Roberto M. Garcia, Attorney at Law

Roberto M. Garcia, Attorney at Law Attorney/Mediator/Arbitrator Roberto M. Garcia has been engaged in the private practice of law in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas since his return from law school in 1976.
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Over the years, Mr. Garcia has served as General Counsel for various Rio Grande Valley public entities such as Valley View ISD, La Villa ISD, Donna ISD, Edinburg CISD, Hidalgo County Housing Authority, Edinburg Housing Authority, Hidalgo County Fire Districts 2 and 3, City of Donna, City of La Villa and the City of Progreso. Mr. Garcia also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the McAllen ISD. Throughout his professional career spanning more than 35 years, Mr. Garcia has actively represented law enforcement officers and their respective unions at the municipal, county, state and federal levels. He has been associated with the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). Garcia's law practice includes extensive experience in handling Internal Investigations, Critical Incident Responses, Officer Involved Shootings, Death in Custody Matters, Federal Suspension and Removal Proceedings, Disciplinary Appeals, Arbitrations, Grievances, and MSPB removal proceedings. Garcia regularly represents Federal Officers in Department of Justice Civil Rights Investigations, Federal Grand Jury Civil Rights Investigations as well as investigations before the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), DHS/CBP Office of Internal Affairs. Garcia represents Municipal Police Officers, County Sheriff’s Deputies, County Deputy Constables and Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers before their respective Office of Professional Responsibility, Disciplinary Review Boards, Shooting Review Boards, Civil Service Commissions and Independent Hearing Examiners. Garcia has been trained and qualified by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) as a Mediator. He holds an Advanced Credential conferred by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. He has been trained and qualified by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) as a Labor Arbitrator. He is trained and qualified through the American Health Lawyers Association to preside over Health Care Arbitrations and Peer Review Hearings. He is also trained and qualified to serve as a Mediator of Health Care Controversies. Garcia has also been trained and qualified by the Texas Education Agency as an Independent Hearing Examiner to preside over hearings involving school districts and school teachers. He has also been trained and qualified by the Texas Education Agency to serve as a Special Education Mediator. Garcia is also a Registered Arbitrator with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and presides over hearings involving property appraisal disputes between property owners and county Appraisal Districts.

In times of turmoil and controversy, you need competent and diligent representation. We know firsthand how difficult and...
09/30/2020
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In times of turmoil and controversy, you need competent and diligent representation. We know firsthand how difficult and stressful dealing with legal matters can be, that is why here at the Law Office of Roberto M. Garcia we provide our clients with the utmost diligent and rigorous representation.

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Former City of Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza's separation of licensee report of "General Discharge" corrected to "H...
08/19/2020

Former City of Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza's separation of licensee report of "General Discharge" corrected to "Honorably Discharged". 🗣️📣⚖️

06/16/2020
Why Using a Credentialed Mediator is Important

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At the Law Office of Attorney Roberto M. Garcia, our focus is primarily in Federal Law Enforcement (MSPB), specifically:
• U.S. Customs & Border Protection👮‍♂️🛩
• ICE 👩‍✈️
• U.S. DEA 🕵️
• U.S. Marshall 🚔
• U.S. Border Patrol 🚧🚦
• Department of Veteran Affairs🎖

With an additional focus on:
• Federal Civil Employment 👩‍💼👨‍💼
• Family and Divorce Mediation 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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📍Informational post 📣Ever wondered what MSPB stands for? It is critical to understand the infrastructure of Federal Empl...
05/29/2020

📍Informational post 📣

Ever wondered what MSPB stands for? It is critical to understand the infrastructure of Federal Employment Law and the MSPB is at the core of it all.

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is an independent quasi-judicial agency established in 1979 to protect federal merit systems against partisan political and other prohibited personnel practices and to ensure adequate protection for federal employees against abuses by agency management.

⚖️At the Law Office of Attorney Roberto M. Garcia, our focus is primarily in Federal Law Enforcement (MSPB), specifically:
• U.S. Customs & Border Protection👮‍♂️🛩
• ICE 👩‍✈️
• U.S. DEA 🕵️
• U.S. Marshal 🚔
• U.S. Border Patrol 🚧🚦
• Department of Veteran Affairs🎖

With an additional focus on:
• Federal Civil Employment 👩‍💼👨‍💼
• Family and Divorce Mediation 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

Give us a call at (956) 223-2550, message us for any questions, or stop by our office located at 1939 W. Owassa Rd., Edinburg, TX 78539! 📲💻🚘

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10/30/2018

Facing divorce? We can help--try mediation.

