Peter Garcia was born in Ocala and raised in Miami, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Affairs, from Florida State University. While attending FSU, he served as President for the Alphi Phi Omega service fraternity. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Florida A & M University College of Law. As a law student, Mr. Garcia participated in internships with the Orange/Osceola County Public Defender’s Office, the Orange/Osceola County State Attorney’s Office, and clerked for the Honorable Steve Jewett in Orange County, Florida. After law school he opened his own law practice and handled cases ranging from criminal defense, family law and various civil matters. He then joined the Orange/Osceola County Public Defender’s Office, where he represented indigent defendants for over four years in matters ranging from criminal traffic, misdemeanors and felony offenses. During that time, he handled over thirty jury trials.
Since joining the firm, Peter’s practice has included criminal defense, sealing/expunction of records, contract dispute litigation, and insurance defense. His work ranges from providing legal advice to individuals, business owners, and insurance corporations on various legal issues. The focus of his pro-bono work has centered around assisting low-income individuals with sealing or expunging criminal records, to help them successfully access or maintain employment, for example.
Peter is admitted to all Florida state courts. He is fully bilingual in both English and Spanish.
- All Florida State Courts
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- Florida Bar Association, Member
- Orange County Bar Association, Member
- Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, Member
- Surviving Surveillance Video Evidence: Pre-Trial Considerations in Criminal Defense Cases
- Communication: The Key to Managing Client Expectations
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law
Juris Doctor – 2008
Florida State University
Bachelor of Arts – 2000
Awards & Recognition
- 2015 Legal Elite Up & Comers, Florida Trend Magazine