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Cary Garcia

Family Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2014
    Status
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About Cary

Learn Cary’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Family
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    Divorce, alimony, equitable distribution, parental responsibility, time sharing, child support, paternity, relocation, modification actions, post-judgment enforcement actions, contempt actions, and jurisdictional issues.

    10 years

Cary Garcia is a family law attorney who handles all aspects of the family law field, including divorce, paternity, child support, modification, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and post-judgment matters, among others. She also acts as a Guardian ad Litem for children, where she investigates the issues in family law cases and makes recommendations to the court regarding the best interest of the children.

Cary graduated from the Florida International University College of Law in December 2012, where she was a member of the trial team and the Student Bar Association, and volunteered as a mock-trial team coach for local high school students. Her family law essay from the February 2013 statewide bar exam was chosen and published by the Florida Bar in its “Study Guide and Selected Answers” for future bar-exam takers.

Before becoming a licensed lawyer, Cary acquired 10 years of prior experience in the legal field as a legal assistant/law clerk, primarily in the field of family law. It was in these 10 years of work that she developed a love for research and writing, for assisting clients who are dealing with life-changing family issues, and for being an advocate for children. Today, her passion lies in putting her experience into practice by providing knowledgeable services with an understanding of the family’s emotional needs during the litigation process. 

Location

Strategic Family Law, P.A.
313 E. Oak Ave.
Tampa, FL, 33602

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Posted by Anthony | September 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Customer Service that leaves you speechless.
Have you ever had one of those moments in Customer Service that left you speechless? Well, here is my "Hired" Customer Service experience with Cary and her team. Cary and Chrischelle were truly a God send when I needed help the most. Cary took on my case with very short notice and exampled true knowledge, wisdom, understanding and most of all a heart of compassion for the job! We experienced victory after victory on this case. Not to my part, but to Cary and her team for their hard work! Today, I can say that after a long fought battle of three long years I can acknowledge that it has come to an end with complete VICTORY! Thank you so much Cary and team!
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Posted by Katrina | May 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Cary at Strategic law is fantastic!
Strategic law is in a lovely historic building that screamed all sorts of character. Cary (head attorney) and her staff were warm and inviting which was most helpful given the uncomfortable details we would be embarking to speak on. My mediation company had referred this firm for extra necessary advice prior to delving into contractual details with my soon to be ex. The information provided was concise and clear, and Cary even followed up with a thorough email notating the important points of topic that were necessary to move forward and protect myself and my son. I truly believe she really cares for her clients and she’s very proud of her trade. She performs law well and it shows. It’s an added bonus that she was super kind, a very hard worker, and provided invaluable money. Well worth the small amount I paid in exchange for her time. Thank you again!! Katrina
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Ms. Garcia do a fantastic job!
I was admittedly nervous about talking to a lawyer (as many people are). However, Ms. Garcia diffused the any discomfort and made me feel supported. Additionally, her advisement was very sound legally and was also practical. Highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney
You don't need to look any further for a family law attorney. Cary is the best and she will win your case, if your case can be won. She is incredibly sharp and knowledgeable about the law. She is also highly proactive, professional, responsive, thorough, kind and compassionate. She is able to balance strength and empathy. She is the best attorney I have ever hired and I wish she practiced EVERY area of law. Thank you, Cary!
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Posted by Oscar | January 15, 2021
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Parent Custody
Cary has gone above and beyond to help me fight for custody of my child. She has fought fiercely while listening to your needs to get you the best results for your case. Both Cary and her assistant Jessica get back to you in a timely matter with detailed information on any questions or concerns that you may have. I have hired Cary on multiple court cases. With Cary representing your case you won't have to worry because she takes care of you.
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Posted by Leslie | October 29, 2020
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Divorce
Cary helped me tremendously while going through a difficult divorce. She guided me and went above and beyond to make me feel like I was being supported and making the right decisions for me and for my kids. It was a very nerve wracking experience for me and she kept me at ease throughout the process. I am very thankful for her help during my most difficult time and have highly recommended her to other friends. She is strong and understanding, two qualities I very much value. Thanks Cary for all that you did for me.
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Posted by Chelsea | October 26, 2020
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Dissolution of Marriage
great attention to detail, very honest and very responsive. Cary thoroughly explained and took care of every step of the divorce process and I would definitely recommend her to others!
Posted by Maritza Torres | February 13, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent consultation.
Cary answered all my questions and followed up with a summary of the key points of our consultation. She was genuinely helpful.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Cary Garcia was recommended to me when I was having difficulty with my first attorney during my divorce and child custody case. When I went with Cary, my case was headed for trial and there was conflict at every turn. Her assertive and efficient methods got things on the right track. She worked well with the Opposing Counsel and the Guardian at Litem on my case. She prepared me and made me feel comfortable and confident throughout the process. Cary has a true passion for law and children. If you are looking for a smart, compassionate and effective attorney you should reach out to Cary Garcia. She was wonderful and I am satisfied with the outcome of my case.
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Posted by Renita | January 12, 2017
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Divorce Representation
Cary Garcia represented me during my divorce. She was recommended by a friend and I am thankful every day that I had her by my side during this difficult time. She helped me to understand my options, and patiently took the time to explain everything to me, sometimes more than once. My ex-husband and I chose to go the route of a settlement. Cary understood my choices as far as a settlement and not trial, and worked hard with my ex-husbands attorney to see that my wishes were carried out. During this time I experienced many ups and downs and Cary was there by my side every step pf the way. She expressed concern for both myself and my children. She tried to help me see all sides, offering professional advice, and in some cases, finding out answers for me through professionals in other fields, such as taxes, real-estate and accounting, if she was not certain of the answers herself. This was a tremendous help as I was coping with a great deal already. She was clear about her fees and billing and I found them to be fair and competitive, though after experiencing the quality and caliber of her work, I would have been happy to pay much more. I received a monthly accounting of hours and monies billed, letting me know where I stood financially with her at all times. I found her to be honest, knowledgeable, compassionate and straight forward. I would recommend her without hesitation or reservation. If you are in need of an attorney, and reading these reviews to help you make up your mind, you need look no further. I hope that I will have no further use for her services in this capacity, but if I do, I would be comforted knowing that I have her on, and by, my side.
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Posted by Katie | September 1, 2016
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Divorce services
Cary represented me in a Marriage Dissolution between my partner and I. She was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, efficient, and ensured that the process was as quick and painless as it could be. Cary was very easy to contact, and consistently kept me updated on the progression of our case. I would definitely recommend!
Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2016
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15-minute advice session
Cary is awesome! Smart and does a tremendous job of listening and asking the right questions. Very efficient. I feel totally confident with her advice in helping me through a complicated alimony/child support modification I am trying to accomplish as a result of an unexpected job loss.
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2016
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Family advice session
She was honest, kind, thorough and smart. Couldn't ask for anyone better!!!
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2015
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Family advice session
The attorney was awsome. She was very prompt and informative.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2015
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Divorce & Separation advice session
Ms. Garcia was fantastic. She immediately understood my situation and gave me the specific advice I needed. She also saw some things I hadn't and offered some additional ideas.
Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2015
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Divorce & Separation advice session
It was my first time using the service and i was very happy with the service i received. The lawyer was knowledgeable and very efficient and gave me great practical advise that i was able to put to use right away. I also received my phone call in only 5 minutes after my inquiry. I am representing my self in my divorce modification attempt and this service really fits a need where i feel i dont have to go all the the way alone but have an incredible resource at my disposal on key items that truly require attorney review at a fraction of the cost to have an attorney on retainer.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2015
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Family advice session
Ms. Garcia Was very helpful and informative. She gave me well needed advice.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2015
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Family advice session
This attorney answered my questions properly and was more than devoted to my time. It was a pleasure speaking with her.
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Incredibly smart and honest
Truly grateful for Ms. Garcia's generous advice. Ms. Garcia was insightful and brilliant while weighing the alternatives. This was a post-divorce situation. I only wish had known of Ms. Garcia's for representation when I was first getting divorce.
Posted by Jorge | August 5, 2015
Review of Cary Garcia's Family Law Services
Cary Garcia represented me in my divorce proceedings, and helped negotiate a settlement agreement with my ex wife. I can honestly say that Ms. Garcia is one of the most professional, diligent, and competent attorneys I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She went out of her way to assist in the negotiation process, so as to help diffuse tension when it arose, and ultimately helped negotiate a settlement that ended up being financial favorable to myself. Without her assistance I would have likely left money on the table. Her services are also reasonably priced and you get the extra attention you may not get from dealing with some of the larger law firms. I am sure her diligence extends to her other areas of her practice, as she takes pride in her work.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • CG Family Law, P.A.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Vilar Law, P.A.
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Vilar Law, P.A.
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Legal Assistant
  • Cynthia J. Dienstag, P.A.
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Legal Assistant
  • Katherine Ferro, P.A.
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Legal Assistant
  • Sandra Velez-Felfle, P.A.
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Legal Assistant
  • Bofill & Vilar, P.A.,
  • 2003 - 2006
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Education