Federal employee or agent facing suspension or removal? We can help with your MSPB Appeal.

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FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT/EMPLOYEES (MSPB): please like and share. Thank you!
09/24/2018

FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT/EMPLOYEES (MSPB): please like and share. Thank you!

Areas of Practice:-Federal Employment Law-Merit Systems Protection Board-Adverse Disciplinary Actions--Suspensions--Suit...
01/18/2018

Areas of Practice:
-Federal Employment Law
-Merit Systems Protection Board
-Adverse Disciplinary Actions
--Suspensions
--Suitability
--Removals
--Security Clearance
--Eligibility

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Border Patrol Agent Proposed for Removal, Reinstated to Former DutiesA Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Agent (the “Agent...
11/03/2017
Border Patrol Agent Proposed for Removal, Reinstated to Former Duties – Roberto M. Garcia, Attorney at Law

Border Patrol Agent Proposed for Removal, Reinstated to Former Duties

A Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Agent (the “Agent”) was proposed to be removed (terminated) from Federal Service for events arising out a traffic stop and the issuance of a citation. Allegations of unbecoming conduct towards another law enforcement officer, misuse of position, and failure to be forthcoming during an official investigation were made.

The Agent hired Edinburg, Texas Attorney Roberto M. Garcia to represent his interests during the oral and written reply process. Mr. Garcia successfully presented a factual and legal argument that led to an amicable resolution that included reinstating the Agent to his former position/duties. The Agent kept his career and was placed back on the job.

Read the full story at http://rgarcialaw.com/border-patrol-agent-proposed-for-removal-reinstated-to-former-duties/

November 3, 2017 – Uncategorized Border Patrol Agent Proposed for Removal, Reinstated to Former Duties A Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Agent (the “Agent”) was proposed to be removed (terminated) from Federal Service for events arising out a traffic stop and the issuance of a citation. Allegations…

PLEASE SHARE!If you have, or someone you know has, worked with any Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) Equipment such as Gamm...
07/21/2017

PLEASE SHARE!

If you have, or someone you know has, worked with any Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) Equipment such as Gamma Ray Systems, Z-Portal, Z- Backscatter Van, Portable Contraband Detector “Buster”, VACIS, and Radiation Portal Monitor, you/they may be at a high risk of getting cancer. If you are a Federal Law Enforcement Officer/Agent, or know someone, who has been diagnosed with cancer, please contact us to setup a free consultation.

WHAT IS PAPILLARY THYROID CARCINOMA AND SYMPTOMS?

Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid is the most common type of thyroid cancer. This cancer is most common in adults over the age of 45. Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid is a slow-growing cancer that typically develops in only one lobe of the thyroid gland. When caught in its early stages this cancer has a high survival rate. One of the possible causes of this cancer is radiation exposure at harmful levels.

WHAT IS MEDULLARY THYROID CANCER AND SYMPTOMS?

Medullary thyroid cancer is a rare form of thyroid cancer, accounting for only 3 to 4 percent of thyroid cancer diagnoses. Because of this, detecting the cancer early can be difficult. Medullary thyroid cancer commonly advances from the thyroid into the lymph nodes. Undiagnosed medullary thyroid cancer can spread into other neck tissues and eventually reach the liver, lungs, bone, and brain. Once it reaches distant parts of the body it’s unlikely to be cured. One of the possible causes of this cancer is radiation exposure at harmful levels.

See more information at http://rgarcialaw.com/use-of-x-ray-equipment-can-possibly-lead-to-cancer/

CANCER ALERT - PLEASE SHARERecently, it has been reported that Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Agents are getting c...
06/16/2017

CANCER ALERT - PLEASE SHARE

Recently, it has been reported that Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Agents are getting cancer possibly as a result of working with certain radiation devices. There are Border Patrol Agents affected. We currently are working on two cases of Customs and Border Protection Officers who have also been diagnosed with cancer which could possibly be as a result of their employment duties. If you have, or someone you know has, worked with any Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) Equipment such as, but not limited to:

1. Gamma Ray Systems
2. Z-Portal, Z- Backscatter Van
3. Portable Contraband Detector “Buster”
4. VACIS, and Radiation Portal Monitor

You/they may be at a high risk of getting cancer. If you are a Federal Law Enforcement Officer/Agent, or know someone, who has been diagnosed with cancer, please contact us to setup a free consultation.

