Professional Experience

Mr. Olivarez is the founding and Managing Partner of Olivarez Madruga Law Organization LLP (“OMLO”). In this capacity, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm. Under his leadership, OMLO has grown into the premier minority-owned law firm in Southern California.

In addition, Mr. Olivarez manages the firm’s municipal and school district practice group.

Mr. Olivarez is honored to serve as city attorney to the cities of El Monte, La Puente, and Bell Gardens. He previously held this same role for the cities of San Fernando and Cudahy, which the firm continues to represent.

As city attorney, Mr. Olivarez advises on all aspects of municipal law including, but not limited to, the Public Records Act, public contracts, Brown Act, litigation, economic development, construction law, and ethics. Additionally, Mr. Olivarez has drafted hundreds of resolutions, ordinances, and contracts on behalf of his municipal clients.

Mr. Olivarez also serves as general counsel to a number of school districts and community colleges. In this role, Mr. Olivarez advises the governing bodies on various legal matters involving workplace harassment, construction, employment, and conflict of interest.

Mr. Olivarez has developed a particular expertise in managing complex internal and external investigations concerning allegations of sexual harassment, conflict of interest, fraud, and misappropriation of public funds. Working with outside state and federal agencies, Mr. Olivarez has worked in partnership with his clients to successfully expose, prosecute, and obtain financial judgements against these bad actors.

Mr. Olivarez has also served as legal counsel to the Surplus Property aka “7-11” committee of his school district clients. In this capacity, Mr. Olivarez advised the committee on the disposition, sale, lease, and transfer of surplus property. Mr. Olivarez also helped to craft the committee’s final report to the governing board on its recommendations.

Mr. Olivarez is a frequent speaker on legal topics concerning ethics and good governance. Most recently, he was a featured speaker at NALEO’s annual conference held in Washington, D.C. for newly elected public officials. Mr. Olivarez delivered a presentation to the attendees entitled “The Top 10 Things to Do to Avoid Getting Indicted.” He gave the same presentation to the Latino Center for Leadership Development in San Antonio, Texas.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Olivarez sits on the White Memorial Medical Center Foundation Board, Homeboy Industries Board of Directors, White Memorial Medical Center Governing Board, and the NALEO Educational Fund Board. Mr. Olivarez is particularly honored to serve on the NALEO Board founded by his grandfather, the late Congressman Edward R. Roybal. He also sits on the Board of Directors of HONOR PAC, an organization supporting Latinx LGBTQ+ candidates for political office.

Mr. Olivarez also frequently supports a number of local non-profit organizations including the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, Mexican-American Bar Association, and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, to name a few. Olivarez is also involved politically on the local, state, and national level, and often holds meet-and-greets and other events with decision and policy makers in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.

Admissions & Associations

  • State Bar of California (1997)
  • President, White Memorial Medical Center Charitable Foundation
  • Board of Directors, NALEO Educational Fund

Honors & Awards

  • “Top 100 Lawyers” – Los Angeles Business Journal
  • “Leaders of Influence: Minority Attorneys” – Los Angeles Business Journal
  • “Southern California Super Lawyers” – Thomson Reuters
  • “Man of the Year” – White Memorial Medical Center Foundation

Related News

July 28, 2022

Rick R. Olivarez Interviewed by Authority Magazine on “5 Things You Need To Create Or Lead A Successful Law Firm”

OMLO’s Founding and Managing Partner Rick R. Olivarez was recently interviewed for the Authority Magazine series “5 Things You Need To Create Or Lead A Successful Law Firm,” which asks... Read More

June 2, 2022

Rick R. Olivarez to Co-Chair Adventist Health White Memorial Medical Center Charitable Foundation Gala

OMLO is pleased to share that Founding and Managing Partner Rick R. Olivarez, an ardent and longtime supporter of the nonprofit White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, will serve... Read More

May 16, 2022

Rick R. Olivarez Named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2022 “Top 100 Lawyers” List

OMLO is pleased to announce that founding and managing partner Rick R. Olivarez has been selected for inclusion in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s inaugural list of “Top 100 Lawyers.”... Read More

January 24, 2022

Rick R. Olivarez Named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2022 “Leaders of Influence: Minority Attorneys”

The firm is pleased to congratulate founding and managing partner Rick R. Olivarez on his inclusion in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Leaders of Influence: Minority Attorneys” list for 2022.... Read More

January 20, 2022

Rick R. Olivarez, Tom Madruga Named to 2022 Southern California “Super Lawyers” List

​​​​OMLO is proud to announce that partners Rick R. Olivarez and Tom Madruga have been named to the 2022 Southern California “Super Lawyers” list by Thomson Reuters. Rick was recognized... Read More

December 6, 2021

Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal Highlights OMLO’s Growth and Success in Firm Profile

The Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal recently published a profile of OMLO entitled “Community Service” which highlights the origins of the firm, the deep ties the firm’s attorneys... Read More

October 21, 2021

Rick R. Olivarez and Stephanie Vasquez Nominated for Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2021 Leaders in Law Awards

OMLO is pleased to announce that Rick R. Olivarez and Stephanie Vasquez have been named among the nominees for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2021 Leaders in Law Awards. Each... Read More

October 13, 2021

Rick R. Olivarez Honors Ambassador Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón at NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Celebration

OMLO Partner Rick R. Olivarez had the honor of helping present the 2021 Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service to Ambassador Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón, Chief of Staff to... Read More

July 12, 2021

OMLO Proudly Sponsors Inaugural CABSE Institute

OMLO is proud to support the California Association of Black School Educators (CABSE), and the many school districts it represents, most recently as a sponsor of the Inaugural CABSE Institute... Read More

February 11, 2021

Rick Olivarez Tapped to Serve on Board of Directors for PCI Media

OMLO is proud to announce that our Managing partner, Rick Olivarez, has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors for PCI Media. PCI Media’s mission is social change... Read More

January 19, 2021

Rick Olivarez Tapped To Serve on Homeboy Industries’ Board of Directors

OMLO is proud to announce that our Managing Partner, Rick Olivarez, has been selected to serve on Homeboy Industries’ Board of Directors. Homeboy is the largest gang rehabilitation and re-entry... Read More

February 6, 2018

Rick Olivarez joins LA Latino Chamber of Commerce

As of January 2018, Rick Olivarez was appointed to the board of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce. The LALCC supports Latino owned businesses in Los Angeles county.... Read More

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