What We Offer
We have over a hundred years of combined experience helping clients in San Diego and surrounding areas of California with their employment, real estate, business law and estate planning needs.
We have built our reputation on providing individualized services to each of our customers who enlist our legal knowledge. We believe every client in need of a reputable business lawyer, employment attorney, estate planning lawyer, or real estate attorney should always have access to the most honest, dependable and affordable services available in Southern California.
Olins, Riviere, Coates and Bagula is based in San Diego, California and our legal team has the ability to handle legal cases throughout the United States when they are allowed an admission of pro hace vice. This means that if you have a business law matter, real estate matter or employment matter in another state our professional attorneys can provide you the legal services and representation with the permission of the court. Individuals that may be residing in the San Diego, California area but operate businesses or want to purchase property in another state will find the services of a real estate attorney from our firm to be very convenient for all of their legal service needs.
Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our expert attorneys today at (619) 272-4235 or (714) 769-9070 or contact us online.
Attorney Douglas Olins has significant litigation experience as National Labor Relations Board attorney. Over 40 years' experience as a labor and employment law attorney, including extensive experience in labor arbitrations and administrative hearings, contract negotiations, and litigation in state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and Courts of Appeal.
Areas of Practice
- Labor and Employment Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience
Experienced in the arbitration of attorney fee disputes for the San Diego County Bar Association. Extensive arbitration experience in labor arbitrations in discharge, discipline, and contract interpretation issues. AAA arbitrator in wrongful termination, constructive discharge, public policy discharge, breach of contract, resignation for cause, age discrimination, nepotism, and wage claim issues. Attorney in employment and labor matters, including arbitration and negotiation of labor employment agreements in private and public sectors. Arbitration of employment disputes arising under employment contracts, employer personnel procedures, collective bargaining agreements/MOUs, and civil service rules. Arbitrated issues include arbitrability, bargaining unit work assignments, civil rights, concerted activities, contract application/interpretation, discrimination (race/ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual harassment, marital status, religion, disabilities and age), health and safety, insubordination, layoffs, managerial, supervisory and professional employee status, past practice, pay and benefits, promotions, termination and discipline claims, transfers, unfair labor practice claims, wage claims, workers' compensation, and damages. The occupations and industries involved were aerospace, construction, defense, entertainment, financial, food, drug, education, government (state/local/federal), health care/hospital, Indian Gaming Casinos, manufacturing, maritime, mass transit, pharmaceutical, public safety (law enforcement/fire), real estate, schools, software, technical employees, transportation, and utilities.
Admitted to the Bar: Virginia, 1969; California, 1973; U.S. District Court: Southern (1973), Central (1980), and Eastern (1983) Districts of California; U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth (1976) and Federal (1985) Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court, 1979.
American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section);
California State Bar (Labor and Employment Law Section);
San Diego County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section);
Industrial Relations Research Association (San Diego Chapter, Past President and Past Vice President).
Boston University (B.S. Accounting-1966); American University (JD-1969): Nominated to Law Review and President Student Bar Association.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Speaker and author, "California Labor & Employment Law," AVOIDING LAWSUITS FOR WRONGFUL DISCHARGE, National Business Institute, Inc., 1991; contributing author, THE DEVELOPING LABOR LAW, BNA-ABA; speaker and author, STRIKES, BOYCOTTS & PICKETING, Practicing Law Institute.
Founding Partner, Olins & Foerster (and other iterations), 1976-2005; Partner/Attorney, Greer, Popko, Miller & Foerster, 1973-76; Attorney, National Labor Relations Board, Region 21, Los Angeles, 1969-73; Legal Assistant to National Labor Relations Board Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge, 1967-69.
Russell Riviere is a zealous advocate for his clients' business and personal interests. Mr. Riviere earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1996, followed by his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999. That year, Mr. Riviere moved to San Diego, where his practice has since flourished.
Mr. Riviere's diverse professional practice involves all aspects of his clients' businesses, including, but not limited to
Mr. Riviere has also drafted a wide variety of service agreements (including employment agreements and independent contractor agreements). Additionally, Mr. Riviere has a trusts and estates practice, which includes drafting wills and related documents, administering trusts and handling probate matters. Mr. Riviere is committed to protecting financially his clients' families and their assets.
