Thomas Madruga
Partner
Olivarez Madruga Lemieux O’Neill

Thomas Madruga is widely considered to be one California’s preeminent litigators, with his trial skills having been recognized by state and national peer groups, bar associations, and media outlets. He oversees the firm’s entire litigation practice; serves as trial counsel in a variety of complex matters relating to employment, torts, civil rights, excessive force matters for cities and school districts; and also serves general counsel to several school districts in Southern California. Madruga recently served as lead counsel for California School Risk Management and Ventura County School Self-Funding Authority, (which include the representation of 49 separate school districts in Southern California) in the landmark case of Martinez v. Gavin Newsom et al, a class action brought in the US Federal District Court, Central District against the Governor, the CDE, and the districts in California regarding COVID closures. Madruga represented was successful in having the case dismissed by the District Court. 


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