Elvia P. Garcia
Ms. Garcia is a first generation Mexican immigrant whose family settled in Ventura County nearly 20 years ago. Ms. Garcia was raised in Moorpark where she attended Moorpark High School. After graduating in 2003, she pursued her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). At UCSB, Ms. Garcia double-majored in Women Studies and Spanish and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007. Ms. Garcia completed her legal studies at the Santa Barbara College of Law and graduated in 2012. In 2013, Ms. Garcia passed the California Bar Exam and was admitted to the practice of law.
Ms. Garcia has significant legal experience. While attending law school, Ms. Garcia worked full-time as a paralegal with the Law Offices of Gregory I. McMurray, P.C. In that capacity, she gained invaluable practical experience, managed her own caseload and assisted clients with issues related to their family and criminal law cases. Ms. Garcia also interned with the Santa Barbara Public Defender’s office where she acquired valuable skills on how to represent and defend individuals accused of committing crimes.
In addition, Ms. Garcia has provided legal support to several local attorneys, assisting them with legal research, drafting motions and communicating with their clients. Also, Ms. Garcia currently provides legal support to the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard through the Department of Protection in association with Programa de Asistencia Legales Externas (PALE). This program provides low cost and pro-bono legal assistance to hundreds of Mexican nationals. Ms. Garcia is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Garcia has a strong work ethic and is dedicated to her clients. She believes a lawyer should be accessible, and therefore, she is always available to speak with her clients. Additionally, Ms. Garcia is extremely professional and is a persuasive advocate in the court. Currently, Ms. Garcia handles all types of family law and criminal law cases. In addition, she has a wide range of experience in the areas of personal injury, estate planning, probate matters, guardianships and conservatorships.
Ms. Garcia is also associated with the following organizations:
Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors, Vice President
Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Association, Member of the Board of Directors
William L. Gordon, American Inns of Court, Member