Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Charles let his imagination fly. Years later, Charles’ life is still soaring - literally and figuratively - as an accomplished pilot, musician, chair of Moye White’s Intellectual Property Group, and co-chair of its Law Practice Professionals Group.
A tenacious advocate, Charles counsels clients of every size on trademarks, copyrights, computer technology, Internet law, licensing, contracts, and other areas of intellectual property.
Merging passions for music, theatre, technology, literature, and law, Charles is uniquely suited to help technology companies, artists, and entertainers protect and defend their technology and artistic assets. While still in law school, his article, “Look What They’ve Done to My Song!,” an analysis of the Copyright Act’s compulsory license for audio recordings from a composer’s point of view, won ASCAP’s copyright law writing competition at the University of Oregon. The same year, “Scuttling the Air Pirates: Theories of Pay Television Signal Theft Liability,” became the first published comprehensive analysis of legal remedies available for the misappropriation of cable and satellite television transmissions.
Years and dozens of publication credits later, Charles continues to mix legal insight and humor in pieces for The Colorado Lawyer, such as “Spam and Cookies: How to Avoid Indigestion While Binging at the World Wide Automat” and “The Matrix Unloaded: Coping with Computer Spyware.”
Charles is also a recognized authority in the “law of lawyering,” and expert witness in legal ethics. With more than 36 years of experience, he advises and assists both attorneys and law firms with risk and law firm management strategies, professional responsibility issues, client relationships, and ethics issues arising in litigation. A frequent lecturer and author on legal ethics, Charles provides creative counsel on:
- law firm formation;
- mergers and dissolutions;
- business structure;
- client issues;
- bar admissions;
- hiring scenarios;
- malpractice standards;
- partnership disputes; and
- risk management assessments to ensure compliance and enhance profitability.
Combining his interests in technology and the law of lawyering, in the 1990’s Charles launched Charles Luce on Legal Ethics and the Practice of Law, the first website devoted to Colorado legal ethics, now hosted at ColoradoLegalEthics.com.
When not working, Charles may be found piloting his 1964 Cessna Skylane through the Rockies, courtside at University of Colorado women’s basketball games, researching Colorado’s early aviation history, or playing half a dozen musical instruments. Together with his wife and three daughters, he supports three dogs, four lovebirds, and an African grey parrot named “Sherlock“ at their home in rural east Boulder County. Charles enjoys playing and listening to jazz and classical music, and the works of Charles Dickens, Jasper Fforde, Kurt Vonnegut, and Bill Bryson.
Publications and Articles
Charles F. Luce, Jr. on Legal Ethics and the Practice of Law blog
"Ethics Rule Change Proves Divisive,"
Law Week Colorado, October 2017
"Cheezo Unit Prompts Potential Rules Change,"
Law Week Colorado, September 2017.
"The Return of Cheezo,"
Law Week Colorado, February 2017.
"Making Molehills Out of Mountains,"
Law Week Colorado, March 2016.
"The Biggest Social Media Mistakes Made by Lawyers,"
Law Week Colorado, September 2015.
"Would You Like Some Garnish on that Retainer?"
Law Week Colorado, October 2014.
"Marijuana Companies Try to Protect the Intellectual Property of Their Pot Brands,"
Mainstreet.com, March 2014
"Make sure you know when (and how) to fire a client,"
Denver Business Journal, July 2013
"5 Tips for Lawyers Representing Lawyers,"
Law360.com, June 2013
"How to avoid copyright infringement,"
Bankrate.com, February 2013
“Law of Lawyering: A Burgeoning Field,“
Law Week Colorado, February 2013
“What the Matter with Metadata?”
Colorado Bar Association, 36 The Colorado Lawyer 113, November 2007
“The Matrix Unloaded: Coping with Computer Spyware,“
34 The Colorado Lawyer 125, September 2005
“Internet Privacy: Spam and Cookies - How to Avoid Indigestion While Binging at the World Wide Automat,“
Colorado Bar Association, 27 The Colorado Lawyer, October 1998
Speaking Engagements and Presentations
“Ethics of Social Media” for CLE in Colorado program entitled “Hanging Your Shingle: Your Future Begins Now,”
“Cloud-y, with a Chance of Data Leakage: Practical Advice for Protecting Client Data and Your License”
for CLE in Colorado's Real Estate Symposium, July 2014
"Ethics and Technology: Hot Mouse Button Issues,"
CLE in Colorado, April 2014
"Ethics: Staying out of Trouble" for CLE International program entitled "Public Financing: The Next Generation in Colorado,"
"Ethics and the Use of Technology in a Transactional Practice - Social Media, Cloud Computing, Email, Protecting Client Data" for Colorado Bar Association CLE live program and webcast entitled "Preventing Legal Malpractice 2014,"
"Ethics and Social Media: What Attorneys Need to Know,"
NBI Seminar, December 2013
"Legal Ethics for Paralegals: The Impact of Social Media,"
NBI Audio Webinar, December 2013
"Prospective Clients: Avoiding the Rule 1.18 Trap" for CLE International program entitled "ETHICS: Keeping Up in Changing Times,"
“Professional Liability with the Use of Social Media” for CLE in Colorado program entitled “Preventing Legal Malpractice 2013: Protecting Yourself and Your Clients,”
“Hot Intellectual Property Issues for the Business Law Attorney”
for CLE in Colorado’s Business Law Institute, November 2009