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Leadership in Law 2014: Angela G. Garcia

Senior associate, Carson Boxberger LLP, Fort Wayne • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2009

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15col-Garcia.jpg Angela G. Garcia (Photo/Steve Linsenmayer)

Angela G. Garcia has been practicing law in Fort Wayne for just four years, but she already has made an impact. She’s earned a reputation for producing quality legal work and finding practical solutions for clients. The corporate and business law attorney has restructured Carson Boxberger’s summer associate program and actively participated in creating the firm’s Women’s Initiative. Recognizing a responsibility to share what she is learning with others, Angie volunteers as a bench/bar mentor for law students at Indiana Tech Law School.

Angie is active in the community, working with Junior League of Fort Wayne, WOWnet and the YWCA, Northeast Indiana Inc.

Why practice in the area of law that you do?

My practice allows me to work with clients to create solutions – real, practical solutions that contribute to the success of their businesses.

What is the most important lesson you learned from your mentor?

“Always get better.”

And speaking of mentors, you serve as one at the Indiana Tech Law School. What is the value of having a law school in Fort Wayne?

Establishing a law school in Fort Wayne was an ambitious, bold initiative that has been a part of a greater, citywide movement to create a more prosperous and vibrant Fort Wayne. Among the law school’s faculty and students are Fort Wayne’s newest talent and future leaders. Over the past year, they have shown their commitment to making an immediate, positive impact in the community, and to be a part of Fort Wayne’s promising future.

What’s something about you not many people know?

I was born in Liberia, Africa.

If you couldn’t be a lawyer, what would you do for a living?

My response to this question changes frequently. Today, I would choose to be a screenwriter.

What civic cause is the most important to you?

Stopping violence against women.

What was the worst or most memorable job you had prior to becoming an attorney?

My most memorable job would be working in an upscale restaurant in Carmel, Ind. What I remember most fondly from this job are the people who I worked with – it was the most diverse group I have to date ever worked with, and it was wonderful to learn about their various life journeys.

What are some tips for achieving a work/life balance?

Accept that you can’t do it all. Decide what your priorities are and have the courage to stay focused on those priorities and not get weighed down by everything else.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Mini corn dogs. And “Downton Abbey.”

Is there a moment in your career you wish you could do over?

No. I try to live without regret and look at my “less than positive” experiences as opportunities to learn and get better.

If you could meet and spend the day with one lawyer from history, who would it be and why?

Abraham Lincoln. I respect that he was a self-taught lawyer, and I admire his passion for learning.

Who is your favorite fictional lawyer?

Atticus Finch.

What class do you wish you could have skipped in law school?

Income tax




 

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  • ADP Client District Manager
    Congratulations Angie on the recognition for your outstanding work in the community and at Carson Boxberger! Best Regards, Tammy

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  1. I will continue to pray that God keeps giving you the strength and courage to keep fighting for what is right and just so you are aware, you are an inspiration to those that are feeling weak and helpless as they are trying to figure out why evil keeps winning. God Bless.....

  2. Some are above the law in Indiana. Some lined up with Lodges have controlled power in the state since the 1920s when the Klan ruled Indiana. Consider the comments at this post and note the international h.q. in Indianapolis. http://www.theindianalawyer.com/human-trafficking-rising-in-indiana/PARAMS/article/42468. Brave journalists need to take this child torturing, above the law and antimarriage cult on just like The Globe courageously took on Cardinal Law. Are there any brave Hoosier journalists?

  3. I am nearing 66 years old..... I have no interest in contacting anyone. All I need to have is a nationality....a REAL Birthday...... the place U was born...... my soul will never be at peace. I have lived my life without identity.... if anyone can help me please contact me.

  4. This is the dissent discussed in the comment below. See comments on that story for an amazing discussion of likely judicial corruption of some kind, the rejection of the rule of law at the very least. http://www.theindianalawyer.com/justices-deny-transfer-to-child-custody-case/PARAMS/article/42774#comment

  5. That means much to me, thank you. My own communion, to which I came in my 30's from a protestant evangelical background, refuses to so affirm me, the Bishop's courtiers all saying, when it matters, that they defer to the state, and trust that the state would not be wrong as to me. (LIttle did I know that is the most common modernist catholic position on the state -- at least when the state acts consistent with the philosophy of the democrat party). I asked my RCC pastor to stand with me before the Examiners after they demanded that I disavow God's law on the record .... he refused, saying the Bishop would not allow it. I filed all of my file in the open in federal court so the Bishop's men could see what had been done ... they refused to look. (But the 7th Cir and federal judge Theresa Springmann gave me the honor of admission after so reading, even though ISC had denied me, rendering me a very rare bird). Such affirmation from a fellow believer as you have done here has been rare for me, and that dearth of solidarity, and the economic pain visited upon my wife and five children, have been the hardest part of the struggle. They did indeed banish me, for life, and so, in substance did the the Diocese, which treated me like a pariah, but thanks to this ezine ... and this is simply amazing to me .... because of this ezine I am not silenced. This ezine allowing us to speak to the corruption that the former chief "justice" left behind, yet embedded in his systems when he retired ... the openness to discuss that corruption (like that revealed in the recent whistleblowing dissent by courageous Justice David and fresh breath of air Chief Justice Rush,) is a great example of the First Amendment at work. I will not be silenced as long as this tree falling in the wood can be heard. The Hoosier Judiciary has deep seated problems, generational corruption, ideological corruption. Many cases demonstrate this. It must be spotlighted. The corrupted system has no hold on me now, none. I have survived their best shots. It is now my time to not be silent. To the Glory of God, and for the good of man's law. (It almost always works that way as to the true law, as I explained the bar examiners -- who refused to follow even their own statutory law and violated core organic law when banishing me for life -- actually revealing themselves to be lawless.)

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