Luke Wake

Attorney Sacramento

Luke Wake is an attorney in PLF’s separation of powers practice group. He litigates cases challenging agency rulemaking decisions as contrary to governing statutes and separation of powers doctrine. In addition, he protects the due process rights of individuals and businesses in challenging improper administrative inspections and other enforcement conduct.

Previously, as a senior staff attorney for the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, Luke worked on a wide breadth of regulatory issues affecting small businesses throughout the country. With this background, he understands and appreciates the challenges regulation poses to entrepreneurs and the need for strategic litigation to hold government agencies accountable to the rule of law.

Luke received his B.A. from Elon University in North Carolina and graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. During law school, he completed a summer externship with Justice Robert Edmunds of the North Carolina Supreme Court. After law school, he completed a two-year fellowship in PLF’s College of Public Interest Law, working on property rights cases.

Luke is licensed in California and the District of Columbia.


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July 14, 2020

The limits of a governor’s emergency powers

Even in a public health emergency, the constitution still matters. That's one lesson we can take from the restraining order issued by a California judge on June 12 halting one of Governor Gavin Newsom's emergency orders. The ruling argued that Newsom's order overstepped his office's authority, infringing upon the legislature's lawmaking powers. The ...