Abiel Garcia is a Partner of Kesselman, Brantly & Stockinger LLP. Prior to joining KBS, Mr. Garcia was an associate at Gibson Dunn, as a member of both their Antitrust and Competition and White Collar practice groups. He began his legal career as an Honors Attorney for the California Department of Justice, then as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, working in the Antitrust Section across his tenure. Mr. Garcia has represented plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation matters including antitrust, unfair competition, business torts, breach of contract, and class actions. His previous matters have provided experience across a vast array of industries such as healthcare, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, oil and gas, and technology. Coupled with extensive litigation practice, Mr. Garcia has also provided antitrust counseling, merger clearance counseling, and compliance advice to a variety of leading corporations. In addition to his antitrust experience, Mr. Garcia has spent years conducting government and internal investigations, with a particular focus on cross-border matters in Mexico, Honduras, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Caribbean.
For the past five years, Mr. Garcia has served on the Executive Committee for the California State Bar's Antitrust and Unfair Competition section, serving as a Vice Chair to the Diversity Committee, and also as a member of the Los Angeles County Bar's Antitrust and Unfair Corporation Section. He is a contributing author and editor of the leading treatise in California on antitrust and unfair competition law.
Mr. Garcia received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he received the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar award. He earned his B.A. from Occidental College, where he majored in Economics. Mr. Garcia maintains a robust pro bono immigration practice, focusing on asylum cases and impact litigation stemming from the separation of families along the U.S. southern border.
Areas Of Practice
- Antitrust and Trade Regulation
- Business Litigation
- White Collar and FCPA
- Merger Review
- Columbia Law School, New York, New York
- J.D. - 2012
- Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
- Occidental College
- B.A. - 2009
Professional Associations And Memberships
- California State Bar’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section, Executive Committee and Co-Vice Chair of Diversity
- Los Angeles County Bar’s Antitrust and Unfair Corporation Section, Executive Committee Member
Past Employment Positions
- Gibson Dunn
- Deputy Attorney General at California Department of Justice and Office of the Attorney General