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Nossaman LLP

Kristin L. Garcia


T 949.477.7692
F 949.833.7878
18101 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1800
Irvine, CA 92612

Kristin Garcia has unique experience representing private and public clients in diverse environmental matters, including air quality, climate change, energy, land use, and water.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Garcia worked for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she developed technical, regulatory, and legislative experience.  At CARB, she spent four years across the Legislative Office, Chairman’s Office, and the Enforcement Division.  In particular, Ms. Garcia spent significant time analyzing and recommending positions on air quality legislation.  She also had the privilege of working directly for Chair Mary Nichols and accompanied the Chair to numerous speaking events and meetings, including Governor Schwarzenegger’s Global Climate Summit, legislative leader meetings, and stakeholder meetings.  Ms. Garcia then transitioned into enforcement law and policy, specifically in the area of diesel mobile sources. She created, managed, and administered a citation appeals program in which she investigated and issued decisions on more than 300 appeals.  At EPA, Ms. Garcia assisted in the remediation of three California Superfund sites governed by CERCLA and performed outreach to local communities impacted by the contaminated sites.

During law school, Ms. Garcia externed for the Honorable Andrew J. Guilford of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Executive Office. As a law clerk for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Ms. Garcia assisted in developing the defense strategy for a city agency allegedly in violation of one of its South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) permits.  Ms. Garcia communicated directly with the client, researched applicable environmental regulations, and drafted the agency’s response to SCAQMD. She also researched energy issues related to City demand and Southern California energy users and providers.

Awards & Honors

Recipient of UCI School of Law’s Pro Bono Independent Spirit Award, 2012

Kristin L.  Garcia
Kristin L.  Garcia



J.D., University of California, Irvine, 2014

B.A., Political Science; Conservation and Resource Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2007



Professional Affiliations

State Bar of California

State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section

State Bar of California, Litigation Section

Orange County Women Lawyers Association

Governing Council Member, UC Irvine School of Law Alumni Association

Alumni Association, University of California at Berkeley

UC Irvine Law School Mentoring Program

Orange County Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division), 2017 YLD Sports & Fitness Co-Chair; 2018 YLD Chair-Elect; 2019 YLD Chair  

Awards & Honors

Recipient of UCI School of Law’s Pro Bono Independent Spirit Award, 2012

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