Michael Garcia is an attorney from Santa Clara, California and the principal of the Law Office of Michael Garcia. Mr. Garcia is an author, trial attorney, and consumer protection attorney. His firm specializes in interstate and intrastate transportation law and the representation of household goods moving companies, bus and passenger carriers, and consumers. His practice focuses on regulatory compliance and training, tariff and contract requirements, safety compliance, and consumer protection laws. Mr. Garcia's practice has a strong emphasis on training in order to avoid litigation and regulatory actions by educating motor carriers to operate in compliance with the law and to protect consumers.
Moving company representation: Mr. Garcia's regulatory compliance practice includes training, drafting of shipping documents (bill of lading, order for service, binding estimate, non-binding estimate, etc.). Mr. Garcia's firm publishes custom interstate moving company tariffs in compliance with FMCSA and STB regulations. Mr. Garcia's firm also represents moving companies in regulatory actions and civil lawsuits against moving companies.
Bus and Passenger Carrier representation: Mr. Garcia's representation of bus and passenger carriers focuses on licensing, regulatory compliance, and safety and fitness matters.
Consumer representation: Mr. Garcia's represents consumers in lawsuits against moving companies and in arbitration. Lawsuits against moving companies may include damages to property, breach of contract, tariff or regulatory violations, and hostage loads.
Mr. Garcia is admitted to practice before all state courts in California; and the United States District Court Northern District of California. He frequently represents motor carriers in administrative actions before the United States DOT FMCSA.
The information contained on this website is designed for informational purposes only. Nothing on this website is designed or intended to constitute legal advice. Federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing the moving industry change frequently and may be interpreted differently by different people. If you need specific legal advice you should consult Mr. Garcia directly or a representative from the US DOT.
Interstate brokers have a responsibility to the consumer shipper to take their role as the consumer's advocate seriously and to provide a level of service beyond merely recommending a motor carrier. This book is designed to provide a summary of the governing regulations interstate brokers must adhere to in performing their services. It will also explain their role as the consumer's advocate and provide detailed instructions on how to properly vet and monitor motor carriers. This book also provides templates, company policies, consumer advocacy letters, and tools to perform brokering services in full legal compliance.
Interstate brokers have a special role as a service provider in interstate household goods moving. Interstate brokers are a consumer's advocate during a move. When acting in their true capacity as the consumer shipper's agent, brokers can benefit consumer shippers by assuming the role of a consumer advocate, vetting potential motor carriers before the move, acting as the liaison with the motor carrier during the move, and assisting the consumer shipper in resolving claims/complaints with the motor carrier after the move.
It is critical that an interstate broker understand that their role is to advocate for the consumer shipper before, during, and after a move. A consumer shipper relies on the experience and expertise of an interstate broker to ensure that the actual moving company performing the moving services is properly licensed, qualified, and will provide the consumer with a satisfactory moving experience.
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