center. He was an elected Director of the State Bar of Texas, and was a Trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation. President Barack Obama appointed Roland to the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy, the governing body for the prestigious Annapolis, Maryland institution. Roland was appointed by the Mayor and Houston City Council to the board of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority. He serves as Chairman of the Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board. He also serves on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership, Memorial Hermann Health System, Harris County Hospital District Foundation and Houston Arts Alliance. He is a fellow of the ABA, Texas and Houston Bar Foundations. Roland served on the Texas Supreme Court's Judicial Selection Task Force which reported on the method for selecting and retaining judicial officers that would best serve the people of Texas, on the Texas Supreme Court's Gender Fairness Task Force and on the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee.

Roland has received numerous honors, is a community leader, and is active in local, state and national politics, serving on numerous finance and steering committees of office holders and candidates. He is a frequent writer and speaker on legal topics such as expert witnesses and discovery and on civic topics such as volunteerism, education and minority opportunities.

The above representations were handled by Mr. Garcia prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Areas of Concentration

•Commercial litigation
•Fraud and fiduciary duty litigation
•Restrictive covenant enforcement
•Restraining orders and permanent injunctions
•Non-compete, nondisclosure and non-solicitation disputes
•Trade secret protection
•Music royalty litigation
•Copyright infringement litigation
•Music publishing disputes
•First Amendment, open records and due process law
•Constitutional challenges to statues and ordinances
•Governmental litigation and ultra vires acts
•Governmental relations, contracting and litigation
•Energy litigation
•Health care litigation
•Charitable trust litigation
•Land title and water boundary litigation
•Appellate law

Awards & Recognition

•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers Government Relations Law Firm of the Year, 2014
•Ranked, Tier 1 - Government Relations, Austin Metropolitan Area
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003, 2005-2014
•Recipient, Leadership in Action Award, Leadership Houston, 2013
•Team Member, a Law360 Appellate Practice Group of the Year, 2010
•Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, Hispanic Bar Association, 2010
•Recipient, DiversityFirst Award, 2007
•Recipient, Alumni of the Year Award South Texas College of Law, 2006
•Recipient, H Texas Magazine, Top Lawyer Award, 2006
•Recipient, Leadership Houston 25 Distinguished Alumni Award, 2006)
•Recipient, Texas Legends Award, 2005
•Recipient, AAMA Hero Award, 2004
•Recipient, Bikur Cholim Hospital Jerusalem International Brotherhood Award, 2004
•Recipient, Savvy Award, 2003
•Recipient, March of Dimes Honorary Family Award, 2002
•Recipient, NAACP Alex Award in Legal Excellence, 2002
•Recipient, United Way Leadership Award, 2002
•Recipient, Leadership Award, Center for Houston's Future, 2001
•Recipient, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Baylor University, 1998
•Recipient, Certificate of Citation, Texas House of Representatives, 1993
•Recipient, Five Outstanding Young Houstonians Award, 1993
•Recipient, Presidential Citation, State Bar of Texas, 1992
•Recipient, President's Award, Houston Bar Association, 1990
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Author, Texas Judges, Tough Choices: System Needs Changing-Now, Houston Chronicle C, 1, March 24, 1996
•Co-Author, Contribution and Indemnity in Maritime Litigation, 30 South Texas Law Review 215, 1989
•Co-Author, The New Discretionary Review Powers of the Texas Supreme Court, 50 Texas Bar Journal 1201, 1987

•Presenter, Open Records Update, The Seminar Group, Government Law Seminar, Houston, TX, October 14, 2014
•Presenter, Path to Leadership, State Bar of Texas, Texas Minority Attorney Program, April 27, 2012
•Presenter, Ethical Consideration When Preparing a Witness, Harris County Attorney's Office, Houston, TX, November 12, 2009
•Presenter and Author, Testimony From Your Own Witnesses: Direct Examination Strategies, University of Houston Law Foundation, The Jury Trial, Houston, Texas, August 7, 2008; Dallas, TX, August 14, 2008; Houston, TX, August 6, 2009; Dallas, TX, August 13, 2009
•Presenter and Author, Direct Examination Strategies: Getting Testimony From Your Own Witnesses So That It Is Clear and Persuasive, University of Houston Law Foundation, The Jury Trial, Houston, TX, November 29, 2007; Dallas, TX, December 6, 2007
•Presenter and Author, Direct Examination Strategies, University of Houston Law Foundation, Litigation and Trial Tactics Seminar, Dallas, TX, December 1, 2006; Houston, TX, December 8, 2006
•Presenter and Author, How to Win the Big Case, State Bar of Texas, Minority Lawyers Conference, Houston, April 28, 2006
•Presenter and Author, The Intersection of Law, Business and Ethics, Leadership Houston, TX, November 14, 2002
•Presenter and Author, Discovery About Experts, Litigation and Trial Tactics, University of Houston Law Foundation, Dallas, TX, December 7, 1995; Houston, TX, December 14, 1995
•Presenter and Author, Discovery Strategy Under the New Rules - How to Get Information; How to Protect It, Litigation and Trial Tactics, University of Houston Law Foundation, Dallas, TX, July 2, 1999; Houston, TX, July 9, 1999
•Presenter and Author, Federal Civil Reform Act of 1990 and Federal Court Practice, South Texas College of Law Advanced Litigation Course, Houston, TX, June 8, 1992
•Presenter and Author, Update on Texas Indemnity Law, Hispanic National Bar Association, San Antonio, TX, September 13, 1991
•Presenter and Author, Ethics in Corporate Law, American Corporate Counsel Association, Houston, TX, August 16, 1988

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

02.02.15 Greenberg Traurig's Roland Garcia Serves as Delegate to Investment and Trade Mission to Panama and Colombia
12.18.14 Greenberg Traurig's Roland Garcia Obtains Victory in a Copyright Case Involving Tejano Music
12.04.14 Greenberg Traurig's Roland Garcia Appointed to Houston Arts and Cultural Plan Community Advisory Committee
09.22.14 19 Greenberg Traurig Texas Attorneys Named 2014 Texas Super Lawyers
11.11.13 Greenberg Traurig's Roland Garcia Receives Leadership in Action Award from Leadership Houston
09.19.13 18 Greenberg Traurig Texas Attorneys Named 2013 Texas Super Lawyers
04.17.13 Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Roland Garcia Appointed to Dallas Panel for the White House Fellows Program
08.11.11 Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Roland Garcia Appointed to the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy by President Obama
10.01.10 Mayor Parker Announces 2010 Hispanic Heritage Awards Recipients and Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board
09.13.10 Fifteen Greenberg Traurig Texas Shareholders selected as Super Lawyers by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine


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Roland Garcia

1000 Louisiana, Suite 1700
HoustonTX 77002


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