See more information here: http://rgarcialaw.com/use-of-x-ray-equipment-can-possibly-lead-to-cancer/

SETUP YOUR FREE CONSULTATION

Mr. Garcia was the General Counsel for the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 representing Border Patrol Agents in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector from 2002 through 2014. He is experienced in representing Federal Law Enforcement Officers/Agents. Call the Law Offices of Roberto M. Garcia located in Edinburg, Texas and set an appointment to speak with Mr. Garcia. There is no charge for the initial consultation. You can contact us by messaging us here on Facebook or via the following information:

O: (956) 223-2550
E: [email protected] / [email protected]
A: 1939 W. Owassa Rd., Edinburg, TX 78539 (Between Jackson and Sugar)

"WESLACO – The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Union is urging agents working with certain equipment to check in with th...
06/15/2017
Border Patrol Union: Equipment Operation Connected to 8 Cancer Cases

"WESLACO – The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Union is urging agents working with certain equipment to check in with their personal doctors.

According to a message to its members, the union stated there were at least seven confirmed cases of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma and one case of Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma among agents who primarily had Backscatter/VACIS duties at checkpoints in the El Paso sector. VACIS, which stands for "Vehicle and Container Inspection System," uses gamma-ray technology to looking into cargo containers." Read more at http://www.krgv.com/story/35665063/border-patrol-union-equipment-operation-connected-to-8-cancer-cases.

Mr. Garcia was the General Counsel for the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 representing Border Patrol Agents in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector from 2002 through 2014. He is experienced in representing Federal Law Enforcement Officers/Agents. Call the Law Offices of Roberto M. Garcia located in Edinburg, Texas and set an appointment to speak with Mr. Garcia.

O: (956) 223-2550
E: [email protected] / [email protected]
A: 1939 W. Owassa Rd., Edinburg, TX 78539 (Between Jackson and Sugar)
W: http://rgarcialaw.com/

You may also contact us by sending us a message here on Facebook, or via our website at http://rgarcialaw.com/#s6.

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The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Union’s statement said OBP headquarters was aware of the issue.

I was invited to speak and present at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center: Inspector General Criminal Investigat...
03/22/2017
Public Corruption Investigations Training Program Presentation – Roberto M. Garcia, Attorney at Law

I was invited to speak and present at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center: Inspector General Criminal Investigator Academy, Course No. PCITP 1701, in San Antonio, Texas. The course is designed for federal, state, local, and military IG investigators, as well as OIG counsel and others who support public corruption investigations.

My presentation was titled "An Overview of Evidence in Public Corruption Cases." The presentation explained topics such as, but not limited to, the different forms of evidence, how to strengthen evidence, understanding the elements of proof for corruption charges and finally presenting the evidence. A copy of the presentation can be found on the blog.

See the full post at: http://rgarcialaw.com/public-corruption-investigations-training-program-presentation/

CBP Automotive Mechanic Leader Removal Reduced to a Suspension!A Laredo Sector CBP Automotive Mechanic Leader was propos...
03/02/2017
CBP Automotive Mechanic Leader Removal Reduced to a Suspension – Roberto M. Garcia, Attorney at Law

CBP Automotive Mechanic Leader Removal Reduced to a Suspension!

A Laredo Sector CBP Automotive Mechanic Leader was proposed to be removed from Federal Service for events surrounding an allegation of misusing a supervisor's signature on certain forms. Specifically, the employee was proposed for removal based on the following two charges:

1. Improper Use of Signature of Another on an Official Form; and
2. Lack of Candor.

Mr. Garcia successfully presented a factual and legal argument that lead to the Lack of Candor charge being dropped, and mitigating the proposed removal to a five (5) day suspension. The employee kept his career and was placed back on the job.

http://rgarcialaw.com/cbp-automotive-mechanic-leader-removal-reduced-to-a-suspension/

A Laredo Sector CBP Automotive Mechanic Leader was proposed to be removed from Federal Service for events surrounding an allegation of misusing a supervisor’s signature on certain forms. Specifically, the employee was proposed for removal based on the following two charges:

Here are some considerations that federal law enforcement officers/agents should look at before filing an appeal with th...
01/17/2017
Considerations for MSPB Appeals – Roberto M. Garcia, Attorney at Law

Here are some considerations that federal law enforcement officers/agents should look at before filing an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board. Remember, you do not have to proceed in this complex process alone.

