Bob Luckinbill focuses on counseling in both employment law and litigation. Mr. Luckinbill always seeks to represent his clients in the most efficient way possible, analyzing the desirability and necessity of litigation and exploring informal and formal dispute resolution techniques, when their use is in his client’s best interest.
Mr. Luckinbill advises both high tech and low tech companies and individuals in all aspects of employment law. These include areas such as hiring, employee relations, employee classifications, employee discipline and terminations, leaves, investigations, employment policies and handbooks, wage and hour, and various other areas.
Some recent activities include:
- Advising several “C-Suite” and other company executive clients with respect to proposed employment agreements.
- Counseling clients on issues relating to recent changes in California law regarding employee mandatory arbitration agreements and use of contractors.
- Litigating issues relating to the breakup of a partnership.
- Advising and strategizing with several high ranking employees concerning separation from employment.
Other Professional Activities
In addition to his work as an advocate, Mr. Luckinbill has served as a mediator in a number of matters involving commercial and real estate disputes. He also volunteers his services to the local court system.
Mr. Luckinbill writes regularly on topics relevant to his practice, focusing primarily on issues relating to employment law.
Some recent articles include:
- “Can Track and Field’s Governing Body Ban Female Runners from Competing in the U.S. because of High Testosterone Levels?” 61 Santa Clara L. Rev. 331 (2021), co-authored with former GCA Of Counsel Ron Katz, https://digitalcommons.law.scu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2911&context=lawreview
- Case Against Intersex Runner Is Sprinting to Another Loss, Law360, July 18, 2017, co-authored with former GCA Of Counsel Ron Katz
- “Changing Sex/Gender Roles and Sport,” 28 Stanford Law & Policy Review 215 (2017), co-authored with former GCA Of Counsel Ron Katz, https://law.stanford.edu/stanford-law-policy-review-slpr/slpr-volume-28/#slsnav-issue-2
- ‘Love and Other Drugs’ in Real Life, Law360, April 18, 2011, co-authored with former GCA Senior Counsel Elizabeth Roth
- Wage-and-Hour Challenges in Drug Sales, The Recorder, August 17, 2011, co-authored with former GCA Senior Counsel Elizabeth Roth
Mr. Luckinbill was appointed in June 2021 and re-appointed in August 2023 by the board of directors of USA Table Tennis (USATT) to serve as an Independent Member on the USATT Nominating and Governance Committee. The Committee is responsible for identifying, evaluating and selecting prospective candidates for the USATT Board and recommending to the Board individuals to serve on various committees and task forces.
Mr. Luckinbill served as a member of the Solano County Civil Grand Jury from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. Civil grand juries are expressly called for in the United States and California Constitution. Civil Grand Juries in each California county are investigative bodies and part of the judicial branch of government. The primary function of the Civil Grand Jury are to be a watchdog over local government and to investigate citizen complaints about public agencies and officials.
Mr. Luckinbill was appointed to two terms as a Commissioner on the City of Santa Clara’s Historical & Landmarks Commission. His last term came to an end in October 2015. The Historical & Landmarks Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to historical places and landmarks. This Commission provides advice on the naming and renaming of streets, museums and the establishment thereof in the City, and the marking and preservation of historical landmarks and places.
On November 17, 2015, Mr. Luckinbill was recognized by the City Council of Santa Clara for his years of service to the City.
Mr. Luckinbill has been a committed supporter of community youth sports. From 2000 through 2018, he served as a volunteer coach in the Palo Alto Babe Ruth League. The Babe Ruth program teaches skills, mental and physical development, a respect for the rules of the game, and basic ideals of sportsmanship and fair play.
Before joining GCA Law Partners as a partner in 1995, Mr. Luckinbill was an attorney at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. During that time, he was involved in all aspects of that firm’s employment and commercial litigation practices. In addition, Mr. Luckinbill oversaw all aspects of discovery and fact finding in connection with a successful pro bono prisoner class action lawsuit relating to California’s Pelican Bay State Prison.
Mr. Luckinbill is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as well as the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California. In January 2020, Mr. Luckinbill was admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Luckinbill earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Santa Clara University. He earned his B.A. cum laude in Business Administration from California State University, Stanislaus. Mr. Luckinbill was the Managing Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review, and was named the Best Oral Advocate in the constitutional law competition of the Santa Clara Moot Court Competition.