In addition to his transactional experience, Mr. Riviere has extensive experience litigating cases. Mr. Riviere has experience in cases involving employment law (representing employers and employees in discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination cases), business law, securities law, representing individual shareholders in fraud, misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty cases; and representing institutional shareholders in complex class action securities fraud litigation in federal courts throughout the United States.
Areas of Practice
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Trusts and Estates
- Business and Securities Law
- Sexual Harassment
- Wrongful Termination
- State Bar of California, 2000
- State Bar of Connecticut, 2001
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2000
- U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2000
- U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 2001
Judge Robert C. Coates is a longtime leader in San Diego's legal comunity, and in the community at large. After a career as a Trial Lawyer starting in 1971, Coates became a Judge in 1982, and served until formal retirement in January, 2011 when he resumed his Law Practice. He has presided over years of Jury Trials, hundreds of Settlement Conferences, and served in all of the Divisions of the San Diego Superior Court, excepting only probate.
As an attorney, Robert Coates' practice spanned criminal up to and including murder, civil cases involving both State and Federal Courts, and environmental and mining, injury and mental health law. His present firm feaures lawyers, civil litigators, and out-of-court transactional attorneys: an experienced and knowledgeable team.
Judge Robert C. Coates knows his way around the legal world; around the worlds of community and public life; around the worlds of service. He has served as a Rotary Club President, and as Politics President or chair of a dozen legal and community organizations including the County Public Law Library. He currently chairs the Homeless Women Task Force and Rotary's Project, Understanding Climate Change.
He also serves as an Advisor to the Girl's Think Tank and the United Way Commission to End Chronic Homelessness by 2015, and he is active in the Lawyer's Club, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and the California and San Diego County Judges Associations. "Part of being understood, is understanding your audience. That is why trial and jury selection are our focus, with Judge Robert C. Coates as litigation consultant."
To harness Judge Robert C. Coates' talents and experience to help address your opportunities or to resolve your legal or business challenges, you may contact him at:
"Half the time, 90% of this game is mental."
Mark Bagula is a trial lawyer who represents plaintiffs and defendants in many legal areas, focusing primarily on business, real property, and employment litigation. Mr. Bagula is one of the founders of Olins Riviere Coates and Bagula.
Mr. Bagula has seventeen years of litigation experience. Mr. Bagula has obtained favorable results in all types of cases, some of which include
Mr. Bagula zealously represents his clients through all phases of the dispute.
Attorney Mark Bagula believes in the cost efficiencies associated with resolving cases through mediation, and settlement conferences. Although most cases settle before a trial, Mr. Bagula has tried to conclusion more than 65 cases before juries, judges, arbitration panels, and administrative law judges. Mr. Bagula has obtained more than $29 million in settlements, judgments, awards, and verdicts for plaintiff clients. Mr. Bagula has obtained numerous defense verdicts, summary judgments and favorable defense settlements for defendants. Mr. Bagula has resolved cases for defendants well below the claimed damages. In dollar terms, a conservative estimate of what Mr. Bagula has saved defendants over the years equates to more than $26 million (in settlements, judgments, awards, and verdicts).
Mr. Bagula is admitted in all California Courts, and before the Southern, Central, and Eastern Federal District Courts of California. In addition to briefing an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Mr. Bagula has briefed and orally argued appellate cases before both the Second Circuit and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has appeared in the courts of other states with the sponsoring of local counsel.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Bagula is active in the legal community. Mr. Bagula is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and serves as a Trustee on the San Diego County Law Library Justice Foundation. He is likewise active in various social organizations. Mr. Bagula previously served as President of the Democratic Professional Club, and the Mission Valley Rotary Club. He is currently Vice-President of Understanding Climate Change, a non-profit organization, which works with Scripps Institute scientists to educate the local community about climate change.
Mr. Bagula is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He graduated early from both schools.
Areas of Practice
- Trial Practice
- Business Torts and Alter Ego
- Commercial and Corporate Litigation
- Unfair Business Practices
- Employment Litigation
- Business/Real Estate Litigation
- Construction and Construction Defect
- Breach of Contract
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Trade Secrets
- Homeowners Association Disputes
- Unfair Competition
- Medical Business Law
- Shareholder and Partnership Dispute Resolution
- Derivative suits
State Bar of California, 1994
Alternative Dispute Resolution Certification
Certified Mediator, San Diego Mediation Center (1992)
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
- All Superior Courts in California
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- California Court of Appeals, 2nd District
- California Court of Appeals, 4th District
- Past admission (Pro Hac Vice) in the Courts of Massachusetts, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and Vermont.
