Roland Garcia: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Roland Garcia

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Houston,  TX  U.S.A.
Phone713.374.3510

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Government Law & Policy
  • Commercial Litigation
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 713.374.3510
Fax: 713.374.3505
http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Roland-Garcia
 
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
 
Memberships Houston Bar Association (Past President); State Bar of Texas (Past Board Member); American Bar Association; Hispanic Bar Association (Past President); Texas Young Lawyers Association (Past President).

 
BornCorpus Christi, Texas, December 26, 1958
 
Biography

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 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 music label, music publishing company and a recording artist in a copyright infringement lawsuit; 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 and Harris County Hospital District Foundation. Roland serves on the Advisory Boards of the Public Interest Law Program and Blakely Advocacy Institute. 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 inunctions

· Non-compete, nondisclosure and non-solicitation disputes

· Trade secret protection

· Energy litigation

· Health care litigation

· Charitable trust litigation

· Land title and water boundary litigation

· Music royalty litigation

· Copyright infringement litigation

· Appellate law

· First amendment, open records and due process law

· Constitutional challenges to statues and ordinances

· Governmental relations, contracting and litigation

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

· Advisory Board Member, Taipei Society

· Advisory Board Member, Baylor Medical School/UH Law Center Joint M.D./J.D. Committee

· President, Houston YET Center, Inc.

· Life fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

· American Bar Foundation (Fellow)

· Houston Bar Foundation (Fellow)

· Steering Committee Member, Houston Challenge 2000

· 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 Board Member, Memorial Hermann Continuing Care Corp.

· 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

Awards & Recognition

· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003, 2005-2013

· 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

Professional Experience

Military Experience

· U.S. Marine Corp., OCS/PLC Graduate, 1978

· U.S. Marine Corp. Reserves, 1978-1981

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications

Articles

· 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

Lectures

· 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

 
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