Former Legislative Director Maria C. Garcia Joins Greenberg Traurig Sacramento

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Former Legislative Director Maria C. Garcia Joins Greenberg Traurig Sacramento

Maria Cruz Garcia, former Legislative Director for California Senator Ben Hueso, has joined the Sacramento office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig as a Director in its Government Law & Policy Practice.

Garcia assists clients with legislative matters at the State Capitol, including monitoring legislation, meeting with both elected officials and staff, and attending and testifying at committee hearings. She has worked for the California Legislature for almost a decade, serving members of the majority party in both the Senate and Assembly.

Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Garcia spent two years in Senator Hueso’s office, where she managed issues relating to transportation, housing, economic development, labor, business and professions, budget, governmental organizations, local government, land use, retirement, public safety, and health. In addition, Maria was the Principal Consultant to the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting, where she worked on issues relating to the Political Reform Act and initiative reform. While Maria has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of issues during her tenure with the California Legislature, she has held primary responsibilities in housing related matters, allowing her to create positive relationships with the building industry, tenant advocates, and business property owners. In addition, Maria has worked collaboratively with both business and labor on issues relating to worker’s rights and independent contractor status. She gained both invaluable experience and relationships while working closely with majority party consultants as Legislative Director for members of the Transportation and Economic Development committees. Maria’s experience also includes matters relating to alcohol regulations, Indian gaming, and professional scope of practice and licensing. She has worked with representatives in several other issue areas ranging from local government to public safety.

Garcia received a B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of California at Davis in 2005. She is not admitted to the practice of law.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy Practice
Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy Practice combines the capabilities of its Federal Practice in Washington D.C. with its state and local practices across the country. The firm’s national team of governmental affairs professionals and attorneys spans major political and commercial capitals throughout the United States, including: Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Sacramento, Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C. Garcia is the most recent hire in the trend of strategic expansion of Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy practice group.

About Greenberg Traurig in California
In California, Greenberg Traurig serves clients from across five offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 36 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Greenberg Traurig is among the Top 10 law firms on The National Law Journal's 2013 NLJ 350, an annual ranking of the largest firms in the U.S. For additional information, please visit

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