Olson Remcho LLP announced today that Richard Rios has been named Managing Partner of the firm. Karen Getman, who has served as the firm’s first managing partner, will continue her practice in the firm’s Oakland and Sacramento offices. Andrew Werbrock will also join the firm’s Executive Committee.
Olson Remcho was created in 2020 with the merger of California’s two leading political and government law firms – Olson, Hagel & Fishburn (“OHF”) and Remcho, Johansen & Purcell (“RJP”). With 22 lawyers in offices in Sacramento, Oakland and Long Beach, the firm is a political powerhouse in California. Among numerous other clients, Olson Remcho represents the Governor, the Senate President pro Tempore, the California Democratic Party, dozens of labor organizations, and several members of the California Congressional Delegation.t
“Richard is a tremendous lawyer with strong management skills, who has deep experience in California politics,” said Getman. “He will make this transition a seamless one.”
“Karen has done an amazing job as the Firm’s inaugural managing partner,” said Rios. “We’ve had tremendous success thus far under her leadership and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues – some of the top political attorneys in California – to build on this success.”
For the past four decades, Olson Remcho attorneys have played a part in most of the important statewide and local measures to appear on the ballot. They have also litigated some of the most important constitutional, ballot measure, campaign finance, education finance, and election law cases in California. Their winning litigation track record includes successfully challenging campaign finance laws, defending the state’s redistricting plans, initiating and defending against legal challenges to high-profile state and local initiatives, and securing billions in funding for public schools. Firm attorneys routinely represent candidates and committees in fast-moving election litigation, including ballot designation, ballot pamphlet litigation, candidate qualification, and post-election contests.
Olson Remcho also offers a robust government law practice, including litigation, internal investigations, legislative interpretation and drafting, advice on complex statutory interpretation and constitutional issues, and advice on election matters, conflicts of interest, and open meeting and public record laws. In addition, the firm provides legal advice, representation and consulting services to non-profit organizations and to California’s state and local public retirement systems.