Rudolph Garcia
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PhotoRudolph (Rudy) Garcia is a highly rated Philadelphia lawyer who has served for decades as a court-appointed and private mediator, arbitrator and judge pro tempore for matters pending in federal and state courts. In those capacities, he has successfully resolved almost every case. Since retiring from a large firm at the end of 2015, Rudy has limited his practice to such service as a neutral, in mediations, arbitrations and administrative hearings.

Before leaving his large-firm practice to concentrate on alternative dispute resolution, Rudy engaged in a wide variety of complex civil litigation for nearly 40 years, in such areas as antitrust, securities, banking, construction, intellectual property, education, insurance and telecommunications, including numerous jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations in federal and state courts. Some of Rudy's representative matters were:

  • Winning one of the largest jury verdicts in the country and the largest in Pennsylvania, according to The National Law Journal, in a federal antitrust case involving the electronic article surveillance industry;
  • Representing the Independent Examiner under an SEC Consent Order in an investigation of accounting issues at a Fortune 50 company;
  • Successfully litigating and resolving an intellectual property claim seeking more than $1 billion in the lighting controls industry;
  • Successfully litigating and resolving an $800 million avoidance claim on behalf of a creditors committee for an insurance conglomerate debtor; and
  • Successfully litigating dozens of cases for wireless service providers and tower companies under the Telecommunications Act of 1996.


Respected peer rating organizations have listed Rudy as one of the best lawyers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States and the World, including:

  • International Legal Professional of the Year (2004) by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.
  • Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report;
  • Top Lawyers by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel;
  • Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters;
  • America's Most Honored Professionals (Top 1%) by the American Registry of Business Excellence.
  • Best Attorneys in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report;
  • Top Attorneys in Pennsylvania by Philadelphia Magazine;
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, by Thomson Reuters;
  • Best Attorneys in Philadelphia by The Philadelphia Inquirer;
  • Top Rated Lawyer and AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell; and
  • Superb Rated Attorney (10 of 10) by AVVO.

Rudy has also received a number of community and professional commendations, including civic citations from the Pennsylvania Senate and the Philadelphia City Council.

Over the last decade alone, Rudy has been interviewed more than a hundred times on TV, radio, and in local, national and international publications on a wide variety of legal topics.


Rudy has had the honor of serving as chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and one of the largest and most respected bars in the world. He has also served as chancellor of the Justinian Society and in the Houses of Delegates of the American Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and on the Boards of several public interest organizations.

In addition, Rudy currently serves in the following positions:

  • Member of the Law School Board of Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law;
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania;
  • Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Farmworkers, Inc.;
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the Justinian Society;
  • Fellow of the National Conference of Bar Presidents;
  • Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; and
  • Life Fellow of the Hamilton Circle.


Rudy is admitted to practice by the following courts, in addition to numerous pro hac vice admissions elsewhere:

  • Supreme Court of the United States;
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit;
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania;
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; and
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.


Rudy has practiced at the following firms:

  • Rudolph Garcia, Attorney at Law (sole proprietorship 2016-);
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC (voting shareholder 2005-2015);
  • Saul Ewing LLP (partner 1984-2005, associate 1978-84); and
  • Wright, Thistle & Gibbons (associate 1977-78, law clerk 1976-77).


Rudy's higher education was as follows:

  • Temple University School of Law, J.D. (1977), cum laude, including Law Review (1976-77), Moot Court (President 1976-77; Executive Board 1975-76) and various awards; and
  • Temple University, B.A. (1974), magna cum laude, including Phi Beta Kappa, President's Scholar and Academic Scholarship.
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