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The Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association, an organization of lawyers dedicated to representing the interests of the Latino community in our justice system, annually recognizes an individual for distinguished service to the community.


The award carries the name of Justice Jorge Labarga, a Cuban immigrant raised in West Palm Beach, who attended Forest Hill High School and became a prominent criminal defense and personal injury trial lawyer. Then appointed to the Palm Beach County bench, he rose through the ranks of the judiciary and was ultimately selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the State of Florida. Last year, he became the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, the first Latino to do so in the court’s history. The award appropriately honors Justice Labarga.

Mariano Garcia has practiced in Palm Beach County since becoming a lawyer 21 years ago. Immigrating with his family to the United States at age 8, his parents searching for a better life, he now serves on various boards of local organizations dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of his community. Committed to promoting the highest standards of practice and ethics in the legal profession, Mariano is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and a Shareholder at the personal injury law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley. His practice is geared towards serving the Latino community. Mariano Garcia is this year’s proud recipient of the Justice Labarga award.

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