Matthew L. Garcia

Matthew L. Garcia

Partner
Location:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Phone:
505-273-3064
Email:

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, personal injury issues, consumer rights, class actions, 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.

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 Case” which was published in the University of New Mexico Law Review.

In addition to a busy law practice, Matt currently serves as 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, 2015, 2016, and 2017.   The publication also identified Matt as one of the “Top 25” lawyers in New Mexico.   Best Lawyers of America® has also recognized Matt in the field of civil rights litigation and plaintiff-side personal injury litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Whistleblower Claims
  • Personal Injury Issues
  • Civil Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

Education

  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • Honors: Awarded the Bondurant Merit Scholarship
    • Honors: Julia Raymond McCulloch Award, Excellence in Constitutional Law
  • Helsinki School of Economics, Finland
    • Honors: Fulbright Scholarship
  • Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government

Published Works

  • 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
  • Johnson v. Vigil-Giron, 2006-NMSC-51, 140 N.M. 667
  • Iqbal is Not a Game-Changer for Discovery in Civil Rights Case, University of New Mexico Law Review, Co-Author

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rising Stars, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012 - 2013
  • Super Lawyer, 2014 - 2017
  • Top 25 Lawyers in New Mexico, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Best Lawyers of America, Civil Rights Litigation and Plaintiff-Side Personal Injury Litigation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Mexico Trial Lawyer’s Association, Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions

  • Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg & Ives, P.A., Attorney

Pro Bono Activities

  • ACLU, New Mexico, Co-Legal Director