Thomas Madruga is a Senior Partner with Olivarez Madruga Lemieux O’Neill. Mr. Madruga oversees the firm’s litigation practice. His litigation experience includes a broad range of clients and issues and provides a unique ability to proactively counsel and advise private and public clients away from costly litigation. Mr. Madruga has resolved cases through mediation, arbitration, dispositive motions, jury trials and appeals on behalf of clients in employment matters, catastrophic injury matters, product liability, excessive force and police practices, premises liability, discrimination claims, civil rights violations, asbestos exposures, legal malpractice, general liability, construction law, wage and hour class actions, administrative disciplinary matters and appeals and insurance law.
Mr. Madruga also serves as general counsel to several school districts and Assistant City Attorney to municipalities and routinely provides legal advice on administrative and disciplinary personnel matters, grievances, contract and labor negotiations, and representation before the federal state and regulatory agencies, including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Mr. Madruga has an “AV” Attorney Rating from Martindale Hubbell. An “AV” rating is the “highest level of legal ability” and “very high adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence.” The rating is the product of review and evaluation by lawyers and judges with personal knowledge of the skills, ability, and standards of the individual. He has also been selected as a “Super Lawyer” every year since 2007. Mr. Madruga’s trial skills have been recognized by state and national peer groups, bar associations and media outlets.
Mr. Madruga frequently lectures and presents at seminars, associations and law schools. He is also an approved MCLE Provider by the California State Bar.