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John Garvin was raised on the east coast and received his B.A. in Psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia. After briefly teaching High School and selling Real Estate, John Garvin moved to California to attended California Western School of Law in San Diego - one of the Nations premier schools for trial attorneys.  John Garvin received his Juris Doctorate and passed the California Bar in 1993.

John Garvin moved to Fresno and took employment with the Alternate Public Defender’s Office. He quickly advanced within the office and in 1997 was promoted to Chief Defense Attorney for Madera Alternate Defense. While acting in that capacity, John Garvin was lead attorney in several cases and supervised numerous attorneys.

In early 2004, John Garvin took his experience and entered private practice where he works today.  He is the owner of Madera Law Center, a local Madera firm focusing on Family, Juvenile and Criminal Law.


John Garvin has been a accomplished trial attorney since 1993. He has successfully litigated criminal matters from traffic tickets to homicides. His formidable experience in the Court has also led to a successful family law practice.

John  Garvin has handled numerous divorce, child custody and property division cases.  John Garvin is a well known and respected attorney in Madera, California,   Most of John’s clients are not just satisfied with the results but with the better understanding they have of the legal process itself.


John Garvin's theory of practice is one of inclusion. John Garvin knows to be successful his clients need to be active with the details of their case and understand what is happening.   John Garvin takes extra time to explain the process and possible outcomes with his clients and helps guide them to the best resolution for them. 

Madera Law Center never forgets who they work for and, most importantly; it is the needs of the client that outweigh all other concerns.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 25%
    23 years
  2. Divorce: 25%
    15 years
  3. Child Support: 25%
    15 years
  4. Child Custody: 25%
    15 years



Hourly ($240/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

1925 Howard Road
Suite E
Madera, CA, 93637


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chief Defense AttorneyJohn A. Barker and Associates1993 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Fresno County Alternative Sentencing ProgramBoard member/ President 20001996 - 2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
California Western School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A