Ignacio J. Garcia

Shareholder || Tampa

Mr. Garcia focuses his practice exclusively on representing employers with their labor and employment needs.  He has extensive experience in both federal and state courts representing employers.  He has defended both individual and collective actions under numerous state and federal employment laws, including Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, FMLA, FLSA, Florida’s private whistle blower statute, and all manner of retaliation claims.  Mr. Garcia has also defended employment related torts such as defamation, negligent retention, negligent hiring, assault, battery and fraud, as well as all manner of breach of contract claims.  Mr. Garcia has handled numerous trials and administrative hearings.

Mr. Garcia has been featured as a speaker at numerous human resources and legal conferences throughout Florida.

Mr. Garcia also represents employers in front of numerous administrative agencies such as the EEOC and the Florida Commission On Human Relations.

Mr. Garcia regularly advises employers on numerous day to day matters related to their employees both domestically and internationally.  He emphasizes a practical approach to problem solving while decreasing an employer’s exposure to potential liabilities.  Mr. Garcia’s fluency in Spanish further allows him to address employee issues where language barriers would otherwise prevent such.

Learn more about Ignacio J. Garcia

In addition to counseling clients on employment issues, Mr. Garcia handles the following:

  • Litigates employment law cases in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies throughout the state
  • Handles trials in federal and state courts as well as before administrative agencies
  • Handles appeals before both federal and state appellate courts, most recently upholding a summary judgment verdict given in a Florida state court
  • Has successfully achieved summary judgment in several race, national origin, gender, sex, and age discrimination claims
  • Provides employer training, lectures and seminars on various employment topics in both English and Spanish
  • Has successfully achieved no-cause determinations in various sex, age, and national origin discrimination claims
  • Represents employers in various restrictive covenant matters
  • Represents employers with their international labor and employment needs

Education

  • J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 2000
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Florida State University, 1997

Admittance to Practice

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Federal District
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida

Professional Activities

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Federal Legislative Chair, HR Florida

