Mr. Garcia is the founding principal of the firm. He has enjoyed the distinction of being named to the Connecticut Super Lawyers® list since 2006 for Construction Litigation. He combines 10 years of hands-on construction industry experience (described below) with more than 32 years of legal experience litigating complex commercial construction and franchise disputes. Ray has tried 50 construction cases to conclusion before courts and juries. He has tried to conclusion over 30 franchise cases. He has conducted successful appeals before state and federal appellate courts. Some of the cases he has tried and subsequent appeals are described below. He has settled many cases in which individual clients have recovered in excess of $20,000,000. The cases span a wide range of subjects from public works contract claims for additional compensation to claims based on the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices including franchise and bad faith litigation, based on common law and statutory principles. The cases also involve working out defaulted contractors and negotiating resolution of claims under general indemnity agreements. The trials have been conducted before arbitration panels, juries or to the court sitting without a jury.
Mr. Garcia has lectured and written extensively on many subjects. Please contact the firm for a list and copies of articles and seminar papers. Most recently he authored articles about the application of the Due Process Clause of the United States Constitution to arbitral awards of punitive damages, use of chess clock arbitrations and mediation ethics and tactics.
Professional Associations: He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Connecticut Policy Board and on the National Panel of Arbitrators for large commercial cases. He also serves as an Arbitrator by appointment for the American Dispute Resolutions Center.
He is currently a member of the ABA Franchise Law Section, the ABA Litigation Section, the Construction Industry Forum, the ADR Committee and the Construction Litigation Committees of the ABA Litigation Section. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of America’s National Surety and Bonding Committee. He is a past President and director of the Connecticut Building Congress and a member of its prestigious Industry Practice Committee.
Education: Ray attended John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. He was one of the most honored members of his class. He served as an editor of the John Marshall Journal of Practice and Procedure, the school’s law review, for two years. He was elected to the Gavel Society and other prestigious leadership organizations.
When he returned to Connecticut from Chicago, he joined Pullman, Comley, Bradley and Reeves in Bridgeport, Connecticut as an associate. In 1981 he formed Garcia and Associates, P.C., forerunner of Garcia and Milas, P.C.