Roland Garcia

Roland Garcia

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Roland Garcia has tried lawsuits in state and federal trial courts, and has argued appeals in state and federal appellate courts. He has handled many high profile cases and has been quoted regarding these cases by The National Law Journal, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Austin-American Statesman, Corpus Christi Caller Times, Texas Lawyer and others.

Active in the legal profession, Roland was the first minority to be elected President of the Houston Bar Association, the fifth largest voluntary bar association in the country, with more than 11,000 members. He also served as President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, an elected position of the 22,000 member state-wide lawyers organization. Roland was President of the Hispanic Bar Association and President of the Dispute Resolution Center. He was an elected Director of the State Bar of Texas, and was a Trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation. President Barack Obama appointed Roland to the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy, the governing body for the prestigious Annapolis, Maryland institution. Roland was appointed by the Mayor and Houston City Council to the board of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority. He serves as Chairman of the Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board. He also serves on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership, Memorial Hermann Health System, Harris County Hospital District Foundation and Houston Arts Alliance. He is a Fellow of the ABA, Texas and Houston Bar Foundations. Roland served on the Texas Supreme Court's Judicial Selection Task Force which reported on the method for selecting and retaining judicial officers that would best serve the people of Texas, on the Texas Supreme Court's Gender Fairness Task Force and on the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee.

Roland has received numerous honors, is a community leader, and is active in local, state and national politics, serving on numerous finance and steering committees of office holders and candidates. He is a frequent writer and speaker on legal topics such as expert witnesses, discovery, and open records, and on civic topics such as volunteerism, education and minority opportunities.

Concentrations

  • Commercial litigation
  • Fraud and fiduciary duty litigation
  • Restrictive covenant enforcement
  • Restraining orders and permanent injunctions
  • Non-compete, nondisclosure and non-solicitation disputes
  • Trade secret protection
  • Music royalty litigation
  • Copyright infringement litigation
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act claims
  • Music publishing disputes
  • First Amendment, open records and due process law
  • Constitutional challenges to statutes and ordinances
  • Governmental litigation and ultra vires acts
  • Prompt Pay Act claims
  • Governmental relations, contracting and litigation
  • RICO claims
  • Energy litigation
  • Health care litigation
  • Charitable trust litigation
  • Land title and water boundary litigation
  • Appellate law
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Capabilities

Experience

Significant representations include:

  • a major engineering and construction firm with claims for breach of contract, interference with contract and prospective business relations, violations of the Texas Prompt Pay Act, violations of the Texas Public Information Act and ultra vires acts by government officials
  • a major oil company in a state-wide class action lawsuit for underpayment of royalties°
  • a distributor in a claim for breach of nondisclosure, confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements
  • a software company in a misappropriation of trade secrets and injunction case
  • a record label, music publishing company and a recording artist in a copyright infringement lawsuit
  • a record label in a Digital Millennium Copyright Act case and RICO claims
  • a recording studio in a misappropriation of name and likeness lawsuit°
  • a national bank in commercial and premises liability cases°
  • a major hospital system in commercial, leasing and charitable trust litigation°
  • a law firm in a breach of fiduciary duty and fraud case°
  • an oilfield supplier in a trade secrets and disgorgement case
  • a restaurant in a breach of concession agreement in an airport food and beverage purveyor contract
  • a mortgage company in a deceptive trade practices and fair debt collection practices case
  • an electronics manufacturer in a class action patent dispute
  • a barge fleeting company in a water boundary and land title dispute
  • a hazardous chemical waste facility in an ownership and permitting dispute
  • a national outdoor marketing firm on a challenge to the constitutionality of an ordinance restricting First Amendment and commercial speech

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Garcia prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Also experienced in local, state and national governmental relations and political matters, and in government contracts, grants, procurement, concessions, open records and public information act demands, and due process and equal protection challenges.

  • U.S. Marine Corp., OCS/PLC Graduate, 1978
  • U.S. Marine Corp. Reserves, 1978-1981

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Banking & Finance - Litigation, 2017
  • Recipient, "Top 25 Latino Lawyers," Latino Leaders Magazine, 2016
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003, 2005-2017
  • Recipient, "Appellate Lawyer of the Week," Texas Lawyers Magazine, 2015
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Government Relations Law Firm of the Year," 2014
    • Ranked, Tier 1 – Government Relations, Austin Metropolitan Area
  • Recipient, "Leadership in Action Award," Leadership Houston, 2013
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Appellate Practice Group of the Year," 2010
  • Recipient, "Lifetime Achievement Award," Hispanic Bar Association, 2010
  • Recipient, "DiversityFirst™ Award," 2007
  • Recipient, "Alumni of the Year Award" South Texas College of Law, 2006
  • Recipient, H Texas Magazine, "Top Lawyer Award," 2006
  • Recipient, "Leadership Houston 25 Distinguished Alumni Award," 2006)
  • Recipient, "Texas Legends Award," 2005
  • Recipient, "AAMA Hero Award," 2004
  • Recipient, "Bikur Cholim Hospital Jerusalem International Brotherhood Award," 2004
  • Recipient, "Savvy Award," 2003
  • Recipient, "March of Dimes Honorary Family Award," 2002
  • Recipient, "NAACP Alex Award in Legal Excellence," 2002
  • Recipient, "United Way Leadership Award," 2002
  • Recipient, "Leadership Award," Center for Houston's Future, 2001
  • Recipient, "Outstanding Young Alumni Award," Baylor University, 1998
  • Recipient, "Certificate of Citation," Texas House of Representatives, 1993
  • Recipient, "Five Outstanding Young Houstonians Award," 1993
  • Recipient, "Presidential Citation," State Bar of Texas, 1992
  • Recipient, "President's Award," Houston Bar Association, 1990
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Past Board of Visitors, the United States Naval Academy
  • Chairman, Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board 
  • Board Member, Greater Houston Partnership
  • Board Member, Harris County Hospital District Foundation
  • Board Member, Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Chairman, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
  • Member, Houston Arts and Cultural Plan Committee
  • Board Member, Houston Arts Alliance
  • Advisory Board Member, Taipei Society
  • President, Houston YET Center, Inc.
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Graduate, American Leadership Forum
  • Graduate, Center for Houston's Future
  • Graduate, Leadership Houston
  • Volunteer, United Way; March of Dimes; Special Olympics; YWCA; Boy Scouts; Habitat for Humanity; Mental Health Association; Aspiring Youth of Houston; Girls Inc.; and numerous mentoring programs for elementary, middle school and high school youth
  • Past President, Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA)
  • Past President, Dispute Resolution Center
  • Past President, Hispanic Bar Association
  • Past President, Houston Bar Association
  • Past President, Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Past Board Member, Harris County Houston Sports Authority
  • Past Board Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Past Trustee, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Past Member, Community Commission of the Houston Community College System
  • Past Member, HISD Task Force on Magnet and Vanguard Programs
  • Past Member, Texas Supreme Court's Gender Fairness Task Force
  • Past Member, Texas Supreme Court's Judicial Selection Task Force
  • Past Member, Texas Supreme Court's Rules Advisory Committee

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1986
    • Phi Delta Phi Honorary Fraternity
    • Editor, South Texas Law Review
  • B.B.A., Graduate of the Honors Program with Distinction, cum laude, Baylor University, 1981
    • Beta Gamma Sigma, Gamma Beta Phi, Beta Alpha Psi, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Fraternities
Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas