Joseph A. Garcia (“Joe”) – Founding Partner
Joe is a founding partner at Garcia Paez, PA, and currently represents various major corporations, insurance carriers, and business entities in all forms of insurance and commercial litigation disputes. He also serves as General Counsel for a major credit union and several international airfreight brokers/forwarders. He is a seasoned South Florida trial attorney—with $0.00 dollar, full defense verdicts for his insurance clients.
After graduating from Florida International University and St. Thomas School of Law, Joe honed his skills at a prestigious litigation boutique, where he specialized in government entity defense (Miami-Dade and Indian River County School Boards, various commnnity colleges, City of Hollywood, and the City of Aventura) through their insurance carriers (AIG, Travelers, ACE USA, Nova).
He is the author of numerous appellate briefs; including a successful appeal to the 11th Circuit District Court of appeal while defending a South Florida community college (finding that Florida sovereign immunity applies to community colleges as instrumentalities of the State). His expertise in handling insurance related liability matters allowed Joe to expand into the areas of employment law, EEOC actions, Federal/State discrimination and Whistle-blower actions (E&O policies), construction defect (CGL policies).
In the areas of First Party Property defense for Citizens Property Insurance, and his portfolio of private homeowners insurance carriers (Defense and EUO), and Third Party liability defense for large commercial insurance carriers (CGL Polices; E & O Liability). Joe’s clients often call on him to provide litigation defense, SIU services, coverage opinions, and legal memorandums as special assignments.
Joe is Cuban-American and speaks Spanish with native fluency—an important advantage in South Florida. He is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar, and is accepted to practice in all three Federal District Courts in Florida (Southern, Middle, and Northern), and is also member of the Federal Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal.