Garcia's Professional Biography




 



KURT C. GARCIA

Attorney and Counselor at Law

909 West Esplanade Avenue/Suite 204
Kenner, Louisiana 70065
Telephone: (504) 467-4449 or (504) 717-4891
Cell: (504) 957-7100 
Facsimile: (504) 662-1704
email kurtgarcia@gmail.com
www.kurtgarcialawfirm.com


LENGTH OF PRACTICE

22 years

PRIMARY AREA OF PRACTICE

Litigation and appellate practice with emphasis in municipal law, including areas of urban planning, zoning, land use, injunctions, business law, family law, successions, wills, contracts law, nonprofit organizations, and personal injury.

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION

Licensed to practice in all Louisiana state courts, United States Supreme Court, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  Have argued cases before the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, and Louisiana Supreme Court.

Memberships:    Louisiana Bar Association, Jefferson Parish Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and  Past Member of the House of Delegates, 24th Judicial District Court
        
Adjunct Professor, Political Science Department, School of Public Administration, University of New Orleans, State of Louisiana.

Legal Instructor, Kenner Police Academy (state certified police academy), 500 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Kenner, Louisiana 70062.

Past Guest Lecturer, the Center for Nonprofit Resources, 3801 Canal Street, Suite 309, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119.

Former Louisiana Notary Teacher, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, Louisiana.

MUNICIPAL LAW EXPERIENCE       

Kenner City Prosecutor (1995-2004)

Attorney for Kenner Planning and Zoning Commission (1995-2004, 2006-2008)

Attorney for the Kenner Board of Zoning Adjustments (1995-2004, 2006-2008)

Attorney for the Kenner Alcohol Beverage Permit Review Committee (1995-2004, 2006-2008)

Kenner Assistant City Attorney (1994-2006)

Kenner Deputy City Attorney (2006-2008)

PUBLICATION

The Louisiana Public Bid Law: A Review and Analysis, A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University of New Orleans, May 1994.

EDUCATION

B.A., Political Science, University of New Orleans

B.A., History, University of New Orleans

J.D., Loyola Law School

Master of Public Administration, University of New Orleans

NOTABLE ARGUED CASES

Bagley v. Prof'l Servs. Group, Inc., 856 So. 2d 1286 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2003).

Ackel v. Acad. La. Co., 821 So.2d 109 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2002).
                                            
City of Kenner v. Marquis, 715 So.2d 85 (La. App. 5 Cir. 1998).

City of Kenner v. Jumonville, 701 So.2d 223 (La. App. 5 Cir. 1997).

Treasure Chest Casino, L.L.C. v. Parish of Jefferson, 691 So.2d 751 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1997).

Parish of Jefferson v. City of Kenner, 675 So.2d 1177 (La. App. 5 Cir. 1996).

Parish of Jefferson v. City of Kenner, 663 So.2d 880 (La. App. 5 Cir. 1995).

State ex rel. Neighborhood Action Committee v. Edwards, et al., 652 So.2d 698 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1995).

Neighborhood Action Committee v. State, 652 So.2d 693 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1995).

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Catechetical Director of the RCIA Program at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Metairie, Louisiana.

Adjunct Professor, University of New Orleans, Political Science Department, Public Administration Program

Manresa House of Retreats, Manresa Retreat No. 49, Assistant Captain

Past Member of the Parish Council at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Metairie, Louisiana.

Past Chairperson of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Social Justice Commission (Catholic Campaign for Human Development).

Past Speaker for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Archdiocese of New Orleans

Past Member of the Community Leadership Racial Harmony Dialog with Archbishop Alfred Hughes.

Past Advisory Board Member of the Hispanic Apostolate for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Legal Advisor through the years to numerous non-profit and community organizations in the Greater New Orleans area.

Co-founder and former Vice-President of the Latin American Civic Association of Louisiana, Inc., a 501( c)(3) Louisiana non-profit corporation established for educational and charitable purposes, including the promotion of education, advocacy and assistance for the well-being of the Latin American Community in Louisiana.

Founder and Former Chairman of Celebracion Hispana, a 501( c)(3) non-profit organization, celebrating Hispanic culture, music, cuisine, art and dance in Louisiana.