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 is licensed in the State of Texas and in Federal District Court, Western District of Texas. After graduation, Mr. Garcia worked as Special Counsel to the Texas Secretary of State. He created and got approval for the first bi-lingual voter registration application for Texas which resulted in the registration of over one million new voters, many of them minorities. As a law student, he and three other students obtained authorization to put together the first Immigration seminar in Texas which is still one of the most popular seminars sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law.
In 1979, he moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he became a trial attorney trying cases such as family, civil, personal injury, as well as criminal cases including murder and capital murder. He was also named by 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 1986.
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 in San Antonio, Texas (102.3 FM), Austin, Texas (106.5 FM), and Boerne, Texas (1500 AM). His show has been the top rated show on the San Antonio station for 2013, and hit number 1 for all spanish stations in its time slot in Austin, Texas (Fall 2008 book) according to Arbitron.
He has been featured on the lead story in the national news broadcasts for Univision and Telemundo. He was a regular guest attorney for Radio Unica's immigration program heard in 58 cities in the U.S. He has also broadcast immigration shows in Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Diego, and many cities in Texas. He has earned a B.V. rating with Martindale Hubbel. As an immigration attorney, he can practice in any state and has had clients in most of the 50 states.