Tomas J. Garcia

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Overview

Tomas Garcia is an associate in the firm's Litigation group.  His practice includes a variety of commercial, healthcare, torts/personal injury, and natural resources litigation.  He has experience representing business professionals in corporate disputes, health care facilities and medical professionals in malpractice and regulatory matters, governmental entities in matters arising under the New Mexico Tort Claims Act, and mining and utility companies in administrative actions and appeals.

Tomas serves on the board of directors for the State Bar of New Mexico Young Lawyers Division, the public service arm of the State Bar.  He coordinates and regularly participates in service projects, such as drafting wills for emergency first responders, preparing advanced healthcare directives and power-of-attorney documents for low-income senior citizens, and mentoring first-year law students at the University of New Mexico School of Law.  Tomas has achieved an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell based on a peer review and has been recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers® as a Southwest Rising Star.  He was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" in 2015 by the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association.

An Albuquerque native, Tomas received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.  While attending law school, Tomas practiced as a student attorney in the Georgetown Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, where he assisted in the representation of a client with a legislative proposal pending before the United States Congress.  Tomas also worked as an extern at the U.S. Department of Interior in the Immediate Office of the Solicitor, where he researched issues related to records management, rulemaking, public requests under the Freedom of Information Act, and other administrative law matters. Tomas received a bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University, and a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Prior to joining Modrall Sperling, Tomas clerked for the Honorable Charles W. Daniels of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2011, Notes Editor, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Harvard University, M.P.P., 2008, Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy
  • Yale University, B.A. in Political Science, 2005, Frank M. Patterson Research Prize in Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico

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Experience

  • Following a week-long trial brought against one of the nation's largest retail pharmacy chains, Alex C. Walker, Tiffany Roach Martin, and Tomas Garcia obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death case alleging its pharmacists had improperly filled excessive levels of prescriptions for pain medications.
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Justice Charles W. Daniels, New Mexico Supreme Court, 2012-13

Activities

  • State Bar of New Mexico, Young Lawyers Division
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Hispanic National Bar Association

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Publications

  • "2013 Legislative Update," Vista (State Bar of New Mexico Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Section Newsletter), Summer 2013, pp. 1-5
  • "Jurisdictional Discord in Applying Ethics Guidelines to Inadvertently Transmitted Metadata," 23 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 585 (2010) (co-authored with Shane T. Tela)

Presentations

  • "How to Choose Outside Counsel," a webinar by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Corporate Counsel Committee, June 23, 2015, (co-presented with Courtney Fong and Pervin R. Taleyarkhan, and moderated by Manasi Raveendran)
  • "After the JD: Perspectives in Diversity in the Legal Profession," CLE presented as part of The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 2015 Midyear Meeting, Houston, TX, February 6, 2015, (co-presented with Ireneo A. Reus III, Makalika Destarte Naholowaa, Jerome Crawford, and Robert L. Nelson)
  • "Common Ethical Dilemmas," Oliver Seth American Inn of Court, Santa Fe, NM, January 16, 2013, (co-presented with Anthony R. Burchell, Janet E. Clow, Jon J. Indall, Eric R. Miller, Ernest L. Padilla, Carol J. Ritchie and the Honorable Judge James J. Wechsler)

Honors

  • Albuquerque Business First, 40 under Forty, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association Young Lawyer of the Year, 2015
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, selected as a Southwest Rising Star, 2015-present


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