On November 12, 2011, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Retired Employees Association of Orange County v. County of Orange , rejecting Orange County’s legal arguments for allowing it to take away the health benefits of people who have already retired from county service.  RBG’s Ernest Galvan successfully argued the case before the court for the Orange County retirees.

In an article in the Daily Journal on January 3, 2012, “Governor may find pension reform middle ground in 2012,” Galvan is quoted about the road to public employee pension reform:

“Jerry Brown could represent a moment where reasonable people say, ‘We are not going to tear this system down,” said Galvan, of Rosen, Bien & Galvan, LLP in San Francisco. “Like anything else, there are some problems with this system. But this is an ‘mend it, not end it’ moment.”