Robert Tomas Olmos
Robert Tomas Olmos
Tomas Olmos is a partner with Allred, Maroko & Goldberg where he specializes in cases involving employment discrimination.
Mr. Olmos has an extensive background in employment discrimination law and civil rights. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley's School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1972, Mr. Olmos began his legal career with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) in Delano, California, where he specialized in employment and civil rights issues.
In 1976 he joined the Western Center on Law and Poverty as senior counsel. There he continued to specialize in employment law and civil rights.
In 1979 Mr. Olmos was hired by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a supervisory trial attorney and in 1987 was appointed Regional Attorney of the Los Angeles district office. As Regional Attorney he was responsible for all litigation in Southern California and Nevada. Under his leadership, the litigation caseload handled by the Los Angeles office ranked among the top EEOC offices.
Mr. Olmos also actively participated as lead counsel in litigating numerous cases, including Brooks, et al/EEOC v. Hilton Casinos Inc. (D.C. Nev. 1989), a four-month jury trial in an age/sex discrimination case that resulted in a $45,000,000 verdict.
From 1991-1995 Mr. Olmos served as Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, one of the largest providers of legal services in the country, handling 33,000 cases per year with an annual budget of $10,000,000.
Mr. Olmos also actively participates in a wide range of bar activities and non-profit organizations. He was a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Board of Trustees (1994 to 1996) and of the 1996 Conference of Delegates of the State Bar of California. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican American Bar Foundation, currently serving as Vice President. Mr. Olmos is also a member of the California Rural Legal Assistance Board of Directors, having been president from 1986 to 1989. In addition, Mr. Olmos was a member of the California Commission on the Future of the Courts from 1992 to 1994.
Currently, he serves as volunteer dean, instructor, and board member of Peoples College of Law (1984 to the present) and on the National Advisory Board of La Raza Law Journal, U.C. Berkeley (1995 to the present).
Mr. Olmos has been named a Southern California "SuperLawyer" by Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine.
Areas of Practice
- Employment Discrimination
- Civil Rights
- University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California - 1972
Honors and Awards
- Southern California SuperLawyer, Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine, 2007 - 2013
- AV Rated (Highest Rating) by Martindale-Hubbell, 1989 - 2013
- Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - 2013
- College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, 2005 - 2013
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Western Center on Law and Poverty, Senior Counsel, 1976 - Present
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Supervisory Trial Attorney, 1979 - Present
- Los Angeles District Office, Regional Attorney, 1987 - Present
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, Board of Trustees, 1994 - 1996
- Mexican American Bar Foundation, Founding Member, Board of Directors
- Mexican American Bar Foundation, Vice President
- California Rural Legal Assistance, Member, Board of Directors
- California Rural Legal Assistance, President, 1986 - 1989
- California Commission on the Future of the Courts, Member, 1992 - 1994
- Peoples College of Law, Board Member, 1984 - Present
- National Advisory Board of La Raza Law Journal, U.C. Berkeley, 1995 - Present
- State Bar of California, 1996 Conference of Delegates
- Peoples College of Law, Instructor
- Peoples College of Law, Volunteer Dean
- College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
Past Employment Positions
- California Rural Legal Assistance in Delano, California
- Legal Aid Foundation, Executive Director, 1991 - 1995