  • Florida International University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Florida International Unversity
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2008

Associations

  • Stann W. Givens Family Law American Inn of Court of Tampa
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Student Bar Association
  • ABA Representative
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Lawyers to the Rescue
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Publications

  • Florida Bar Family Law Commentator
  • Guest Editor
  • 2016
  • Florida Bar publication
  • “Study Guide and Selected Answers"
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (32)
Given (34)
Endorse Cary
Family Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Cary was opposing counsel on case and fought vigorously for her client but was extremely professional and one of the best attorneys I've had the pleasure to litigate against. She is an excellent advocate and her clients are lucky to have her."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Cary Garcia is an asset to the family law community. As opposing counsel, Ms. Garcia was a tough but professional litigator who worked hard for her client. I endorse and would refer clients to Cary."
Family Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Garcia is a very competent, knowledgeable and a through Attorney. She is well versed in all aspects of the law. Her attentiveness to her client’s needs, compassion for their cause, and her positive attitude, makes her an excellent Attorney. Any client would be well served with Ms. Garcia’s representation. What a true Professional in the Legal Field. I highly recommend her for your legal needs."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cary is knowledgeable, experienced, and committed to her clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly professional, very knowledgeable and a strong advocate for her clients"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Garcia is a reliable and professional attorney, who is always working hard for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cary and I are both members of a shared professional organization. During this time, I have had the pleasure of observing her provide knowledgeable feedback and assist her fellow attorneys. She exudes rare characteristics that are certain to advance her client's objectives. l endorse this lawyer."
Alimony Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is dedicated to her clients and their causes. A zealous Advocate!"
Child custody Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Garcia is a trustworthy and hardworking attorney. She is knowledgeable in her areas of practice. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an asset to her community and her clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I referred a difficult matter to Cary where the client was in legitimate danger and was in need of a knowledgeable and courageous attorney. Cary took great care of the client who came back to me with rave reviews."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a knowledgeable member of the legal community dedicated to meeting the needs of her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cary is a wonderful attorney. She cares for her clients and goes the extra mile. She takes the time to research the issues and obtain the best results for her clients. I highly recommend her."
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