Juan Garcia, a litigation partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, has been named president-elect of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HisBA) by the board of directors. The appointment is effective Aug. 1.
Garcia is the current vice president and will succeed Nelsy Gomez as president in 2014-15. The HisBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works for the advancement of Hispanics in the legal profession.
"I'm honored to have been elected to serve the Hispanic Bar Association," Garcia said in a statement. "It's critical that we work to make the legal profession better reflect the population it serves. Our justice system depends on full participation of all its stakeholders."
Garcia represents clients in high-stakes litigation, business torts, product liability, commercial disputes and personal injury defense matters. His expertise includes representing energy companies in matters where millions of dollars are at stake.
A summa cum laude graduate of South Texas College of Law, Garcia has been recognized on the Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars list of the best young lawyers in Texas. He also serves as senior vice chairman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's Go Tejano Committee, and is a member of the show's legal advisory committee.
Other new HisBA officers are Nelsy Gomez of Cozen O'Connor, president; Angela Garcia of the Garcia Law Office, vice president; Edgar Saldivar of BoyarMiller, treasurer; and Marisa V. Bullock of the Law Office of Marisa V. Bullock, secretary. The organization's immediate past president is Daniel Ramirez of Monty & Ramirez.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, founded in 1924, serves a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized startup businesses to Fortune 100 companies.
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