W. Robert Phibbs,
Attorney at Law
Phibbs has been an attorney representing public employees since
April 1987. This
experience has carried him throughout Northern and Central
California, the Bay Area and Northern
is a native of Northern California, having grown up in Shasta
County. It was there that he first entered public employment in the
field of law enforcement with the Shasta College Police
Department. Two years
later, Bob enlisted in the US Army were he served two tours in
Vietnam as a Military Police K-9 Handler and Vietnamese Language
an honorable discharge, Bob returned to civilian law enforcement in
1972 with the Tuolumne County Sheriffs Office. In 1975, Bob moved to
the Yolo County Sheriffs Office where he worked until a serious
injury forced his retirement in 1987.
While with Yolo County, Bob served repeated terms as
the President of his Deputy Sheriffs Association followed by
terms as Vice President.
It was there that he began to develop his knowledge and
skills as a successful advocate and negotiator for both public
safety and essential service employees.
is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of
Law. He was admitted to
the California Bar in 1986.
Upon his retirement from public service in 1987, he
established his own law practice, where for ten years, he dedicated
his work exclusively to the representation of public employee
organizations. Over the
following eight years, Bob gained valuable experience representing
public as well as private employees and employers throughout
California and Nevada.
In July 2005, Bob reestablished his own law
While much of Bob’s historical background comes from
law enforcement, considerable experience and expertise has been
developed representing “non-safety” employees. Bob has coined the term of
Essential Services Employees to define the city and county employees
who directly and indirectly impact the delivery of services and
quality of life of the citizens of the communities they serve. Bob has developed a high
level of knowledge in representing these diverse organizations in
collective bargaining with public employers.
maintained his active involvement in the law enforcement
community. He is an
active member in the Retired Peace Officers Association of
California and the PORAC Valley Chapter. While the DSA President of
Yolo County, Bob was actively involved in lobbying for A.B. 301 and
was present when Governor Brown signed this historic legislation
known now as the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of
Rights. Many preach it
and some teach it, but Bob has lived it.
is designated as a Panel Attorney for the PORAC Legal Defense
Law Office of W. Robert Phibbs provides a full range of services to
both Essential Service and Public Safety employee
includes the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements using
traditional positional bargaining, interest based bargaining and a
hybrid of the two methods, representation of organizations and
individuals in grievance proceedings, pre-discipline
interrogations/internal affairs investigations, Skelly response
meetings, disciplinary appeals including local binding/non-binding
arbitration and hearings before the State Personnel Board and the
Public Employment Relations Board.