Joseph A. Garcia, Partner

Joseph Garcia practices in all areas of civil litigation, with a special focus on governmental, labor and employment, school, land use and election law. He represents individuals, municipalities, counties, authorities, and boards in a variety of litigation and compliance matters. His experience in representing government entities includes redevelopment issues, personnel issues, government contracting, third-party liability claims under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, regulatory enforcement litigation, and administrative law matters. He also specializes in labor and employment matters involving topics such as collective bargaining, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, political discrimination, disability claims, whistle blowing, family-leave issues and non-competition/restrictive covenants.

Joseph currently serves as General Counsel to the Bergen County Improvement Authority (BCIA), the Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA), the Hoboken South Waterfront Operating and Maintenance Corporation. He also serves as counsel to the Linden Board of Education, the Lodi Board of Education and the Montague Board of Education. He serves as labor counsel to numerous public entities, and special election counsel to several municipalities and clerks’ offices. He represents the Parsippany Planning Board, and has significant experience representing both public and private clients on zoning matters. He also focuses on general commercial litigation with a special emphasis on labor and employment law, real estate and land issues, and government and regulatory matters.

While working in Manhattan, Joseph drafted and negotiated collective bargaining agreements; represented a professional sports league in collective bargaining negotiations and various professional sports leagues and teams in arbitration disputes; and guided clients through government investigations and regulatory reviews conducted by the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Commission on Foreign Investment in the United States, and the attorney general offices in several states.

Joseph earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 2003 from the Columbia University School of Law, where his academic achievement earned him distinction as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. In addition to his active practice, Joseph served as a Councilman, and as a member of the Planning Board, in the Borough of Paramus for several years.

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Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 2003