ALFA International Friday Feature – Monica R. Garcia
ALFA International – The Global Legal Network
September 24 at 9:22 AM ·
ALFA International (ALFAI) is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting Hispanic/Latinx attorneys who are making an impact across our network. Today’s #FridayFeature is Monica Garcia, vice president and shareholder with ALFAI member firm Butt Thornton & Baehr PC in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is an ALFAI contact partner and currently serves on the steering committee of the Product Liability & Complex Torts and Women’s Initiative Practice Groups. We hope you enjoy Monica’s feature!
What does National Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
I appreciate the opportunity it brings to highlight and recognize Hispanic heritage, history and culture. And not just for the focus on Hispanic heritage, but also for the education and exposure to these aspects. I believe it is important we take advantage of the ability to expand our knowledge of the Hispanic culture, whether it be in attending a lecture, sharing stories about our Hispanic experience, or participating in an event that highlights the culture. Personally, it causes me to reflect on my own family and the experiences my ancestors and family members have had in their journey to, and in, the United States. Most importantly, it reminds me of the need to not just celebrate, but to maintain, the Hispanic culture.
Tell us about someone who inspires you, whether it be a family member or a well-known public figure.
My Grandmother and Mother have always inspired me. My Grandmother, who just recently passed at the age of 99, was a tough, hard-working woman. She was committed to her family and religion while maintaining her own identity without any apologies. She was a force to be reckoned with, especially in the kitchen; she called the shots there. My Mother’s calm but firm guidance has always been an inspiration to me and something I strive to use in my own life, personally and professionally.
What is your favorite ALFA International memory?
There is no way I can identify a favorite ALFA International memory because I have too many wonderful memories of my experiences at ALFAI events. Not just in attending memorable presentations, but also in connecting with fellow ALFAI attorneys and clients at the events; whether it has been over a meal, watching a game at a ballpark or hanging out by a pool.
What was your first concert or best concert you’ve ever attended?
The best concert I have ever attended was the Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger did not disappoint.
To learn more about Monica’s practice, click here: bit.ly/3i6Kd1o