Stephen M. Garcia of The Garcia Law Firm in Long Beach, Calif., was named to the prestigious Lawdragon list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

With 1,128,729 attorneys in the United States (American Bar Association, 2007), less than .5 of one percent are designated as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America (www.lawdragon.com).

Garcia is best known for his work in representing those who have been wrongfully injured by elder abuse and nursing home neglect and in consumer class actions.

Garcia is the first attorney to successfully use the Consumer Legal Remedies Act law to hold long-term skilled nursing home facilities accountable for not providing the services and care they promised their residents. Settlements with Sunwest Management, Inc., Ensign Group, Inc., Sun Mar Health Care, Horizon West HealthCare, Inc. and Pleasant Care Corporation, include a court order imposing increased penalties on the companies if they violate state staffing standards. The companies also agreed to independent monitors, selected by Garcia, to ensure compliance with the settlement agreements.

Garcia’s success in litigating against long-term care companies has spread from California to Oregon to Washington and to Arizona.

“I will always represent individuals who are elderly or vulnerable who are suffering elder abuse or nursing home neglect,” says Garcia. “However, after 15 years of litigating against these companies I know it takes a class action approach to make these companies pay attention and, most importantly, to make systematic changes.”

Garcia also is known for his success in numerous consumer class actions he has undertaken. He has served as lead counsel on behalf of consumers in class actions involving product liability, bad faith and medical malpractice. Complaints have been brought against such diverse corporations as Allstate Insurance Company, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Countrywide Home Loans and AT&T, to name a few.

Prior to beginning a civil trial practice in 1994, Garcia was a criminal defense attorney for nine years.

Garcia served as a legislative analyst on behalf of elders and infirm adults for the state of California. He also taught elder abuse litigation as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Calif. A frequent lecturer, Garcia has published numerous articles for the professional press and sits on the board of governors of both the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and the Consumer Attorneys of California.

Garcia earned a bachelor’s degree in 1982 from Loyola Marymount University and hisjuris doctorate from Loyola Law School in 1985. He is admitted to practice in all state courts in California, Texas and Arizona, as well as the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California and the District of Arizona. The Garcia Law Firm is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

Taking his concern for justice outside the courthouse, Garcia has served on the board of directors of the South Bay Volunteer Center and is a continuing supporter of the Richstone Center, a volunteer organization devoted to addressing child abuse treatment and prevention. He also is a founding member of Urban Compass, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the cycle of death and violence in the inner city.

Garcia is a resident of Palos Verdes where he lives with his wife and two children.

For information, contact The Garcia Law Firm at (800) 281.8515 or at https://www.lawgarcia.com/.