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About Luke Wake

Luke A. Wake is a staff attorney at the NFIB Small Business Legal Center. Wake has particular expertise on environmental and land use issues, and has worked on numerous other constitutional issues and matters of importance to small business owners. He is an ardent defender of private property rights, which he believes are essential to the free enterprise system and the foundation of American liberty. As a strong advocate of individual rights and economic liberties, he has built his career defending small business interests. Since joining the NFIB Legal Center, Wake has focused on a whole host of issues, from employment law matters to regulatory compliance. In addition to serving as a resource for small business owners, Wake remains committed to the Legal Center’s pledge to ensure that the voice of small business is heard in the nation’s courts. As an appellate practitioner, Wake has focused particularly on informing the courts on matters of administrative law and on issues under the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause. He is also working to advance small business interests in law review articles, and was recently published in the Berkeley Journal of Law & Ecology. See R.S. Radford & Luke A. Wake, Deciphering and Extrapolating: Searching for Sense in Penn Central, 38 Ecology L.Q. 731, 746-747 (2011). Before joining the Legal Center’s team, Wake completed a prestigious two-year fellowship as an attorney in the Pacific Legal Foundation’s (PLF) College of Public Interest Law. Wake is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland Ohio, and is a member of the California Bar. He completed his undergraduate studies at Elon University in North Carolina in 2006 where he focused on political theory and corporate communications.

NFIB Legal Center Defends Entrepreneur in 54 Million Dollar Personal Liability Claim

The NFIB Small Business Legal Center recently announced that it was coming to the defense of an entrepreneur in his lawsuit against the federal agency that destroyed his company and then came after his personal assets—despite the fact he was … Continue reading

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Taking the Fight for Fair Compensation to the California Supreme Court

As part of the NFIB Legal Center’s Just Compensation Project, we are stepping up our efforts to defend the right of small business owners to receive full and fair compensation for eminent domain takings. This is a nationwide effort. In … Continue reading

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The Tenth Circuit’s Punt in Kerr v. Hickenlooper Opens the Door for a Torrent of Litigation

In 1992 the people of Colorado voted to amend their Constitution with adoption of a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). This was a historic initiative that put the power in the hands of the people to decide for themselves whether … Continue reading

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The Right to Full and Fair Compensation: Making Sure Small Business Gets a Fair-Shake

Since the Supreme Court’s infamous decision, in Kelo v. New London, there have been some big eminent domain reforms across the country. That was the decision that allowed government to take private property from ordinary homeowners, and small businesses, for … Continue reading

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How the West Was Won: What Does the Brandt Decision Mean for Property Rights?

Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States is a case that any property rights advocate should love—especially if you also happen to be an American history buff. Writing for the majority—which included the entire court, with exception of only Justice Sotomayor—Chief Justice … Continue reading

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NFIB Legal Center Submits Hard-Ball Questions to IRS Over Affordable Care Act Regulations

Yesterday the NFIB Legal Center sent IRS Commissioner Hon. John Koskinen a letter voicing concerns over recently finalized regulations governing employers under the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the letter raised several important questions about the “transition relief” regulations, which IRS … Continue reading

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NFIB Legal Center Dissents in Sarbanes-Oxley Case

This was a disappointing week for small business in the Supreme Court. As we have argued in the past, the heavy-handed and complex requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act were never intended to apply to independent companies. The Act was meant … Continue reading

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Should Antitrust Laws Apply to State and Local Governments Engaged in Anticompetitive Market Conduct?

Occasionally we hear from small business owners who are upset about government affirmatively competing with them for customers. It is certainly a problem if you make a living offering yoga lessons and your town decides to start providing free lessons. … Continue reading

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Predictable Fault-Lines in EPA’s Green House Gas Case: Is a 5-4 Decision in the Works?

This week, in the U.S. Supreme Court, NFIB and various other industry groups took the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to task over its decision to begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from stationary sources (i.e. buildings, and standing structures). Although … Continue reading

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NFIB Legal Explains What the Recess Appointment Case Means for Small Business

Great news from Washington – Virtually all of the commentary on today’s oral arguments in NLRB v. Noel Canning suggests that the Court is inclined to hold President Obama’s 2012 “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board unconstitutional. ABC … Continue reading

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