Timothy L. Garcia was appointed by Governor Richardson to join the Court of Appeals on November 12, 2008. Judge Garcia was raised in Albuquerque, and his family has lived in the central Rio Grande Valley since the creation of the Spanish land grants and they were members of the Atrisco Land Grant. Prior to law school, Judge Garcia was a member of the Association of Tennis Professionals where he competed on the professional tennis tour and played tennis internationally, including the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
In 2002, Judge Garcia was elected to serve as a trial judge in the First Judicial District Court serving Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties. While serving on the trial court, he presided over the civil and criminal dockets within the district. Judge Garcia presently serves as a member of the Court’s Appellate Mediation Committee and continues to be involved with the State Bar of New Mexico.
Judge Garcia has been married to his wife, Nancy Long, for 24 years and they have two children. He remains actively involved with the United States Tennis Association and the University of New Mexico. His recreational activities include various tennis projects, fishing, hiking and white water rafting.
Judge Garcia attended the University of New Mexico where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Robert O. Anderson School of Business in 1979 and his juris doctorate degree at the UNM Law School in 1984.
After law school, Judge Garcia moved to Santa Fe where he began practicing law with Schwartz, Davenport, McDonald & Perelson. The Schwartz firm then merged to become the Santa Fe office of Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk. Judge Garcia also practiced for several years with the firm of Sommer, Udall, Othmer, Hardwick & Garcia before starting his own firm in 1995.
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Judge Garcia was appointed in late 2008 by Gov. Richardson, filling the seat left vacant by Judge Pickard. He was elected in 2010 and retained in 2016.