Roy A. Combs

Roy A. Combs is a partner in the firm’s Oakland office and joined F3 in 2007. He serves as co-chair of the firm's Governance & Leadership Practice Group. Before joining F3, Mr. Combs served as General Counsel and Chief Labor Negotiator with the Oakland Unified School District for nearly 10 years. He brings broad and deep experience in providing legal advice and counsel to school boards, superintendents and school administrators on matters ranging from collective bargaining, labor and employment, personnel, governance, Brown Act, conflict-of-interest, facilities, construction, charter school, risk and litigation matters.

Mr. Combs has represented districts through negotiations, impasse and post impasse proceedings, including strike matters, and has participated in PERB and related proceedings. He is a CTA certified "Trainer of Trainers" in Interest Based Bargaining and has conducted IBB negotiations and trainings for bargaining teams. He is also a certified mediator and an experienced trial lawyer. His early career focused heavily on construction and environmental litigation and trial matters, and he continues to represent firm clients in those areas. Mr. Combs has actively represented school districts in significant impact litigation throughout the State, including Vergara v. State of California (Oakland USD and then ACSA as amicus counsel on appeal), Anaheim City USD v. Ochoa, Doe v. Antioch and the Cal 200 litigation. In addition to trying many cases to verdict, he has also appeared and argued in the California Court of Appeals and in the United States Court Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Combs has practiced law for over 30 years and is admitted to practice in California and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law in Berkeley, California, in 1985, and his double major from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982.

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