Garcia Running for Chancellor

Rudy Garcia, a shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, is throwing his hat in the ring for this year’s election for chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2011, chancellor-elect in 2010 and vice-chancellor in 2009.

Garcia has been active in the bar association for several years, including serving three terms on the Board of Governors. Garcia is co-chair of the Charter & Bylaws committee this year.

“I can do this effectively. I feel like I have the responsibility to do it. The association has been good to me for a long time,” Garcia said in an interview Wednesday.

Garcia said his active involvement in the bar association, including serving as a bar association delegate to the America Bar Association House of Delegates, prepares him to lead the association on judicial independence, legal profession issues like the “unfair taxation of lawyers” and promoting the public good.

Garcia, who practices in complex business litigation, said he wouldn’t take the trade association advocacy role of the bar association lightly. “Somebody needs to speak up for the lawyers. That’s one of the important roles of the bar association,” Garcia said.

— Amaris Elliott-Engel, Staff Reporter

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