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Nelson A Garcia

Divorce and separation Attorney at Silver Spring, MD

4.9   18 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 25 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 19 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2005
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Nelson

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    A divorce can be devastating and stressful. TGC divorce lawyers can provide you with the skills to achieve the results you deserve and bring you peace of mind.

    25 years

  2. Child custody

  3. Domestic violence
    Very experienced in Maryland and District of Columbia Courts.

    25 years

Nelson A. Garcia, Partner, a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars, practices in all areas of Family Law, including divorce, custody, and domestic violence. He is experienced in helping business owners navigate the world of family law. He is a trained mediator and highly skilled litigator. He also has substantial experience in appellate brief writing and argument before the District of Columbia and Maryland Courts of Appeal. Formerly with Robert A. Ades & Associates where he practiced in all areas of Family Law, Mr. Garcia has extensive litigation experience. He graduated from Florida State University in 1979, where he earned a B.A., English and Business Co-Major, and earned his Juris Doctor in 1983 from Boston College Law School. He is a former Commissioner for the Montgomery County Maryland Commission for Women. Mr. Garcia lectures frequently on divorce and separation, domestic violence and other Family Law Matters and is a frequent talk-show participant on radio and television in these areas. He speaks fluent Spanish.

Law Associations

  • Maryland State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar
  • Prince George’s County Bar
  • Maryland Hispanic Bar
  • Maryland Association for Justice

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Nelson A Garcia
8601 Georgia Avenue,
Suite 206
Silver Spring, MD, 20910