Speeches

  • Bearing Specialists Association 2019 Talent Forum: Recruitment, Development and Retention  - "Employment Law Hot Topics For 2019" - Tampa - January 21, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Revenge Isn't Always Sweet: Avoiding Retaliation Claims" - Tampa - October 30, 2018
  • 2018 HR Florida Conference and Expo - "Just Who Is The Employer? – Recent Developments In The Joint Employer Standard" - Kissimmee - August 28, 2018
  • Universal Insurance Company of North America - "Sexual Harassment Identification & Prevention" - Sarasota - July 23, 2018
  • the Recruiters Networking Group - "Screening Practices Under Attack—What Can Employers Use to Make Hiring Decisions?" - Tampa - May 9, 2018
  • SMA South Florida March Event: The Good, The Bad & the Blah - "Don't Repeat This - The Top 10 Employer Mistakes" - Davie - March 21, 2018
  • West Central Florida Healthcare Human Resources Association (WCFHHRA) September Meeting - "Employment Law Update and Hot Topics" - Tampa - September 8, 2017
  • National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) Conference - "High Times: Managing Legal Marijuana" - Orlando - September 7, 2017
  • 2017 HR Florida Conference & Expo - "Homeward Bound: Legal and Practical Issues Arising From Telecommuting Arrangements" - Orlando - August 28, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Avoiding Employers' Number One Risk - Retaliation Claims" - Tampa - November 4, 2016
  • HR Tampa Conference & EXPO 2016 – Positively HR! - "The Final Overtime Regulations: What The New Minimum Salary Requirements Mean for Employers" - Tampa - October 19, 2016
  • 2016 HR Florida Conference & Expo - "Independent Contractor Misclassification" - Orlando - August 30, 2016
  • Mid-Florida SHRM Meeting - "Religion in the Workplace: It’s a Saintly World Out There" - Lakeland - August 9, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Homeward Bound: Legal and Practical Issues Arising From Telecommuting Arrangements" - Chicago - May 7, 2016
  • HR Tampa Annual Conference - "Legislative Update 2015" - Tampa - October 21, 2015
  • Managing Your Workforce in 2016 - "C-Ya, C-Suite – Dealing with Troublesome Executives" - Tampa - October 15, 2015
  • Managing Your Workforce in 2016 - "Top 10 Plaintiff’s Attorney Tactics – And How to Avoid Falling for Them" - Tampa - October 15, 2015
  • HR Florida Annual Conference - "Religion in the Workplace: It’s a Saintly World Out There" - Orlando - September 2, 2015
  • FL State Chapter of Home Care Association Meeting - "Legal Update 2015 – What Employers Need to Know" - Orlando - August 6, 2015
  • Pegasus Transtech Meeting - "Don’t Repeat This – The Top 10 Employer Mistakes" - Tampa - August 6, 2015
  • Client Appreciation Seminar - "Legal Update 2015 - What Employers Need to Know" - Tampa - June 10, 2015
  • WCFHHRA - "Legal Update 2015 - What Employers Need to Know" - Tampa - June 10, 2015
  • Florida Home Health Care Annual Summit - "Legal Update 2015 for Home Healthcare Agencies" - Tampa - March 20, 2015
  • NCF SHRM - "Employment Law Update 2015" - Gainesville - March 12, 2015
  • ACC Meeting - "Labor & Employment Update Jeopardy" - Tampa - February 19, 2015
  • NAAAHR Meeting - "Employment Law Update 2015" - Tampa - January 15, 2015
  • OHRMA - "FL and Federal Legislative Update" - Ocala - April 15, 2014
  • HR Florida, Day on the Hill - "Legislative Updates" - Tallahassee - April 2, 2014
  • DDS Labs Managers - "Ethics Presentation" - Tampa - March 24, 2014
  • West Central Florida Healthcare Human Resources Association Meeting - "Unemployment Compensation" - Tampa - March 6, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2014 - "Unfair Competition: Non-Compete Agreements & DOL Audit" - Tampa - October 29, 2013
  • HR Florida Conference & Expo - "Conducting Cross-Border Human Resource Investigations" - Orlando - August 20, 2013
  • HR Tampa - "9 to 5ish, An Advanced Wage and Hour Presentation" - Tampa - July 17, 2013
  • HR Florida, Day on the Hill - "Relevant Bills" - Tallahassee - April 2013
  • West Central Florida Healthcare Human Resources Association - "How to Properly Defend Unemployment Comp Claims" - Tampa - March 7, 2013
  • OD Works! - "Advanced Wage & Hour - Exemption and Timekeeping Issues" - Tampa - February 12, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2013 - "'Sink or Swim - Surviving the Flood of Wage and Hour Lawsuits' and 'Bribes or Business? Complying with the New Anti-Corruption Law Regulations in the Global Marketplace'" - Tampa - October 26, 2012
  • HR Florida Conference & Expo - "International Labor & Employment Law - Managing Expats Working Abroad" - Orlando - August 2012
  • HCBA Live CLE Seminar - "The Legal Team: Collaboration on Employment Issues" - Tampa - May 2012
  • HR Tampa Expo - "Accommodations Galore" - Tampa - September 2010
  • Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators - "Recent Developments in Employment Law" - Tampa - August 26, 2010
  • HR Florida Conference & Expo - "Unemployment Compensation Hearings - How to Win" - Orlando - August 2010
  • HR Tampa - "Responding to a Charge of Discrimination" - Tampa - April 2010
  • HR Florida Conference & Expo - "Protecting Overseas Employee Information: It's a Very Private World Out There" - Orlando - August 2009
  • Florida Employment Law Update - "Retaliation - Employers' Greatest Liability Risk" - Orlando - October 16, 2008
  • May 2012 - HCBA Lawyer - "The Legal Team - Collaboration on Employment Issues"
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Trend Magazine’s “Florida Legal Elite”
  • Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
  • Featured in Hispanic Executive Magazine
  • Tampa Tribune’s Top Rated Lawyers, Tampa’s Legal Leaders
  • Latino Leaders Magazine’s Top Latino Lawyers in the Country
  • Lexology International Client Choice Award Nominee – Excellence in Client Service

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