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Practice Overview

FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT (MSPB)

Mr. Garcia has more than 15 years of experience representing Federal Law Enforcement Officers. For 13 years he served as the General Counsel to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Local 3307 (Rio Grande Valley Sector). Over the years he has assisted Federal Officers/Agents in numerous internal investigations, critical incidents, officer involved shootings, death in custody incidents and charges of misconduct. He has successfully represented Officers/Agents in responding to proposed disciplinary action and in appeals of final disciplinary action before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

If you are a non-union member or a supervisor facing suspension or removal proceedings, we can help. Call us for an immediate appointment at (956) 223-2550

Family/Divorce Mediation

Mediation is one of the best ways to resolve divorce or separation disputes.

In a great many cases the answer is working with a professional divorce mediator.  Mediation is a way for couples to resolve their conflicts during and after a divorce or separation. It is possible to come to an agreement even in the face of anger, fear and hurt. Mr. Garcia is an experienced and trained mediator. He can help couples resolve disputes by clearly defining the issues in dispute, keeping the lines of communication open and promoting constructive discussions. Mediation is private, confidential, fast, less expensive than traditional divorce and highly successful in most cases.

Contact us at (956) 223-2550 for a personal no charge initial consultation to see if mediation is right for you.

HEALTH CARE ARBITRATOR

Mr. Garcia has been trained and qualified by the American Health Lawyers Association as an Arbitrator to preside over health care controversies including, but not limited to withdrawal of medical privileges, fraud and abuse, health plan disputes, breach of healthcare and medical employment agreements and other employment or labor controversies.

Mr. Garcia is currently listed in the American Health Lawyers Association Roster of Neutrals. For fair and final action, request Mr. Garcia to serve as a Peer Review Hearing Officer by visiting www.healthlawyers.org/drs or by contacting Carine Brice at [email protected] Tel: (202) 833-0762 or Geoff Drucker at [email protected] Tel: (202)833-6945.

MEDICAL PEER REVIEW HEARING OFFICER

Mr. Garcia has been trained and qualified by the American Health Lawyers Association to preside over Medical Peer Review Hearings which are an integral part of the credentialing and professional review process conducted by hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Governing boards of healthcare entities are charged with the responsibility for making reasonable and principled decisions about who may practice in their facilities or through their organizations. The Health Care Quality Improvement Act and/or medical staff bylaws confer “fair hearing” rights to physicians and other members of hospital medical staffs who are adversely affected by credentialing and peer review decisions.

Mr. Garcia is currently listed in the American Health Lawyers Association Roster of Neutrals. For fair and final action, request Mr. Garcia to serve as a Peer Review Hearing Officer by visiting www.healthlawyers.org/drs or by contacting Carine Brice at [email protected], Tel: (202) 833-0762 or Geoff Drucker at [email protected] , Tel: (202)833-6945.

PROPERTY TAX ARBITRATOR

Mr. Garcia has been trained and qualified by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to preside over cases involving disputes between property owners and county tax appraisal districts. Tax Code Chapter 41A gives property owners meeting certain criteria the option to request binding arbitration as an alternative to filing an appeal of an ARB decision to district court. The binding arbitration option allows a simple alternative after the ARB. The property owner can complete a form and send it with a $500 deposit to request binding arbitration. The best feature of binding arbitration is the arbitrator will truly be independent of both the property owner and the appraisal district. For info, click here.

To invoke arbitration a property owner must file a Request for Binding Arbitration plus the required deposit with the Comptroller’s Office within 45 days of receiving the Appraisal Review Board determination. The Comptroller’s office will mail the property owner a letter with instructions on accessing the Arbitrator Registry together with the Appointment of Arbitrator form. The property owner and the appraisal district may mutually agree on an arbitrator. Mr. Garcia is listed in the Arbitrator Registry and can preside over cases statewide.

TEA SPECIAL EDUCATION MEDIATOR

Mr. Garcia is a contract Special Education Mediator with the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Federal law requires that students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Mediation is one of three programs designed for resolving disagreements that can arise regarding the educational program for an eligible student for special education and related services. There is no cost for parents and school districts to participate in mediation. Mediation may be requested by parents or the school district.