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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2023
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Tireless advocate - he knows the law and how to apply it
I have been fortunate to have Mr. Garcia by my side to protect my children and I from a conniving and manipulative ex. He worked so incredibly hard to protect us and I will forever be grateful for him and our successes in and out of the courtroom. Mr. Garcia is a tireless advocate for his clients. He knows the law and - most importantly - how to apply it.
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Posted by George | August 13, 2018
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Precise, concise, and detail oriented lawyer. Will hire him again if I had to
Posted by Mike | April 28, 2018
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Grateful Client
Mr. Garcia did an excellent job representing me in a separation/divorce and custody case. His in depth knowledge of the law and the process was extremely valuable and i would highly recommend him to any of my associates. You won't be disappointed!
Posted by Carolyn | July 26, 2017
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Professional, awesome litigator handling complex issues with diligence
Nelson Garcia has again proven to be an excellent and highly effective litigator. I retained Mr. Garcia in 2010 going through a very complex divorce/custody case and helped me win exceptional victories for my family. Throughout the years he has represented me on several cases with outstanding results. My recent circumstances seemed insurmountable and chaotic. Nelson was not be distracted by my EX's allegations. Nelson was focused on what was important and building an impressive strategic plan. He is dedicated and always followed up on my concerns or new issues treating it with the utmost importance. Nelson is extraordinary meticulous and prepared. Staying late nights in his office, flexibility with phone conferences and preparing for trial was well worth it when Mr. Garcia executed his skills in court. Nelson is the epitome of professional, my go to in face of turbulence.
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Posted by Carolina | May 24, 2017
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Divorce and Domestic violence
Nelson Garcia provided exceptional representation in multiple cases for me, one a complex divorce matter involving multiple businesses and the other a restraining order. His knowledge of the law and the litigation process is exceptional. His ability to build a strategic argument and execute the same was phenomenal. This included that Attorney Garcia expertly hand-wrote a settlement agreement with many complexities which was then negotiated with opposing counsel, even though it occurred in a time-constrained fashion and with expert craftsmanship. I very highly recommend Nelson Garcia for any family law case no matter the level of complexity. He treats the client as a partner in the legal matter providing information in a clear manner to ensure that you know pro's and con's of each choice. He has great respect for the judges and this respect is mutual, based on his courtroom conduct.
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Posted by Julio Gonzales | November 3, 2016
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The best in DC
I will recommend Mr. Garcia because he help my Child and I with Custory case in which we won and help me through the process of my property and assault in which we won all four cases that Mr. Garcia represented. I will recommend Mr. Nelson Garcia because he makes you feel like part of your own Family. He worked really hard for us and help us win all of our cases. Don't look anywhere hired Mr. Garcia his the best in the metropolitan area.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2016
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Patient and Understanding Divorce Lawyer
Nelson ensured I got a fair and accurate settlement. He also took the time to help me understand the divorce process. It was my first time using a lawyer and I found him to be very patient and empathetic during such a difficult time in my life.
Posted by Rikki | August 21, 2016
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Top Notch Experience
Nelson Garcia exudes an ideal combination of professionalism, competency and empathy. Due to his clear, concise explanations I always left his office aware of exactly where I stood and what was coming down the pipe. Am excellent listener with a high level of emotional intelligence allowed for Nelson to advise in my best interest according to the law as well as my comfort level. Phone calls and emails were always returned promptly. Meetings were meaningful and time sensitive. Tasks were carried out expeditiously. Nelson counseled and encouraged me through a difficult period and yielded excellent results.
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Posted by andersondeandre1970 | March 21, 2015
A Fabulous ethical lawyer with Great courtroom skills
I am please to highly recommend Nelson A. Garcia to anyone who seeks a good lawyer to speak with integrity, truth, get to the facts of the case, and have a good understanding of the law in any jurisdiction. He was well-prepared for my case recently. He honed in on the facts of the case. He was honest with me about any weaknesses in my case. And, he was ethical in the courtroom. I can't say enough about the credentials of Nelson A. Garcia--he is a VERY good lawyer. If you want a highly trained and skilled lawyer, with integrity who will shoot it straight with you, I recommend you retain Nelson A. Garcia as your lawyer. Now, don't be worried if when interviewing you about the case, he ask you the same questions over and over, he's just getting his thoughts together, because as you'll see, his preparation is second-to-none when it comes to defending his client for a favorable judgement in your case.
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Posted by G. Lopez | June 19, 2014
Mr. Garcia is the MAN!!!!
Yes Divorce is stressful and this experience has been the hardest situation I've ever dealt with in my life. But thanks to this man Mr. Nelson Garcia I understood what I had to face. He tells you the truth and doesn't sugar coat anything. He was on top of everything in the case even making the plaintiff's lawyer look totally clueless in court. Mr. Garcia came up with creative solutions that instantly WON the case for me. Thanks to Mr. Garcia I did not have to give my Ex-husband a dime, Mr. Garcia proved that what belonged to me was mines and only mine. I highly recommend this amazing Lawyer to anyone because he gets the job done and wins!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2014
Nelson handles complex issues extraordinarily well
I retained Nelson over four years ago to handle my divorce. Since then, he has done a significant amount of follow up work needed in my matter. He is a superb strategist and tactician. He is also a wonderful person. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2014
I highly recommend for simple to complex legal matters.
