Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D.
  • with distinction
Wayne State University, B.A.
  • Economics

Prior Employment

  • Karoub Associates, 1980-2009; served as Managing General Partner, 1993-2009 
  • Michigan Food Dealers Association, Legislative Counsel, 1979-1980
  • Michigan Catholic Conference, Public Affairs Assistant, 1973-1979

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan 

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Joe Garcia successfully provides his clients with strategic solutions that involve the government's executive branch, legislature, and regulators. He regularly counsels clients on legal matters related to liquor control and gaming laws. 

  • Serves as legal and lobbying counsel for various individuals and trade associations and has successfully assisted in drafting and advocating passage of numerous legislative initiatives, including enactment of:
    • Horse Racing Laws of 1980 (1980 PA 327) and 1995 (1995 PA 279)
    • Regionalized Branch Banking (1985 PA 177)
    • Liquor Liability Reform (1986 PA 176) 
  • Has participated in numerous successful campaigns, including congressional, judicial, and ballot issues and state legislative elections, since 1973
  • Previously served as Managing General Partner for Karoub Associates, one of the largest multi-client lobbying firms in Michigan, representing companies, associations, and individuals
  • Previously served as General Counsel to the Michigan Racing Association and the Northville Driving Club Corporation and was responsible for contractual negotiations on behalf of various racetracks with labor unions and horseman’s groups


Knights of Columbus, Member, 1974-present

Wayne State University Alumni Association


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2019
    • Recognized in practice area of Government Relations Practice
    • Lansing Government Relations Practice "Lawyer of the Year," 2019
  • Selected Top Lobbyist by Inside Michigan Politics, 1995 and 2004
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated