MARIANO GARCÍA is certified as a civil trial attorney and has been practicing in West Palm Beach since 1994, representing clients in state and federal courts in personal injury and commercial litigation cases. Mr. Garcia has achieved the "AV" rating, the highest honor a lawyer can receive for his professional ability and ethics, awarded by Martindale Hubbel. He is a member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Lawyers Forum and the American Board of Trial Lawyers. He has been selected since 2011 to be part of the Florida Super Lawyers list.
In July 2011, Attorney Garcia joined the Searcy Denney firm of Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA as a bilingual attorney, bringing his vast experience and long history dedicated to representing the Latino community.
Mr. Garcia's immigrant roots shaped his life and career. At the age of 8, his parents, who did not speak English at the time, moved his family from Argentina to New York City, settling in Florida in the late 1970s. His parents' faith in America as the land of opportunity, as well as his dedication to education and hard work for success inspired Mr. Garcia to graduate from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree. Subsequently, he earned his law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he was editor of the Law Review.
Firmly believing that everyone should have a voice within our judicial system, he donates his time to causes that are dedicated to this principle. He is the Immediate Past President of the Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society, which provides free legal help to those most in need in our community. Mr. Garcia has also served as president of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association, which encourages qualified Hispanic attorneys to run for judgeship. In September 2010, Governor Charlie Crist appointed him to serve a four-year term on the 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, which selects judicial applicants to fill vacancies within the Palm County judicial system. Beach.
Mr. Garcia's community and educational activities include serving as a member of the Palm Beach County Historical Society Board of Governors and the Forum Club Board of Directors. He serves as treasurer of “Jack The Bikeman”, a non-profit organization whose objective is to provide support to immigrant workers and their children in risk situations.
Lawyer Mariano Garcia | Senior Personal Injury Attorney
St. Thomas University, College of Law, Miami, Florida – Juris Doctor, May 1994
St. Thomas Law Review, Articles Editor
Student College Association, Senator
Phi Delta Phi Law Honor Society
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida – Bachelor of Science in Construction, ME Rinker School of Building Construction, May 1990
Chi Phi Social Society
Shareholder, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA; West Palm Beach, Florida, 2011–present – Board Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney, practicing in West Palm Beach since 1994, representing people in state and federal courts in personal injury and commercial litigation matters. He joined Searcy Denney in July 2011 as a bilingual attorney with vast experience and a long track record representing the Latino community.
Attorney/partner, González & García; West Palm Beach, Florida, 2002 – 2011 – Firm of six attorneys specializing in workers' compensation, personal injury, and criminal defense matters; specialized in the Hispanic market. Litigation lawyer in civil proceedings responsible for the personal injury area of the firm, in charge of cases from the beginning until the trial.
Associate Attorney, Conroy, Simberg, Ganon, Krevans & Abel, PA; West Palm Beach, Florida, 1999-2002 – Under the direction of John A. Lurvey, shareholder in charge of the West Palm Beach office. State law firm specializing in the liability defense of institutional and individual clients (the firm engages in a variety of fields of expertise: professional negligence, product liability, insurance coverage). Handled approximately 70 litigation cases from Dade County to St. Lucie (focusing on property liability, commercial vehicle, and construction defect claims), including 2 appeals.
Associate Attorney, Ricca & Whitmire, PA; West Palm Beach, Florida, 1994-1999 – Under the direction of C. Brooks Ricca, Jr., President. Firm of six attorneys specializing in commercial litigation (real estate, construction, and general business matters), liability defense (property liability claims, commercial trucking companies, construction defects, and nursing home negligence), and real estate transactions. Auto defense, nursing home neglect and commercial litigation, including 2 appeals.
Legal Clerk, Leonard & Morrison, PA; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 1993-1994 – Under the direction of William F. Leonard, president. Firm of four lawyers specialized in real estate litigation and transactions. Interviewed clients, conducted research and legal analysis on general civil and commercial litigation matters. Prepared complaints, petitions and discovery requests.
Summer Intern, Broward County State's Attorney's Office / Homicide Division; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 1992 – Under the direction of Charles Morton, head of the Homicide Division. He prepared law-related memoranda, voir-dire questions, and sentencing guideline sheets, as well as assisted with jury selections.
Project Engineer/Appraiser, Centex-Rooney Construction – Company; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 1990-1991 – Under the direction of David Hamlin, Senior Appraiser. He prepared takeoffs and coordinated sets of works with subcontractors. He prepared and updated the progress schedule.
Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society, Board of Directors, 2002-present; president, 2008-2012; immediate past president;
Board of Trustees 2012-present
Palm Beach County Historical Society, Board of Governors, Johnson History Museum; Board of Directors; general counsel
Jack the Bike Man Organization, Board of Directors and Treasurer, 2010-present
Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, Board of Directors, 2010-2014; Members Committee 2010-2014
YMCA of the Palm Beaches; Board of Directors, 2013-present
National Eagle Scout Association, Life Member
Florida Bar Association – 31143, 1994 – present
Florida Certified General Contractor – CGC054373, 1991-present
Multi-Engine Commercial Instrument Pilot, FAA
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