2015 News

October 15, 2015

Partner Richard Rios in the news regarding FPPC independent expenditure regulation

Olson, Hagel & Fishburn LLP partner, Richard Rios, was recently quoted in several news stories regarding the FPPC's efforts to tighten the rules regulating third party independent spending on behalf of candidates. Ever since California imposed contribution limits on state candidates in 2000, the level of independent expenditures, which are not subject to contribution limits, has increased. Recently the FPPC noticed for adoption new regulations to make certain the third party spending is in fact independent. Rios proposed modifications to the proposed regulations, incorporated into the proposed draft, which clarified how the new rules would work. The FPPC ultimately adopted the new regulations.


october 12, 2015

Sacramento Firm Endorses Long Beach Outpost

With the 2016 election season quickly approaching, Sacramento political law firm Olson Hagel & Fishburn has opened an office in Long Beach to capitalize on an expected spike in demand.

Olson Hagel took over the office of California Political Law Inc. on Oct. 1 and hired its former president, Betty Ann Downing, as a senior attorney.

"We had been planning this for the better part of two years," said Richard Rios, who's now heading up the local office. "But it's not a coincidence that we're opening in October of an odd year. We think there is going to be a historic number of ballot measures on the ballot in 2016. …We're hoping we can get a strong foothold in the Southern California market."

Rios said he'll divide his time between the new office and Sacramento. For now, Downing will be the only attorney based full time in Long Beach. The firm has 11 lawyers, including Downing, but that might soon increase.

"We're going to see how this rolls out going forward," Rios said. "If we're able to achieve the growth like we think we will, then we will be looking to grow the attorney capacity."

Olson Hagel, founded in 1977, advises clients on campaign finance laws, conflicts of interest, ethics and lobbying laws among other political practice areas.

"In Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, there are so many jurisdictions and so many elections in all different municipalities," Rios said. "So we thought there was definitely a need for an additional service provider."


July 19, 2015

Senior partner Lance Olson named 2015 Northern California Super Lawyer

Lance Olson, senior partner at Olson, Hagel & Fishburn, has been named by Super Lawyers Magazine a "top" attorney in Northern California, designating Olson as a "Super Lawyer" in his field of Legislative and Government Affairs. Olson, who founded the firm in 1977, has specialized in recent years to drafting legislation, particularly initiatives and ballot measures which routinely appear on California's local and statewide ballots. Olson drafted Proposition 34 at the request of the Legislature, the comprehensive campaign finance reform measure adopted by the voters in November 2000. In 2010 he drafted the successful Proposition 25 promoted by labor unions and the Democratic Party which reduced the Legislative vote requirement to pass a budget in California from 2/3rds to a majority. Olson also drafted Proposition 28, modifying Legislative term limits, adopted by voters in 2012.


july 17, 2015

Senior Partner Lance Olson quoted in article criticizing newly filed Pension Initiative aimed at retirement benefits for public employees

The online publication, Capital and Main, which covers contemporary economic and social issues within California, recently published an article, entitled "Measure of Deception," regarding the newly filed Pension Initiative authored by former Mayors Charles Reed (San Jose) and Carl Demaio (San Diego). The initiative takes aim at the compensation and retirement benefits for public employees. Olson, who represents Californians for Retirement Security, a coalition of public employee labor organizations, took issue with the initiative. Olson is quoted in the article regarding the proponents claims the initiative would not affect current government workers: "Either they haven't been truthful about their own initiative or they don't understand their own initiative."

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june 9, 2015

Richard Rios, partner at Olson, Hagel & Fishburn, receives shout out from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, gave the high school commencement address at the Yucaipa High School where OHF partner Richard Rios graduated in 1990. During his speech Superintendent Torlakson noted that Richard, a former Yucaipa graduate, was his first staff person he hired when Torlakson was elected to the State Assembly. Torlakson told the students how Richard went on to become a senior staffer to the Speaker of the Assembly before attending law school and later joining a "prestigious law firm" where he later became a partner.

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may 27, 2015

Olson, Hagel & Fishburn Managing Partner Featured in CSBA Webinar on School Funding Adequacy

The California School Boards Association, a litigation client of Olson, Hagel & Fishburn, recently sponsored a webinar on the adequacy of school funding in California. OHF managing partner Deborah Caplan, who serves as lead counsel in CSBA's lawsuit against the State of California challenging the adequacy of public school funding, was featured in the webinar. In the webinar Caplan discusses the theory behind CSBA's constitutional challenge to school funding in a major case known as Robles-Wong v. California. That case is now pending before the First District Court of Appeal.


april 6, 2015

Senior partner, Lance Olson, quoted in LA Times article regarding major Republican donor

The Los Angeles Times has published a comprehensive background article on Republican major donor Charles Munger. The article pointed out that the Democrats have filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission alleging violations of campaign finance rules resulting from Munger's 2014 election expenditures. Olson, Hagel & Fishburn senior partner Lance Olson, who assisted in drafting the complaint, is quoted in the article. An excerpt from the article notes "The scale of Munger's spending has drawn scorn from adversaries. The state Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating Democrats' allegations that Munger skirted donation limits last year by funneling money through the state party to favored candidates. "There's a lot of smoke there," said Lance Olson, a Democratic Party lawyer."

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february 14, 2015

Olson Hagel & Fishburn Sponsors 12th Annual Valentine Run to Support Legal Services of Northern California

Olson Hagel & Fishburn was a proud sponsor of the 12th Annual Valentine Run to raise money for Legal Services of Northern California. In addition to being a Bronze Heart sponsor, the firm sent a team of 11 individuals to run in this year's event. Through special programs and advocacy, Legal Services of Northern California supports over 500,000 under-represented citizens in 23 counties in Northern California, helping the poor achieve justice and stability by challenging the causes and effects of poverty in our communities.

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february 6, 2015

Olson Hagel & Fishburn Article "New Campaign Finance Laws in Place for 2015 Elections" appears in PORAC Law Enforcement News Magazine

Diane Fishburn, former partner and now of-counsel, and associate Emily Andrews recently published an article titled "New Campaign Finance Laws in Place for 2015 Elections" in the January 2015 edition of the Peace Officers Research Association of California ("PORAC") Law News magazine. The article discusses changes to state campaign reporting laws that now require nonprofit organizations, such as law enforcement associations, to follow the same reporting requirements for major donors provided total annual contributions made from the organization's general fund are between $10,000 and $50,000 in a calendar year (and no more than $50,000 in a 12-month period).