Israel I. Garcia is an associate attorney in Klinedinst’s Irvine office, where he focuses his practice in the defense of liability claims, specifically in tech-related areas of the law. Significant components of his practice at Klinedinst include defense of liability claims against a gig economy ridesharing company, defense of other commercial transportation claims involving emerging vehicle technology, and defense of commercial premises liability claims.
Prior to joining Klinedinst, Mr. Garcia served as an attorney on criminal defense and immigration cases, particularly in the area of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. In this role, he prepared declarations and briefs proving extreme hardship to his clients if a family member were to be removed from the United States. During this time he simultaneously completed the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) patent bar course.
He has experience in spearheading legal research and documentation for immigration cases, especially in complex legal issues such as asylum claims based on political opinion and membership in a particular social group, including sexual orientation. Mr. Garcia has interviewed clients and drafted declarations in English and Spanish and has persuasively argued and helped win many cases such as grants of asylum and waivers of inadmissibility to the U.S.
Mr. Garcia has researched various areas of law including criminal and immigration, civil procedure, restitution, constitutional, federal civil rights, torts, contracts, landlord-tenant, and international law under treaties. Additionally, he has researched complex legal issues such as constitutional claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, claims of unlawful double prosecution by a city and county, constitutional Miranda claims, regulatory violations at the U.S.-Mexico border, and claims of police brutality under Section 1983 of the federal Civil Rights Act.
While attending the University of California at Berkeley for Mechanical Engineering (B.S., 2005), Mr. Garcia was Chair of the Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán Finance Committee. Additionally, he participated in the DARPA Grand Challenge (building the world’s first autonomous motorcycle) and the American Solar Challenge (super mileage solar vehicle building).
In 2011 he obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. During law school, he was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and the President of the Native American Law Students Association.
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 2011)
- University of California at Berkeley (B.S., 2005)