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Lawrence T. García






University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1995

Duke University, B.A., 1992

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan


Lawrence T. García is the former chief legal officer for the City of Detroit and an experienced trial lawyer who has taken dozens of cases to verdict before juries across Michigan, winning both full defense and multi-million-dollar verdicts for defendants and plaintiffs respectively. 

Appointed Detroit's City Attorney by Mayor Mike Duggan in 2018, Lawrence served the city for four years by overseeing more than 120 professionals in the delivery of all legal services, ranging from litigation, legislative policy, contracts and economic development to code enforcement, appeals and FOIA productions. He led Detroit's Law Department through challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the controversy following Detroit's 2020 election. In recognition of his work, Lawrence received a testimonial resolution from Detroit City Council in 2022, shortly after he joined Miller Canfield. His interest in public affairs and the operation of local government continues to influence his work and advocacy outside of work.

A member of the firm's Employment and Labor Group, Lawrence has represented businesses and owners in a wide array of disputes and investigations. He has defended employers against discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims, and he has counseled corporate clients navigating administrative charges, collective bargaining and regulation. Lawrence is proud to have represented family-owned businesses founded in Detroit as well as Fortune 500 companies and foreign corporations.

Lawrence is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a former president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan.


"50 Names to Know in Government," Crain's Detroit Business, 2019

J.T. Canales Award, University of Michigan Latino Law Student Association, 2015

Professionalism in Law Award, Oakland County Bar Association, 2013

Outstanding Member, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2008

Hispanic Advocate of the Year, Michigan Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs, 2007

Professional Activities

American Board of Trial Advocates

Federal Bar Association

Detroit Bar Association Foundation, Board Member

Michigan Hispanic Collaborative, President and Chair

Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors

Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan, Former President

Detroit Bar Association, Director and Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee

Oakland County Bar Association, Diversity Committee and Circuit Court Committee

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Detroit Institute of Arts, Former Board Member

Erb Family Foundation, Board Member

Cesar Chavez Academy, Board Chair

Detroit Athletic Club


"Polarized Workplaces: Employer Rights in Politically Charged Times," Miller Canfield 2024 HR Spring Training

"Things to Remember in the Year of the Strike," ICLE Labor & Employment Law Institute, Plymouth, MI, April 12, 2024

"How to Legally Recruit and Retain Talent post-SFFA vs. Harvard," Co-Presenter with Michelle Crockett, Michigan Chamber of Commerce MiBiz360: Talent & HR Summit, March 6, 2024

"Records Management Policy & Election Records," State Bar of Michigan Government Law Section 2023 Winter Educational Seminar, February 17, 2023 

"Scaling Minority Owned Businesses," Panelist, DBusiness Breakfast Series, February 7, 2023

"Toolkit for Drafting Severance and Release Agreements, for Individual Terminations and Reductions in Force," Miller Canfield 2022 HR Fall Training Camp

"Mentorship: How We Can Succeed While Uplifting the Next Generation of Attorneys," Panelist, Association of Corporate Counsel Michigan Chapter/BSP Law/Miller Canfield Panel, August 17, 2022