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David Jon Garcia

Attorney at Law

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Education / Associations

  • David earned his Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law

Biography

David has been a member of the Goyette & Associates team since 2011 and has been working in Public Safety and Public Sector Employee representation since 2000.

Responsible for the firm’s Modesto office, David specialized in representing law enforcement, firefighters and public sector employees in all labor matters that arise in the course of their employment. He also represents registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses in matters related to license revocation proceedings.

After the loss of a family member (Police Officer) in the line of duty in 2005, David has focused his efforts on the effective representation of peace officers throughout the State. The experience galvanized his efforts to ensure prompt and thorough representation of peace officers in all facets of their careers and labor needs, and he now has more than ten years’ experience representing clients in matters ranging from grievances to disciplinary arbitration.

David particularly enjoys representing hard working public safety members due to the increasing public scrutiny these individuals experience. “I particularly enjoy representing clients on cases involving the use of force where expert testimony is required,” he says. “I find that the more work that is invested into a case at its inception generally results in a more favorable outcome.”

David is originally from Salinas CA and in his free time, he enjoys golfing and brewing his own beer.

Additional Experience

  • Disciplinary proceedings
  • Skelly hearings
  • “White v. Sacramento” due process hearings
  • Legal Defense Fund (LDF) panel attorney
  • Death in Custody (DIC) proceedings
  • Grievance arbitration
  • Public Safety Officer’s Produce Bill of Rights Act (POBR) violations
  • Firefighter’s Procedural Bill of Rights Act violations
  • Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) unfair labor practice proceedings
  • National Labor Relations Board proceedings
  • State Personnel Board Evidentiary Hearings
  • Nurse representation before the Board of Registered Nursing
  • Nurse representation before the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians
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California Courts Not Sympathetic To Employee Claims on PEPRA Pension Issues

By: Paul Goyette A recent string of California Superior Court and Court of Appeals Decisions indicate a clear trend to decline various employee and employer organization challenges to PEPRA. PEPRA is a form of pension reform law that was passed in 2012 and became effective January 1, 2013. PEPRA made several changes to the California public sector pension systems....

Voided Appointment Overturned for California State Employee

Attorney Brett Sherman of Goyette & Associates successfully represented a State of California Employee in the overturning of a voided appointment. Employee X* was promoted to a Staff Services Manager I (SSM) position within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2007. Employee X worked in that capacity until 2013, at which time Employee X...

2017: A Year in Review

by: Nicole Valentine It would be an understatement to say that 2017 was one of the most rewarding years in my practice as a criminal, labor, and licensing attorney. Below are some of the most notable results I achieved for my clients in each of these areas: One of the most important highlights of this year was when I won a client a full dismissal of all counts of an...

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