Mr. Garcia has been trained and qualified to mediate Special Education cases and is listed in TEA’s roster of current mediators. Parents and the school district may agree on a Mediator, or TEA will make a random appointment. The Mediator List and a Mediation Request form along with instructions and other useful information may be found here.

TMPA CONTRACT ATTORNEY

Mr. Garcia has more than 40 years of experience representing local law enforcement officers. Over the years he has assisted local law enforcement in numerous internal investigations, critical incidents, officer involved shootings, death in custody incidents and charges of misconduct. He has successfully represented officers in responding to proposed disciplinary action and in appeals of final disciplinary action before civil service commissions, independent hearing examiners and other administrative appeals.

If you are in need of immediate representation and are a TMPA member, please call us at (956) 223-2550 OR the TMPA Hotline at 1-800-848-2088.

ATTORNEY PROFILE

ROBERTO M. GARCIA

PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY

Roberto M. Garcia is the sole principal in the Law Office of Roberto M. Garcia, a general civil law practice located in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley at Edinburg, Texas. He practices in the areas of alternative dispute resolution as an arbitrator and mediator and in the area of labor and employment specifically for city, county, state and federal law enforcement officers and agents.

He is a 1972 graduate from Texas A & I University in Kingsville, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. He earned his Juris Doctor from Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas in 1975. He was licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas in May 1976. In 1977 he was licensed by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and by the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, LA. He has been engaged in the private practice of law in the Rio Grande Valley since 1976. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, National Employment Lawyers Association, Texas Association of Mediators, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Alex Guajardo

Associate Attorney

Uriel Alejandro “Alex” Guajardo is an Associate Attorney at the Law Office of Roberto M. Garcia. He practices in the areas of consumer law, family and immigration law, and administrative employment law, specifically for city, county, state and federal law enforcement officers and agents.

Attorney Guajardo is a native of the Rio Grande Valley. He earned his Baccalaureate’s Degree in Political Science at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he graduated with Honors, and minored in Spanish and Legal Studies. He has gained much government-related work experience by working in the United States Congress, San Antonio Municipal Government, and the Texas State Senate. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Texas Southern University—Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas, in May 2018. He was licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas in November 2018. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

PAST & PRESENT CLIENTS

My tocallo Robert Bobby Garcia, is definitely the best in his class of Lawyers.
If ever you nedd a lawyer……
HE IS UR MAN…….THANX TKO

Bob-o Guerra

I worked with Mr. Garcia for several years and he is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and professional and truly cares about all of his clients.

Nadia Marrone Stewart

BOBBY is an excellent Attorney. I dealt a lot with him as the Vice President of South Texas Organization of Police.. He represented our members in many cases.. I personally had an incident where he came out at 1:00am..
Thx BOBBY..

Al Perez

An amazing attorney who hold himself to an incredibly high standard. His work helping the men and women in area law enforcement shows his true dedication to his profession. Thank you for everything you have done sir!

Rick R. Garcia

Excellent attorney with the experience and skills necessary to give you the best representation possible. If you go somewhere else you are not getting the best.

Robert Alvarez

I worked as an agent and as the Resident Agent in Charge of the U. S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Internal Affairs in McAllen and during my tenure there Mr. Garcia represented his clients well was knowledgeable and professional. Mr Garcia was also well respected by the agents in my office for his fairness.

Victor Cortez

Bobby and I worked together for over 15 years, representing officers in disciplinary issues at the Brownsville Police Department. I was the union rep, Bobby was our union attorney. He worked tirelessly to assist any officer in need, including me on a few occasions. If you want someone who puts in the time and research to win, Roberto M. Garcia is the lawyer you need!

Kurt Hines

Robert “Bobby” Garcia is an excellent labor attorney. Without any doubt he is the best law enforcement legal representative in south Texas and in the top 5 in the entire state. As President of the South Texas Organization of Police labor union, I hired Bob to be our attorney after recommendations from past police officers that he had helped. We never lost a case…never. That included an appeal hearing against the City Of Mcallen at a State Court of Appeals.

Jose Luis Arenas

MR. GARCIA FOUGHT FOR ME, LISTENED TO MY CONCERNS AND WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR ME. HE STARTED AS MY ATTORNEY AND WE ENDED BEING GOOD FRIENDS. THANK YOU.

Alberto Garcia

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