Lucas T.

Lucas T. Ritchie

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Luke is a partner in Moye White’s Trial Section and focuses his litigation and trial practice on high-stakes business and securities disputes as well as regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. Luke’s clients have included public companies, private funds and fund managers, investment advisors, and corporate officers, directors, and compliance professionals across various industries. Luke thrives in the heat of highly contentious and complicated disputes involving violations of federal and state securities laws, corporate governance laws, consumer protection laws, fiduciary duties, fraud, and business divorces. And, he is often called on to participate in or lead “joint defense” efforts on behalf of entire management teams and involving some of the most respected law firms and lawyers in the country. Luke has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, NPR’s Marketplace, the Denver Business Journal, the Colorado Sun, and LawWeek Colorado, among other publications and regularly presents on topics related to litigation, enforcement defense, and legal ethics.

Luke is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the U.S. District Courts of Colorado, Eastern District of Louisiana, and Western District of New York, as well as Colorado State Courts. He also practices before federal, state, and private regulatory authorities including the SEC, FINRA, CFP® Board, and state attorneys general.

Luke is Immediate Past Chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s Litigation Section and previously served three consecutive terms as Chair/Co-Chair of the CBA’s Securities Law Subsection. He also sits on the Executive Councils of the CBA’s Litigation and Business Law Sections, as well as on the Boards of several community organizations.

Representative Matters

Represented international manufacturing company and its officers and directors in defending parallel shareholder actions challenging complex merger transaction and claiming millions in damages. Obtained full dismissals of both the putative class-action alleging breaches of fiduciary duties and the parallel “dissenter’s rights” action alleging violations of the Colorado Business Corporations Act. 

Represented commercial real estate developer and its principal in connection with parallel actions brought by Colorado Securities Commissioner and court-appointed receiver alleging securities fraud and various statutory and common law business torts and claiming millions in damages. Obtained agreeable settlement terms and clients’ dismissal with prejudice.

Represented mutual fund’s management and Interested Trustee in defending SEC enforcement proceeding alleging 1940 Act claims - obtained SEC “no action” letter.

Represented mutual fund's former Trustees in defending SEC enforcement proceeding alleging 1940 Act claims - negotiated agreeable settlement terms and administrative order.

Represented municipal funds and former trustees in defending seven consolidated securities class action lawsuits in U.S. District Court.

Represented registered investment advisor and its president in defending SEC enforcement proceeding alleging claims of improper registration and material misstatements - negotiated agreeable settlement terms and administrative order.

Represented brokerage firm in defending customer dispute alleging state and federal securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims - negotiated “walk away” settlement on the eve of FINRA arbitration hearing, which enabled brokerage firm to avoid Central Registration Depository reporting.

Represented defrauded investor in prosecuting claims for securities fraud and other business torts against local promoter of a business scheme - obtained judgment for damages including return of investment, statutory interest and reasonable attorney fees.

Represented local nonprofit entity and its Executive Director in defending against a wrongful termination action filed by a former employee - obtained a full defense verdict.

Represented startup contract carrier operation in contested application proceeding before the PUC - prevailed at hearing and obtained Interim Order and subsequent Commission Order granting requested authority over intervenor’s objection.

Represented a regional vocational college in defending against Title VII racial discrimination claims asserted by a former employee - obtained summary judgment, dismissal of subsequent appeal and denial of subsequent petition for a writ of certiorari

Represented seller of local business in defending against claims brought by potential purchaser and in prosecuting counterclaims and cross-claims against multiple parties - obtained full dismissal after first week of trial.

Represented a local business in the satellite TV industry in prosecuting claims for breach of distribution agreement - obtained six-figure arbitration award.

Represented a regional business in the nutraceutical industry in defending against claims and in prosecuting counterclaims in commercial contract dispute - obtained six-figure jury verdict.

Publications and Articles

What to Expect Regarding Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities
ColoradoBiz, September 21, 2021

Liability Waivers Offer Protection as Businesses Reopen
Law Week Colorado, July 2020

Will Liability Waivers Protect Businesses From COVID-19 Lawsuits?
Marketplace, June 2020

Using Waivers of Liability to Protect Your Business During COVID
Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section Newsletter, May 2020

2 Key 10th Circ. Holdings In Western Union Derivative Suit
Law360, May 2019

Contributing Author
“Evidence in Colorado: A Practical Guide (2019 2nd ed.)”
Colorado Bar Association, April 2019

Contributing Author
“Evidence in Colorado: A Practical Guide (2018 1st ed.)”
Colorado Bar Association, April 2018

Speaking Engagements and Presentations

“Annual Roundtable Discussion with Diversity Bar Leaders”
CBA-CLE, June 5, 2021

“Living and Leading in 2020 and Beyond: Safely Leading Your Partners, Employees, and Clients in the New Covid-19 Normal, and Lessons Learned Over the Last 6 Months. Insights from Denver Thought Leaders”
CBA-CLE Colorado Litigators' Summit, September 25, 2020

“What Business Lawyers Do That Litigators Love”
CBA-CLE Business Law Institute, September 8, 2020

“The Ethics of Working Remotely”
Colorado Bar Association Litigation Section Virtual Program, July 16, 2020

“Introducing Commissioner Chan: A Discussion with Colorado's New Securities Commissioner”
Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section Virtual Program, June 9, 2020

“Ethics on the Silver Screen”
CBA-CLE Ethics 7.0, November 7, 2019

“Knowing Your Audience: Trying Your Case Outside of Metro-Denver”
CBA, CLE Litigators’ Summit, September 27, 2019

“Business Books and Records - Best Practices and Avoiding Litigation Risk”
CBA, CLE Business Law Institute, September 12, 2019

“Legal Ethics On-Screen”
51st Annual Rocky Mountain Securities Conference, May 3, 2019

“Annual Check-In with SEC’s Regional Director, Denver Regional Office”
CBA Securities Law Subsection, CBA/CLE, Financial Services and Securities Lawyers, March 15, 2019

“Maintaining Civility in the Most Heated of Situations”
1st Annual Colorado Litigators Summit, October 26, 2018

“Ethical Issues for Securities Industry Professionals”
50th Annual Rocky Mountain Securities Conference, May 7, 2018

“The Life and Death of an LLC: Formation, Operations, and Dissolution (a Litigator’s Perspective on LLC Divorce)”
CBA, CLE Business Law Institute, September 16, 2016

“Hot Topics for Public Companies in 2016: The General Counsel’s Perspective”
Securities Law Subsection of the CBA Business Law Section, February 16, 2016

“What to Do If the SEC Comes Knocking”
Denver Business Journal - Managing Enterprise Risk for Your Company Series, October 13, 2015

“Civil Litigation for Young Lawyers”
Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2014

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