Charina P. Garcia is the Strategy and Innovation Partner at WR Immigration and manages the firm’s Northern California offices. She represents and advises many Fortune 500 and start-up companies, as well as individuals on both employment and family-based immigration matters. She presents at many industry conferences on the intersection between law and technology focusing on the firm’s technology – WRapidTM, a centralized, cloud-based technology and Enterprise Resource Planning solutions software powered by Salesforce. She has been nominated for Legalweek Leaders in Tech Law award under the category Innovators of the Year – Law Firm Individual Finalist and is currently a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF).
Charina is appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has served on the Executive Board of the Northern California Chapter of AILA and was the Vice-Chair of the AILA National Liaison Committee for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service’s California Service Center. In addition, Ms. Garcia has served on the Board of Directors for Filipino Advocates for Justice (formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action) and has previously served on the Board for the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC). She was also a member of the faculty of Law Review CLE, Sterling Education Services and Lorman Education Services, which provides continuing education seminars.
Ms. Garcia earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. While attending the University of Washington, she argued successfully before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and participated in the Refugee and Immigrant Advocacy Clinic. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley earning a major in Economics and a minor in Asian-American Studies. Ms. Garcia is also admitted to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court.