Join OM in the Fight Against Hunger

For the month of May, Olivarez Madruga will be participating in its first Food from the Bar campaign, benefiting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.  For the past eight years, law firms and legal offices throughout Los Angeles County have engaged in friendly competition to see who can raise the most funds, food, and volunteer hours.

Just last year, Feeding America deemed Los Angeles County as having the largest food insecure population in the United States, with more than 1.4 million residents affected by food insecurity.  Since 1973, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 1 billion pounds of food.  It provides food to 320,000 people every month, and in 2015 alone, distributed 52 million meals – that’s more than 62 million pounds of food.  The Food Bank collects food from hundreds of resources, which – with the help of 27,000 volunteers annually – it serves to more than 320,000 individuals on a monthly basis.  Ninety-seven percent of revenue raised goes directly to programs.

Olivarez Madruga is proud to have been among the many volunteers on-site at the Los Angeles Food Bank this past Mother’s Day weekend, putting together more than 4,000 kits to be distributed to senior citizens throughout Los Angeles County.

For every $1 donated, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is able to provide four meals.  If you are interested in making a contribution, please click here.

For more information about the Food Bank and other ways you can help, visit their website at

Ceremony Honoring Congressman Edward Roybal on U.S. Capitol Grounds

On March 16, 2016, a tree planting ceremony commemorating Managing Partner Rick R. Olivarez’s late grandfather, Congressman Edward Roybal, took place on the U.S. Capitol Grounds.  Mr. Olivarez and OM Partner, Thomas M. Madruga, were proud to be in attendance at the planting of the red oak.  Dignitaries there honoring the late Congressman included his former colleagues Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.  The ceremony was led by Mr. Olivarez’s mother, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.

Edward R. Roybal was the first Hispanic from California to serve in Congress since 1879.  He co-founded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), and founded the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).  Congressman Roybal was a powerful advocate for funding for education, civil rights, and health programs.

The tree planting marked the centennial of Congressman Roybal’s birth, which also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the CHC and NALEO.


New Laws Affecting Public Entities in 2016


With the New Year comes a spate of new laws affecting public agencies and various aspects of their day-to-day operations.  The Firm has assembled general summaries of newly enacted laws that may affect your organization.  Please click here to view the outline of new mandates taking effect this year.

For a more detailed discussion about these changes and how they may be applicable to you, please do not hesitate to contact our office.