Robert I. Lockwood

Partner

Robert I. Lockwood is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. He represents employers of all sizes in California and throughout the United States in all aspects of employment law and related litigation including: complex class, representative and collective actions as well as individual claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unlawful termination, breach of contract, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

He regularly provides advice and counsel on workplace practices, policies, agreements, and conducts workplace trainings and investigations. Mr. Lockwood is also experienced in the traditional labor relations arena, defending against union campaigns and representation petitions, handling grievance arbitration and administrative hearings, responding to unfair labor practice charges, and advising on collective bargaining issues.

Mr. Lockwood has represented some of the nation's largest companies in the financial services, software, pharmaceutical, transportation, manufacturing, agricultural, hospitality, and construction industries. He has also represented some of the nation's most innovative and successful technology startups.

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Lockwood worked at one of the world’s largest corporate defense labor & employment law firms as well as a well-regarded boutique firm in San Francisco focusing on labor & employment defense work.  A former college NCAA Division I athlete, Mr. Lockwood enjoys staying active in his free time playing pick-up sports, running and hiking.

Publications

  • Quoted, Employee Handbooks: A Road to Success, Business Advantage Magazine, May 5, 2014
  • Author, Making Your Company Website More Accessible to the Disabled, Human Resource Executive, Fall 2014
  • Author, Referee Betting Scandal Brings Collective Bargaining and Commissioner Power Back to the Frontcourt in the NBA, 15 Sports Law. J. 137, Spring 2008

Certifications

Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH)

Professional Presentations

  • Speaker, “AB 5: Understanding California’s New Law Governing Worker Classification,” Newfront Insurance (San Francisco, CA, August 2020)
  • Speaker, “The Ever Changing Legal Landscape,” Newfront Insurance (San Francisco, CA, June 2020)
  • Speaker, “New Employment Law Exposures & Considerations Arising From The COVID 19 Pandemic,” Hong Kong Association of Northern California (San Francisco, CA, May 2020)
  • Speaker, “Wage & Hour Dos and Don’ts,” San Francisco Employer Advisory Council (San Francisco, CA, April 2019)
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics and New Developments in California Wage & Hour Law,” San Francisco Employer Advisory Council (San Francisco, CA, November 2018)
  • Speaker, "California Workplace Law Breakfast Series Winter Session: California Workplace Law Update," Presented by Jackson Lewis P.C. (Santa Clara, CA and San Francisco, CA, December 2017)
  • Speaker, "The New Normal: An Update on Current Wage & Hour Law Exposures & Trends," Aon Risk Solutions (San Francisco, CA and Stanford, CA, October 2017)
  • Speaker, "Insurance in Employment Law," Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) (San Francisco, CA, September 2016)
  • Moderator, "Successfully Navigating the Tripartite Relationship Between Insurers, Insureds and Defense Counsel," Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS), Northern California Chapter (San Francisco, CA, May 2016)
  • Speaker, "Executive Webinar I: Employment Law Update," California Association of Community Managers (Irvine, CA, July 2015)
  • Speaker, "Webinar: Employment Discrimination & Retaliation: Insuring, Managing, and Preventing Claims," Travelers Insurance (San Francisco, CA, July 2014)

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
    • District of Columbia
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California

Admissions

State Bar Admissions
  • California
  • District of Columbia

United States District Courts
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

Associations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, California Lawyers Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor & Employment Law Section, Former Legal Ethics Committee Member
  • Nominated Defense Counsel Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Member and Former Steering Committee Member, Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS), Northern California Chapter

Awards & Honors

  • Tulane University Law School Samuel Lang Award of Excellence in Labor Law, 2007
  • CALI Awards for Highest Grades in Labor Law and Professional Responsibility

Education

Tulane University Law School

Juris Doctor, Sports Law Certificate, 2008

Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Certificate of Advanced Study in Mediation and Dispute Resolution, 2007

University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 2005

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