I highly recommend Mr. Garcia especially for very complex and difficult divorces as well as complex domestic violence issues. He was my attorney for several years so I have quite a bit of experience with him as my attorney. He is honest, candid and professional. He treats the client as a partner in the legal matter providing information in a clear manner to ensure that you know pro's and con's of each choice.
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Posted by Beverley | May 7, 2014
Nelson Garcia
Nelson was supportive and kind through a rough time. When there was a curve-ball thrown by my ex Nelson was grace under fire and got it thrown out. He is knowledgable and level headed. I am glad I chose to work with Nelson, after attending a seminar he gave at the women's commission, my instinct was right.
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2013
A true advocate
Mr. Garcia was such a pleasant surprise. He was recommended by a partner in the firm, and he did not dissapoint. We were able to settle a case that went on for far too long, because of the other party's actions. My husband and I left the court smiling. We had a favorable outcome, not necessarily because of the provisions of the legal system, but because of God's overwhelming justice on behalf of His children and Mr. Garcia's advocacy. When the other party attempted to sling mud or make innaccurate accounts, Mr. Garcia continued to diplay passion and integrity on our behalf.
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Posted by Vernell | September 24, 2012
Exceptional Representation by a Knowlegable Experienced Attorney
Attorney Garcia provided exceptional representation for our family in a falsely made claim for a restraining order. His knowledge of the law and the litigation process was exceptional. His ability to build a strategic argument and execute the same was phenomenal. His dedication was evidenced by his remaining with us in his office late one Friday evening, delaying his own birthday celebration. He was an active engaged listener and provided expert guidance throughout the process. His preparation for the case was extremely through, with an overall plan that included contingencies depending on how the case unfolded. With his expert knowledge, performance in the courtroom, we prevailed and a judgement was rendered in our favor. I hope that no one has to experience the type of emotional stress caused by such false accusations, but if you happen to find yourself in this situation, he is truly the attorney you want to represent you. I would think that for any client that he represents, the same level of detail, preparation, and expert knowledge he brings to the case and the proceedings, will yield successful outcomes. He has great respect for the judges and this respect is mutual, based on his courtroom conduct. We will highly recommend him to any client who seeks professional, expert representation with a very personal and responsive manner.
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Posted by Nadine | August 28, 2012
Excellent Attorney and Extremely Reassuring!!
Nelson Garcia has proven to be an excellent and highly-effective attorney. He is representing me in several post-divorce matters that continue to crop up and I have to say, in addition to getting me outstanding results, he has been very reassuring. Circumstances that seem chaotic and insurmountable to me appear to be less daunting and threatening after speaking with Nelson. He is highly, highly knowledgeable. Not just about the substantive area of family law, but also of the court system and the individual judges themselves. I would be comfortable recommending him to anyone. And I find his rates reasonable.
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Posted by Carolyn | December 18, 2011
Outstanding service
Mr. Garcia's professionalism, courteous attitude, and patience gave me a sense of peace and security in the face of turbulence. He treated all of my affaris with the utmost importance. I had a complicated case with complex issues, but Nelson's expert knowledge of the law, craftsmanship, and methodology certainly helped me win my multiple victories.
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Posted by Juan Munoz | July 26, 2010
Honest and Trustworthy
I have a divorce dispute and he guided me and helped me to get the right answers to my questions. Although he was not my lawyer directly since I am Pro Sec, he gave excellent tools to fight the case.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Thyden Gross & Callahan, LLP
  • 2004 - Present
  • Commissioner
  • Montgomery County ND Commission for Women
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Lawyer
  • Robert A. Ades and Associates
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Advanced Resource Technologies Inc
  • 1998 - 2000
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  • Boston College Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Maryland Hispanic Bar Association
  • Treasurer/Secretary
  • 2004 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Maryland Divorce Legal
  • Teen sues Parents for College Money
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Montgomery County Commission for Women
  • Divorce 101-Basic Divorce Law
  • 2016
  • Montgomery County Commission for Women
  • Divorce Law
  • 2016
  • CNN Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
  • Divorce
  • 2014
  • TV News Broadcast
  • Family Law Forum
  • 2012
  • TV news broadcast
  • No fault divorce in Federal Law
  • 2012
  • Channel 9 News TV Conference
  • Christy Brinkley Child Custody Dispute
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"It was a great experience to have Nelson as opposing counsel. He was incredibly detailed oriented, efficient and patient. This despite the many twists and turns that arose in the particular matter we were involved in. Very impressive temperament. I gladly endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Nelson is a very well respected and highly effective attorney. He is a strong advocate for his clients and is willing to work diligently with opposing counsel to find an amicable resolution. It is a pleasure to offer my endorsement."
Family Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. He has shown himself to be very thorough and competent."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Nelson is a talented hard-working lawyer. He connects with clients and is a tireless advocate. He is a skilled, experience trial lawyer. Nelson's ability to properly assess cases and prepare cases for trial consistently results in success - persuasive presentations and positive outcomes for our clients. It has been a pleasure to work with him and to watch him work."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Nelson provides consistent support and thoughtful planning for his family law clients. As a colleague, I especially appreciate his methodical approach and his courtroom experience. He has a superior work ethic and is conscientious, reliable, and thorough. It's a pleasure to offer my endorsement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Nelson Garcia is an excellent trial lawyer. He is a skilled litigator with deep knowledge and experience in family law. His persistence, attention to detail, and hard work have earned him high praise from his clients."
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Silver Spring Divorce and separation Lawyer Nelson A Garcia
Nelson A Garcia
Divorce and separation Attorney
Silver Spring, MD
Licensed for 25 years