Matthew L. Garcia is licensed to practice in the State of New Mexico, the U.S. District Court for New Mexico, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. He represents clients in a number of different areas including civil rights, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, whistleblower claims, personal injury issues, and civil appeals.
Matt graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law where he was awarded the Bondurant Merit Scholarship and the Julia Raymond McCulloch award for excellence in Constitutional law. Prior to law school he completed graduate studies on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Helsinki School of Economics in Finland. He also holds a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
After obtaining his law degree, Matt practiced law with Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg & Ives, P.A. While there, he worked on a variety of civil and constitutional matters, including antitrust, civil rights, election law, personal injury claims, and civil appeals. In the fall of 2008, Matt left the firm in order to pursue a solo practice, and eventually a law partnership with George Bach. After three successful years of operation, the firm expanded in 2012 adding two new partners.
Matt’s work in published opinions include Flores v. Herrera, 2015-NMCA-072, 352 P.3d 695; Thomas v. Kaven, 765 F.3d 1183 (10th Cir. 2014), Aguayo v. AMCO Ins. Co., 59 F. Supp. 3d 1225 (D.N.M. 2014), Ruby v. Sandia Corp., 699 F. Supp. 2d 1247 (D.N.M. 2010); Jordan v. Allstate Insurance Company, 2010-NMSC-51, 149 N.M. 162; and Johnson v. Vigil-Giron, 2006-NMSC-51, 140 N.M. 667. He also co-authored the article “Iqbal is Not a Game-Changer for Discovery in Civil Rights Cases,” which was published in the University of New Mexico Law Review.
In addition to a busy law practice, Matt currently serves as a member of the New Mexico Rules of Evidence Committee, and he is co-legal director for the ACLU of New Mexico. He is also on the board of directors for the New Mexico Trial Lawyer’s Association. Matt holds an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He was selected by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the legal community’s “Rising Stars” in 2012 and 2013, and he was selected as a “Super Lawyer” in 2014 and 2015. Best Lawyers of America® has also recognized Matt in the field of civil rights litigation.