Richard E. Padilla


Richard Padilla is a Partner with Olivarez Madruga.  As the Deputy City Attorney for the City of El Monte, Mr. Padilla has researched and prepared written analysis on a variety of legal issues for the City Council, City commissions and City departments.  He has provided comment and analysis for ordinances, resolutions, contracts, real property transaction documents and other similar documentation, and has conducted ethics training for officials of the City. He has assisted commissions and department staff in the development of policies and procedures (e.g., purchasing polices and bidding procedures), prepared and reviewed bid documents for public works projects and assisted with coordination of the bid process.

Mr. Padilla has also served as presiding legal counsel at meetings of the Planning Commission and from time to time meetings of the City Council and the El Monte Community Redevelopment Agency.  He has frequently advised City officials on Brown Act and conflict of interest matters and reviewed California Public Records Act requests.  In addition, he has advised the City Clerk on election law matters, drafted City-initiated ballot measures and related ballot documents (e.g., user tax update, establishment of half-cent transactions and use tax and public safety parcel taxes) and drafted impartial City Attorney analyses for various City-sponsored and citizen-sponsored ballot measures. He has provided legal advice for, and assisted in the coordination of, Proposition 218 majority protest proceedings for the establishment of a sewer service charge and drafted related ordinances, resolutions and staff reports, as well as making appearances on behalf of the City for the prosecution of municipal code violations.

As a litigator, Mr. Padilla has focused his practice on civil litigation matters with an emphasis on public agency law matters.  His work has included the preparation of development agreements, leases, deeds, loan agreements and other transactional documents.  He has appeared at administrative proceedings on behalf of public agency and private party client and researched a variety of public law matters, including redevelopment law, water law, redistricting, Voting Rights Act litigation and other general municipal law matters.

As a public servant, Mr. Padilla has also served as Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of Duarte and the City of Glendora; as presiding legal counsel for the El Monte Planning Commission and El Monte Project Area Committee for Downtown El Monte Redevelopment Project Area; and assistant general legal counsel for Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.   He was also a research attorney for the California 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno.

  • University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.S., Economics and Political Science, 1992
  • State Bar of California (1999)

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