Rick R. Olivarez
Rick R. Olivarez has built one of Southern California’s most successful law firms – Olivarez Madruga Lemieux O’Neill – with over 30 attorneys. He is the firm’s founding and Managing Partner. As a Senior Partner of Vectis DC, Rick brings a unique perspective as the contract city attorney for 4 cities in Los Angeles County and as general counsel to several school districts.
Olivarez has a multi-generational view of California politics as the grandson of the late Congressman Edward Roybal, the first Latino elected to the U.S. Congress from California since the 1880’s and as the son of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress. Rick was recently a featured speaker at the annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointment Officials (NALEO) conference where he presented on ethics and conflict of interest. Olivarez has also presented to Latino Center for Leadership Development on good governance best practices. He is a Board Member and Past President of the White Memorial Hospital Charitable Foundation and former Board Member of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce.
A California native, Rick graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s degree in political science. He received his J.D. from the American University where he served as a member of the school’s nationally ranked clinical law program.