The Hon. Olga Álvarez is a judge for the San Diego County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019. At the time, she filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Leo Valentine (Ret.).
She is a registered Democrat.
Judge Álvarez received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. She went on to earn an M.P.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law (2002).
After graduating from law school, Álvarez began her legal career in private practice. She first joined the Law Offices of Jan Joseph Bejar, where she practiced as an associate for one year. In 2003, she became an associate at Larrabee Albi Coker LLP and in 2005, joined Atkins and Davidson LLP. She practiced as an associate at Achtel Law Firm for four years beginning in 2006 and was of counsel at Sullivan Hill Rez and Engel from 2010 to 2013. At the time of her appointment to the bench, Álvarez was a shareholder at Heisner Álvarez, where she had practiced since 2013.
Álvarez is a certified specialist in estate planning and trust and probate law.
She also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law.
She served as a past president of the Lawyers Club of San Diego from 2017 to 2018 and was co-chair of its Diverse Women’s Committee, Membership Development Committee, and Fiftieth Anniversary Committee.
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