If you are or you know someone who is a federal law enforcement officer/agent facing disciplinary action, we can help! Message or call us today!

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Come to our office at:
1939 W. Owassa Rd., Edinburg, TX 78539

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January 17, 2017 – Law Considerations for MSPB Appeals If you’ve received a disciplinary proposal letter from an Agency you are employed at, you also know that the decision letter is on its way too. At this point, anything can happen and depending on the charges proposed. The results can range from…

This blog post outlines the charge of "Lack of Candor" as applied to Federal employees. I encourage any Federal employee...
01/09/2017
Lack of Candor Charges at the MSPB

This blog post outlines the charge of "Lack of Candor" as applied to Federal employees. I encourage any Federal employee to become familiar with this charge as Federal agencies have the tendency to overuse it.

If you are, or you know someone who is, a non-union or supervisory federal law enforcement officer facing disciplinary action, we can help! Message or call us today!

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(956) 223-2550

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1939 W. Owassa Rd., Edinburg, TX 78539

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Lack of Candor Charges at the MSPB

A Cameron County Detention Officer’s fitness for duty was questioned by jail management when the Officer refused to patr...
01/06/2017
Cameron County Detention Officer Receives Docked Benefits – Roberto M. Garcia, Attorney at Law

A Cameron County Detention Officer’s fitness for duty was questioned by jail management when the Officer refused to patrol the jail facility grounds from a second story rooftop. The Officer had been diagnosed with acrophobia (fear of heights). The Officer had disclosed his condition before he was hired.

The Officer's physician determined that the Officer was fit for duty and Mr. Garcia was able to convince county management that they were required to provide reasonable accommodations to the Officer's condition.

The Officer’s vacation, holiday and compensatory days were being docked. It was clear that the Officer was entitled to have his docked days reinstated as he was involuntarily absent as ordered by the jail management.

Attorney Roberto M. Garcia was able to convince the County that if they insisted on docking the Officer’s pay, the county would be liable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Officer was returned to his job without any issues from the jail management and his benefits were restored without loss in pay.

Read more at http://rgarcialaw.com/cameron-county-detention-officer-receives-docked-benefits/

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January 6, 2017 – Law Cameron County Detention Officer Receives Docked Benefits A Cameron County Detention Officer’s fitness for duty was questioned by jail management when the Officer refused to patrol the jail facility grounds from a second story rooftop. The Officer had been diagnosed with acroph...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from everyone here at the Law Offices of Roberto M. Garcia!
12/25/2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from everyone here at the Law Offices of Roberto M. Garcia!

Roberto M. Garcia, Attorney at Law
12/01/2016

Roberto M. Garcia, Attorney at Law

Are you, or do you know someone who is, a non-union or supervisory federal law enforcement officer facing disciplinary action? We can help! Message or call us today!

Call us at:
(956) 223-2550

Email us:
[email protected]

Come to our office at:
1939 W. Owassa Rd., Edinburg, TX 78539

Visit our website at:
http://rgarcialaw.com/

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A Cameron County Detention Officer was terminated for an alleged minor criminal offense. The Officer subsequently had hi...
11/30/2016
Cameron County Detention Officer Reinstated with Benefits and Proper License Designation – Roberto M. Garcia, Attorney at Law

A Cameron County Detention Officer was terminated for an alleged minor criminal offense. The Officer subsequently had his criminal case dismissed for insufficient evidence. Attorney Roberto M. Garcia represented the Officer’s interests concerning his employment and license. Mr. Garcia was able to successfully negotiate with the County for the Officer’s reinstatement to his former position with the restoration of benefits that he lost. Mr. Garcia was also able to negotiate the removal of the dishonorable discharge report from the Officer’s state license record and replaced with an honorable discharge report on his state license.

Read the full story here: http://rgarcialaw.com/cameron-county-detention-officer-reinstated-with-benefits-and-proper-license-designation/

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November 30, 2016 – Law Cameron County Detention Officer Reinstated with Benefits and Proper License Designation A Cameron County Detention Officer was terminated for an alleged minor criminal offense. The Officer subsequently had his criminal case dismissed for insufficient evidence. As a result of...

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