The Services We Provide
Appellate law focuses on reviewing the case after it has been decided in the trial court, either a Superior Court in California or the United States District Court. Appellate courts do not re-try your case, but assess whether the trial court committed error in handling the case. The appellate courts in California are the Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. At the federal level in California, the appellate courts are the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Robert Lucas Law is admitted to and has appeared in all these courts.
A writ requests a higher court, at its discretion, to direct a lower court or a government official to take some kind of action. In a trial, a party may usually appeal a case only once, but can file multiple writs while the case is in the trial court to ask a trial court to correct an error before the case is over.
Writs also include administrative writs that ask a court to review the final decision of an administrative agency such as a local public agency, board or commission.
Most writs require advanced legal knowledge and involve detailed procedures. Robert Lucas Law has prepared and handled numerous traditional and administrative writs.
Law & Motion
Most civil actions involve several pre-trial motions. Motions range from seeking preliminary injunctive relief to requesting discovery sanctions to requesting dismissal or summary judgment to asking the the trail court to reverse a judgment. Many civil cases are decided on the merits by motions rather than by trial.
While some motions are handled orally, most involve briefing, which includes requesting the court for a hearing date, preparing written papers setting forth the facts, law and order requested, and attending oral argument. Robert Lucas Law can associate into the case handled by your trial counsel to prepare and oppose any motion.
Professional, Business and Commercial Liability
Robert Lucas Law represents both individuals and business in a wide variety of liability matters including professional negligence such as legal or accountant malpractice, business disputes, product liability and premises liability action in both state and federal court.
Employment law is a broad and complex area of practice impacting every aspect of the employer and employee relationship. Robert Lucas Law represents both employees and employers in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals on matters ranging from wage and hour disputes, discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination.
Litigation is not limited to courts. Frequently, disputes arise between individuals and businesses with the government that are adjudicated in by an administrative law judge in an administrative hearing. These hearings range for employee discipline appeals before local civil service commissions and the State Personnel Board to license discipline and revocation proceedings for a myriad of licensed occupations. Robert Lucas Law has extensive experience representing clients before civil service commissions, the State Personnel Board, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and the State Bar Court. Robert Lucas Law also has substantial experience challenging administrative decisions in the courts by way of administrative writ proceedings.
Public Sector Labor Relations
Public sector labor relations involves the management of relations between union and public agency, including the representation process, collective bargaining, protected employee activity and rights, collective bargaining agreement enforcement, and unfair labor practices.
Robert Lucas Law works in conjunction with public employee unions to enforce the laws governing California public sector labor relations, which are usually enforced by the California Public Employment Relations Board.
Public Sector Employment Law
Public sector employment differs significantly from private employment and is governed by civil service laws. Robert Lucas Law has significant experience in representing public employees enforcing their privacy and first amendment rights, defending themselves against discipline and discharge, and seeking to protect their pension and retirement rights.
Workplace Training & Investigations
Robert Lucas Law conducts workplace investigations on behalf of employers facing employee claims of discrimination and retaliation, harassment, failure to reasonably accommodate, workplace violence and whistleblower retaliation. We also provide harassment and discrimination prevention seminars to educate managers and employees and comply with legal training requirements.