My father was in the military, so as a kid I went to school in New Mexico, Virginia, and even Germany. After high school, I enlisted into United States Army. After my honorable discharge, I graduated cum laude from Howard University in 1992 and recieved my law degree from William & Mary in Virginia in 1995.
I began my legal career working for the NAACP Legal Defense protecting civil rights. I soon became a law clerk to Judge David Mitchell in 1995 and in 1996, I was hired by Patricia Jessmy to become an Assistant State’s Attorney. After working in the public sector, I moved to the private sector and worked for Schulman, Treem from 2004 to 2006. In 2006 is when I started my law firm, Bates and Garcia.