On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, the Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline filed a petition for reciprocal discipline against attorney Daniel G. Garcia with the Board of Disciplinary Appeals.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Daniel G. Garcia,” with case no. 68986.

The petition stems from disciplinary actions taken against Garcia in federal immigration court. According to documents, Garcia received a two-year and four-month suspension from practicing law before immigration courts and the Department of Homeland Security after allegations of misconduct were deemed admitted against him.

The joint notice of intent to discipline cited 22 counts of misconduct related to Garcia’s representation of immigration clients, including improperly submitting bond requests using acquaintances as sponsors without disclosing his relationship to them. Additional charges related to Garcia failing to appear in court on some cases without sufficient reason.

While Garcia responded to the allegations, he did not specifically admit or deny the factual assertions or charges. As a result, a federal immigration judge deemed over 250 paragraphs of allegations and disciplinary rule violations admitted as proven. This led to a disciplinary order of suspension being issued against Garcia in October 2023.

The Commission is now asking the Board of Disciplinary Appeals to impose identical discipline on Garcia’s law license in Texas. If approved, Garcia would be suspended from practicing law in the state for the same period of over two years.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Garcia is a business attorney in San Antonio, Texas. He attended the University of Texas School of Law, graduating in 1980. He acquired his law license in Texas in 1981.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.