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Osvaldo Garcia

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Area of Focus: Tax, Private Wealth Services
Osvaldo Garcia

Osvaldo Garcia is a tax and private wealth planning attorney who focuses on international and domestic estate planning, estate administration, trust administration, tax controversies and matters of international regulatory compliance. Since 2017, Osvaldo has been selected from among a pool of global contenders to the "Ones to Watch" directory issued by the Private Client Global Elite, a highly regarded industry list of ultra high net worth legal advisors. A Cuban native and Spanish speaker, Osvaldo utilizes his fluency and cultural background to counsel clients from a multicultural and multilingual perspective. He is adept at breaking down complex matters of U.S. international tax law to clients in their native language and adapting common law concepts to the civil law tradition observed in other countries. 

Q & A
What are some of the biggest challenges practitioners face in the private wealth planning field?
It is definitely the rapid pace of legislative changes that address international taxation issues, which has become much more pronounced. The past decade has witnessed a steady slew of legislative developments both in the US and abroad, from attempts to combat tax evasion to harmonizing tax regimes across jurisdictions. I view this increasing internationalization of the private wealth space intellectually challenging, and as an international tax attorney I relish being at the center of it. Many of my clients come from Latin America with complex planning needs, and I regularly participate in industry panels and conferences directed at the region to discuss international taxation issues and best practices in private wealth planning for individuals and families with assets inside the US and across Latin America.
How does your pro bono work strengthen your skills as an attorney?
Much of my pro bono practice focuses on difficult immigration cases involving vulnerable individuals in need of counsel. Examples include working with domestic violence victims or those fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries through asylum applications, U-Visa petitions, and other mechanisms. Through this work, I have been extremely humbled to be recognized as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association in 2016 and as the 2021 recipient of the Her Justice John K. Geiger award.

Although the cases I work on can be emotionally trying, there is no doubt that they have trained me to psychologically manage stressful issues with sensitive clients. Discretion and tact are hallmarks of any excellent attorney, and I'm glad that my rewarding pro bono work for vulnerable people has instilled these traits in me.
  • New York University, L.L.M., Tax, 2019
    Cornell University, J.D., International Legal Affairs and Legal Advocacy, Dean's List, 2014
    Florida International University, B.A., International Relations and Criminal Justice, Dean's List, magna cum laude, 2011
  • Florida
    New York
  • Legal Week, Private Client Global Elite, One to Watch, 2017 - 2019

    Hispanic National Bar Association, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2016

    New York State Bar Association, President's Pro Bono Service Award, 2016


  • Spanish