Olson Remcho is the leading political and government law firm in California. The firm was founded in 2020 by the merger of Olson Hagel & Fishburn and Remcho, Johansen & Purcell – two of the most powerful and respected political law firms in the state.
Clients of Olson Remcho have a team of attorneys with an unmatched depth of experience and expertise in elections, campaign finance, ethics, constitutional, government and public policy law.
With offices in Sacramento, Oakland and Long Beach, Olson Remcho attorneys advise government agencies, nonprofit organizations, labor unions, businesses, ballot measure committees, lobbyists, candidates, public officials, and political action committees regarding their participation in elections and government decision-making at the federal, state, and local levels.
Among numerous other clients, the firm represents the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly, the Senate President pro Tempore, the California Democratic Party, dozens of labor organizations, and members of the California Congressional Delegation.
For the past four decades, Olson Remcho attorneys have played a part in many of the consequential statewide and local measures appearing on the ballot. They have drafted groundbreaking initiatives on campaign finance, gun safety, marijuana legalization, stem cell research, privacy, soda taxes, and public-school funding, to name just a few. Olson Remcho attorneys were the principal drafters of Proposition 34, the measure that is currently the framework for California’s campaign finance law, as well as many of its amendments. Lawyers from both firms regularly advise candidates, committees and donors on the requirements of the California Political Reform Act, as well as the Federal Election Campaign Act.
The firm’s attorneys have 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. Olson Remcho attorneys routinely represent candidates and committees in fast-moving election litigation, including ballot designation, ballot pamphlet litigation, candidate qualification, and post-election contests and recounts.
Olson Remcho 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 conflicts of interest, 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.