- University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego
- University of California San Diego
- "Trustees of the Justice System: Quasi-Judicial Activity and the Failure of the 1990 ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct", San Diego Law Review, Volume 31, No. 3.
Lecturer, United States Legal System, The University of California, San Diego
- San Diego County Bar Association, Member
- San Diego County Law Library Justice Foundation, Trustee
- Lambda Alpha International
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Pro Bono Activities
- Past-President, Democratic Professional Club
- Member and Past-President, Mission Valley Rotary Club
- Vice-President, Understanding Climate Change
Attorney Adam Chaikin has over 14 years of experience in a variety of complex litigation areas, including labor and employment, general business, consumer financial and real estate litigation.
Mr. Chaikin regularly represents clients in areas of the law including:
Attorney Adam Chaikin has tried to conclusion more than twenty cases before juries, judges, arbitrators, and administrative law judges. Mr. Chaikin has extensive experience representing public employee associations and labor unions in lawsuits and arbitrations with an emphasis on the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act; the Public Safety Officer Procedural Bill of Rights; the National Labor Relations Act; and the Public Employment Relations Board.
In addition, Mr. Chaikin regularly represents individuals and organizations in complicated business and real estate disputes and has extensive experience with injunctions, attachments, restraining orders and other forms of preliminary relief, motion practice, discovery, trial, appeal, arbitration, mediation, and post-judgment remedies.
Mr. Chaikin graduated from the University of Kansas in 1995 with a B.S. in Journalism. He received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1998, where he graduated magna cum laude.
During law school, Mr. Chaikin was selected for participation on the Southwestern Law Review and received the Judge Barry Russell Federal Bar Association Award for Excellence, four American Jurisprudence Awards, and three California Excellence for the Future Awards.
Mr. Chaikin also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Thomas Schneider of the Los Angeles Superior Court and the Honorable Barry Russell of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.
Areas of PracticeLabor Law
Business/Real Estate Litigation
Breach of Contract
Federal and State civil rights laws
Wage and hour violations
Admitted to State Bar of California on December 1998
Admitted to all California Superior Courts
Admitted to the California Court of Appeal, 3rd District and 4th District
Admitted to the U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California
Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1998
- University of Kansas, B.S., 1995
Attorney Bridget Burns’ practice focuses on all aspects of civil law, including business disputes, employment disputes, HOA disputes, and environmental and mining law. Ms. Burns has experience in alternative dispute resolution. On the corporate transactional side, Ms. Burns has assisted in business planning, corporate liability prevention, and drafting contracts.
Ms. Burns attended New York University School of Law, where in addition to her studies she served as Articles Editor for the Environmental Law Journal and assisted Professor Richard Stewart with his book, “Fuel Cycle to Nowhere: U.S. Law and Policy on Nuclear Waste.” During her time in New York she worked at the United States Attorney’s Office for the South District of New York, Civil Division. In San Diego, Ms. Burns has worked at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. Prior to law school, she attended the University of San Diego on academic scholarship, where she received a degree in Political Science with a minor in English.
Areas of Practice
Real Estate Law
State Bar of California
United States District Court, Southern District of California
New York University School of Law
University of San Diego
Professional Associations and Community Service
Attorney Aminta Raffalovich's practice focuses on civil litigation, including business, employment, labor, and real estate disputes. She recently won her first civil fraud trial!.
Prior to law school, Ms. Raffalovich graduated cum laude from the
University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Environmental
Economics and Policy. She went on to earn a Master's degree in Economics
from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
- Davina Bloom
Natalie Freitas, Office Manager and Paralegal at Olins, Riviere, Coates and Bagula obtained her Paralegal Certificate with Honors from the University of San Diego in 2008 and has been with our firm since inception.
Ms. Freitas is a licensed and bonded Notary Public. She has over 10 years legal experience managing day to day operations, finances, human resources, and played critical roles as an office manager and civil litigation secretary. Prior to entering the legal field, she was a purchasing manager in the manufacturing industry. Natalie runs the day-to-day administrative operations of Olins, Riviere, Coates and Bagula. She directly supervises the firm's technical and legal support teams. She is responsible for coordinating new case assignments and legal support staff resources. Additionally, she manages the office finances, and client and vendor relationships.