Ruben Garcia

Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research, Boyd School of Law
Co-Director, UNLV Workplace Law Program
Expertise: Labor Law, Employment Law, Constitutional Law


Ruben J. Garcia is a professor of law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' William S. Boyd School of Law. Before joining the UNLV faculty in 2011, he was a professor and director of the Labor and Employment Law Program at California Western School of Law in San Diego, where he taught for eight years. He also has held academic appointments at the University of California, Davis School of Law; the University of Wisconsin Law School; and at the University of California, San Diego.

Before beginning his teaching career in 2000, Garcia worked as an attorney for public and private sector labor unions and employees in the Los Angeles area. His scholarship has appeared in a number of leading law reviews, including the Hastings Law Journal, the University of Chicago Legal Forum and the Florida State University Law Review. His first book, published by New York University Press in 2012, is titled Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers and Leave Them Without Protection.

From January 2014 to January 2016, he served as co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), and has served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Nevada. In Fall 2015, he was selected as a UNLV Leadership Development Academy fellow.  He is a member of the board of directors of the American Constitution Society (ACS), a national nonprofit organization, and an advisor to the Boyd Law Student and Las Vegas Lawyer Chapters of the ACS. 


  • L.L.M., University of Wisconsin
  • J.D., UCLA School of Law
  • A.B., Political Science, Stanford University

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Ruben Garcia In The News

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
Violation of a non-compete agreement has been central to Wynn Resorts’ lawsuit against Fontainebleau over poaching of senior executives. Wynn claims the new resort hired nine of its executives and encouraged workers to violate their employment contracts.
Las Vegas Review Journal
The violation of a noncompete agreement has been central in Wynn Resorts’ lawsuit against Fontainebleau for poaching senior executives. Wynn claims the new resort hired nine of its executives and encouraged workers to violate their employment contracts. But in April the Federal Trade Commission changed its rules and announced that starting Sept. 4 all new noncompete agreements are banned. So, how would a ban impact executive hiring and moves on the Strip?
The Nevada Independent
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has affirmed a previous ruling that Red Rock Resorts violated national labor laws when it successfully tried to persuade workers not to unionize and has ordered three of the company’s Las Vegas casinos to negotiate collective bargaining agreements with employees represented by Culinary Workers Union Local 226.
Washington Monthly
The recent lawsuit brought by Elon Musk’s SpaceX challenging the constitutionality of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) might seem to have little to do with Starbucks. The Seattle-based coffee giant has publicly distanced itself from SpaceX’s frontal assault on the nearly 90-year-old labor law regulator.

Articles Featuring Ruben Garcia

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | December 4, 2023

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Spooky season at UNLV (Becca Schwartz\UNLV).
Campus News | November 1, 2023

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The Sphere on the Las Vegas Strip.
Campus News | October 2, 2023

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a female student sits in the grass by a tree reading a book
Campus News | September 1, 2022

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