RICCO M. GARCIA
Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in Mission, Texas, Ricco M. Garcia is an attorney, author, and legislative policy advocate. Ricco graduated from Sharyland High School and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Ricco then went on to study law at the University of Houston Law Center, completing his final semester of law school in Washington D.C. at Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, Ricco served as the President of the American Constitution Society and the Chief Articles Editor of the Business and Consumer Law Journal. During law school Ricco clerked for the 13th Court of Appeals and as the litigation clerk for some of the largest litigation firms in Houston, Tx.
Ricco has extensive legislative and political experience, having worked four Texas legislative sessions and two separate internships at the United States Capitol in D.C. Directly prior to joining O’Hanlon, Demerath, & Castillo P.C., Ricco worked as the General Counsel and Legislative Director for State Senator Carol Alvarado during the 86th Texas Legislative Session in 2019.
In February 2017 Ricco co-authored a book along with his brother titled, “How a Goat Became Mayor and the Political Spring that Followed” that went on to become a #1 best-selling book in the U.S. in local elections.
Ricco has worked on variety of legal and legislative matters on behalf of a variety of clients—including successfully representing a political campaign as the lead attorney in trial court, the appeals court, and the Texas Supreme Court.
Ricco has also given a TEDxTalk at the University of Texas titled, “Growing Money in the Desert.”
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2016
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN
B.A., Government, 2013
Publications & Featured News Coverage
How a Goat Became Mayor and the Political Spring That Followed. 2017. Amazon Digital Publishing.
TEDxTalk "Growing Money in the Desert"
‘They broke the law’ a flimsy excuse for family separations. 2018. Austin Statesman
UHLC Alum Garcia ’16 pens book on upset elections. 2017. University of Houston Law Center
Editorial: Is a felon fit for office? Austin voters deserve to decide. 2018. Austin Statesman
Why the Texas energy industry is watching Mexico’s election. 2018. Austin Statesman
How the Divided Texas House Came Together Over Pecans. 2017. Rio Grande Guardian
Austin Candidate Challenges State Law With Criminal Past. 2018. US. News
Brief to the Supreme Court of Texas. In re Ramirez, 13-18-00031-CV, 2018 WL 774840, at *1 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Feb. 2, 2018, pet. denied).