Renee García is a Latina who took on new challenges in the city government this year. With ethics and commitment, she holds the position of Municipal Solicitor of Philadelphia, overseeing the Department of Law and serving as legal counsel, even advising the mayor, city council, and all local government departments.
Mayor Cherelle Parker appointed García to this role under her administration. “Under her leadership, some of the city’s most impactful cases were launched to combat gun violence, protect affordable housing, and fight against businesses that pollute our environment. I can’t wait to see her apply these talents and reflect these successes throughout the legal department.”
García is a dedicated advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. For over a decade, she has excelled in litigation, strategic planning, risk management, and legal analysis, all while keeping social justice at the forefront of her work.
Before assuming her new position earlier this year, she served as President of the Litigation Group since March 2021. She led six units in the Legal Department, overseeing 130 people in the areas of Torts, Code and Public Nuisance, Civil Rights, Appeals, Affirmative and Special Litigation, and Labor and Employment.
“She has dedicated much of her time advising city task forces and defining, implementing, and evaluating legal matters and policies for city agencies regarding litigation strategy,” highlights the city’s website.
Under her leadership, the Litigation Group spearheaded legal efforts to address the city’s most complex challenges, including initiating lawsuits aimed at holding manufacturers and distributors of firearms accountable for reckless business practices perpetuating the gun violence crisis in Philadelphia.
She was also instrumental in negotiating settlements for the George Floyd protests lawsuit, the investigation of the MOVE remains, and the collection of over $200 million as a result of the city’s litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors. Additionally, she has advised client departments through efforts to achieve accessibility, affordable housing, and environmental justice.
Past and Present
Before leading the Legal Department, García’s passion for her work, especially in increasing diversity and inclusion efforts within the legal field and the community, led her to chair the PNC Pro Bono Legal Committee. She independently provided pro bono legal services through the Senior Law Center, Support Center for Child Advocates, and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, among others.
She also served as the former chair of the Board of Community Legal Services/Legal Aid of Philadelphia and is currently a board member of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, and the nonprofit arts organization Intercultural Journeys.
García, who has tirelessly advocated for justice and the city, received the 2017 PNC Market All-Star Award, the 2017 Hispanic Young Corporate Achiever Award from the Hispanic Corporate Responsibility Association, and the 2015 Rising Star Corporate Counsel Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal.