Luis M. Garcia, ESQ.


Background

Luis M. Garcia, Esquire, is a Deputy Assistant School Board Attorney. Since beginning his career with the school district of Miami-Dade County in 1993, Mr. Garcia’s major areas of responsibilities have focused on State and Federal court litigation and also served as lead counsel to the school district in lawsuits seeking emergency injunctive relief. Mr. Garcia has also assisted the School Board with issues related to rulemaking, parliamentary procedure, and proper use of Robert’s Rules of Order, Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law and the Public Records Act.

Among his other responsibilities, Mr. Garcia has appeared before the Environmental Quality Control Board, served as counsel for the Ethics Advisory Committee and mediated disputes over public records before the Attorney General’s Office.

Mr. Garcia was born in the province of Oriente, Cuba. He arrived with his family in Miami in 1971 on one of the “Freedom Flights” initiated under President Lyndon Johnson. He is a proud graduate of Miami Jackson Senior High School where he was a member of the schools debate team. His success in debate earned him a debate scholarship to the University of Miami. He is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1992.

Areas of Concentration


  • Education Law
  • Government Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Board Governance
  • Employment Discrimination

Notable Client Work

Reported & Published Cases:

  • School Board of Miami-Dade County v. Carralero, 992 So.2d 353 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
  • Cabrera v. Dade County Public Schools, 876 So.2d 1210 (3d DCA 2004)
  • Jones v. Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 816 So.2d 824 (3d DCA 2002)
  • Powell v. School Board of Miami-Dade County, 783 So.2d 266 (Fla. 3d DCA 2001)
  • Williams v. School Board of Miami-Dade County, 740 So.2d 56 (Fla.3d DCA 1999)
  • Paredes v. City of North Bay Village, 693 So.2d 1153 (Fla. 3d DCA 1997)
  • Spence v. Dade County Public Schools, 659 So.2d 282 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995)
  • Velilla v. Dade County School Board, 65 F.3d 182 (11th Cir. 1995)
  • Koren v. School District of Miami-Dade County, 46 So.3d 1090 (Fla. 3d DCA 2010);
  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Local 1184, AFL–CIO, and Miami Dade County School Administrators' Association v. Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 23 So.3d 725 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009);

Bar Admissions


  • The Florida Bar, January 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
  • Juris Doctor, May 1992
  • Best Oralist, Advanced Moot Court Competition, 1991
University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
  • Bachelor in Business Administration, May 1988
  • Political Science Honor Society
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