Todd Goluba is the immediate past chair of AALRR's Northern California Education Law Practice Group and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He has 29 years of experience in education law and serves as outside General Counsel to more than 25 school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education throughout Northern and Central California.

Mr. Goluba also specializes as a Chief Labor Negotiator for districts engaged in certificated and classified collective bargaining. In this role, he has guided districts through all phases of the negotiation process from at the table bargaining to impasse and fact-finding and has helped avert near strikes. He is skilled in both interest-based and traditional bargaining, with a demonstrated track record of developing enduring, collaborative, and mutually respectful relationships.

In 2005, Mr. Goluba was elected and served as President of the California Council of School Attorneys.

Honors & Recognitions

California Lawyer Magazine recognized Mr. Goluba with a 2012 “CLAY Award” as an Attorney of the Year for his extraordinary achievement in Education Law. He was singled out for leading a school district’s bargaining team to the first agreement of its kind in California in which student achievement gains were used as one element in determining year-end bonuses for high-performing teachers. 

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Mr. Goluba is known for his entertaining and interactive training sessions on the FRISK Employee Documentation Model, AB 1825 sexual harassment prevention, and board governance issues (“Nightmare on Board Night”). He also regularly trains new and experienced Board members on the Brown Act at the statewide conferences of the Community College League of California (CCLC) and on ethics and compliance with FPPC Form 700 at the CSBA Annual Education Conference. Mr. Goluba’s “Introduction to the Brown Act” video will be featured on the Community College League of California’s website as a training tool for new community college trustees.


Mr. Goluba contributes to the firm’s publications and blogs. His recent publications include:

  • “New California Law Seeks to Protect Student-Athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest,” Sports Litigation Alert (Jan. 2017)
  • “Speech on Campus: What’s the Law?” Daily Journal (Sept. 2016).

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • California Council of School Attorneys, Past President


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
B.A., University of California, Berkeley


  • 1992, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
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