J.A. GARCIA graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1978. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974. He has been licensed since 1979 in the State of Texas and is also licensed in Federal District Court, Western District of Texas.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Garcia worked as Special Counsel to the Texas Secretary of State. He created and got approval for the first bi-lingual, postage free, voter registration application for Texas which resulted in the registration of over one million new voters in Texas. As a law student, he and three other law students obtained authorization to put together the first Immigration Law Seminar, which is the longest running immigration seminar in the State of Texas, sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law.
In 1979, Mr. Garcia moved to San Antonio, Texas, to begin the private practice of law, where he became a trial attorney.
He has tried many cases, including family, civil, personal injury, as well as criminal cases including murder and capital murder. He was also named by Texas Governor Mark White to the Governor's Task Force on Immigration, which presented the official position paper for the State of Texas to the Congress in support of the first amnesty law (Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1987).
He brings all of this experience to the practice of immigration law, which is now the primary focus of his practice. He has served as the immigration attorney for the Mexican Consulate in San Antonio, Texas, and Eagle Pass, Texas.
Mr. Garcia has a highly successful radio program, "Hablando de Inmigraion," which is currently broadcast live on Univision Radio 95.1 F.M. in San Antonio, Texas, and 104.3 F.M. in Austin, Texas. His Austin show was rated number one in its time slot for Spanish stations according to the Arbitron ratings for the Fall 2008 book. He has also been featured on the lead story in the national news broadcasts for Univision and Telemundo television. Martindale Hubbel has rated him with a B.V. rating and, he is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.