The Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal recently published a profile of Olivarez Madruga Lemieux O’Neill entitled “Community Service” which highlights the origins of the firm, the deep ties the firm’s attorneys have with the communities they serve, and the remarkable record of growth and success OMLO has achieved over the last decade.
The profile describes how founder Rick Olivarez approached Tom Madruga to join him in a new municipal practice in 2010, and later, how the two grew their firm through a strategic merger with the water firm Lemieux O’Neill in 2017. The merger created today’s OMLO, a one-stop-shop for public agency clients that boasts nearly 40 attorneys who specialize in water, education and municipal law.
“We’ve grown purposefully. We didn’t grow just for the sake of growing,” says Rick, noting that as the firm has grown, it has stayed true to its principles and commitment to the needs of the clients it serves. “We’re helping cities with some of the issues that will improve the lives of residents. And then with the school districts, we’re working on behalf of the kids.”
As the leader of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, Tom’s skill in the courtroom was emphasized in the profile, which mentions his recent wins on behalf of Centinela Valley Union High School District after a 10-day jury trial, and a landmark decision on behalf of Compton Unified School District that successfully challenged the use of SAT and ACT tests by the University of California.
Learn more and download a PDF of the profile below.