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Carlos Moctezuma García

Attorney in

McAllen, Texas

Carlos Moctezuma García is a co-founder and member at García & García Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C.. He graduated from Seattle University School of Law with honors where he also was the graduating class speaker. Carlos received his undergraduate degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Carlos grew up in McAllen, TX – one of 5 children – the 4 other siblings much smarter than him. He practices law with his two brothers Raul (member) and Cesar (of counsel) as well as other attorneys in the firm.

His parents who did not have a formal higher education insisted that he and his siblings excel in higher education. Carlos and his siblings grew up in a Section 8 housing project known as “el campito,” where they learned to persevere despite the many obstacles they would confront later in life.

Carlos enjoys losing arguments to the most brilliant lawyer he’s ever met – and the one he married. He also has three rambunctious children. His greatest interests are social justice, baseball, and nachos. He’s a board member of the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP). Carlos is also a committee member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) National CBP Border Patrol Liaison Committee. In 2016, Carlos was awarded TCRP’s Kristi Couvillon’s pro bono award. In 2015 ProBAR recognized him as a Pro Bono Champion and in 2013 he was awarded the John E. Cook Pro Bono Award from the Hidalgo County Bar Association. Carlos has litigated and won some of the following types of cases: Cancellation of Removal, Adjustment of Status, Asylum, Withholding, Motions to Terminate, Padilla post-conviction writs, misdemeanor, and felony criminal trials.

Memberships and Admissions:

  • Texas Supreme Court
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Immigration Courts
  • Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Texas State Courts and Courts of Appeals
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • National Immigration Project
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association

Carlos has spoken at the following seminars:

TRLA’s The Practical Guide to Effectively Representing Non-Citizen Clients in Criminal Proceedings: 9/23/2011
Why Should I Care? Understanding the Intersection of Criminal and Immigration Law
Edinburg, TX

Texas Minority Attorney Program: 5/4/2012
Immigration Law: Lessons from Padilla v. Kentucky
McAllen, TX

Constitutional Warriors: HCBA Criminal Law Conference 2013: 2/1/2013
Immigration Law Basics
McAllen, TX

AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference: 4/25/13
Advanced Federal Immigration Issues – Moderator
South Padre Island, TX

Mexican American Bar Association of Texas: 8/2/2013
Crimmigration Law
South Padre Island, TX

University of Texas at Austin Immigration and Nationality Law: 10/25/13
Crimmigration Law
Austin, TX

Federal Bar CLE/Hidalgo County Bar Association: 11/7/13
Crimmigration Law
McAllen, TX

Hidalgo County Bar Association Women’s Bar Section: 11/11/13
Basics of Immigration Law: A primer for Non-Immigration Practitioners
McAllen, TX

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid: 11/20/13
Crimmigration: Case Studies of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
McAllen, TX

American Immigration Lawyer’s Association Immigration Law Conference 4/25/14
Crimmigration Law
Dallas, TX

State Bar of Texas Advanced Immigration Law: 2/5/15
Crimmigration: It’s Not Easy
Houston, TX

National Immigration Project ‘s Criminal and Immigration Bars to Humanitarian Relief 4/10/15
Expedited Removal & Reinstatement of Removal
Houston, TX

Hidalgo County Bar Association Criminal Law Section: 8/13/15
Immigration Law for Criminal Defenders (Hidalgo County)
McAllen, TX

ProBAR: 8/28/15
Ethical Issues in Immigration Law
Harlingen, TX

The University of Texas at Austin Immigration and Nationality Law: 10/6/15
Waivers in Family and Removal Cases
Austin, TX

National Immigration Project’s Immigration Court Technique and Strategy: 10/22/15
Social & “Soft” Science: Use of Expert Witnesses
Oakland, CA

Texas and MidSouth Chapters Fall 2016 Conference, 11/4/16
Litigator’s Update Panel
New Orleans, LA

Hidalgo County Bar Association Women’s Law Section: 11/15/16
Immigration Post-Election
McAllen, TX

Email: cgarcia@garciagarcialaw.com