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Moye White
June 18, 2018

Lucas T. Ritchie


Luke focuses his litigation and trial practice on representing financial services clients and other companies and individuals in regulatory investigations and complex commercial litigation. His experience includes prosecuting and defending claims involving:

  • securities,
  • corporate governance,
  • business “divorce,”
  • business torts and fraud,
  • employment, and
  • insurance matters.

Over the last 13 years, Luke gained valuable lead-counsel experience representing businesses, investment companies, board of directors, and individuals before federal and state courts, in private arbitration proceedings, and before federal, state, and private regulatory authorities including:

  • Securities and Exchange Commission,
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority,
  • Colorado Department of Law,
  • Colorado Public Utilities Commission,
  • Colorado Civil Rights Division and EEOC, and
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Additionally, Luke is currently serving his second term as Co-Chair of the Securities Law Subsection of the Colorado Bar Association, first term as Secretary of the Executive Council of the CBA’s Litigation Section, as well as acting as a Board Director or Trustee for several community-based organizations.

Representative Matters:

  • 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.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • Author, Chapter 10, "Privilege and Disqualification," Evidence in Colorado: A Practical Guide, First Edition, 2018
  • Panelist “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
  • Moderator, “Hot Topics for Public Companies in 2016: The General Counsel’s Perspective” - Securities Law Subsection of the CBA Business Law Section, February 16, 2016
  • Presenter, “What to Do If the SEC Comes Knocking” Denver Business Journal - Managing Enterprise Risk for Your Company Series, October 13, 2015
  • Panelist, “Civil Litigation for Young Lawyers” - Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2014



Areas of concentration

Commercial Litigation
Employment Litigation
Insurance Litigation
Securities Litigation/
   Enforcement Defense

Education and credentials

University of Denver, J.D.
University of Colorado, B.A.,
   cum laude, Presidents’
   Leadership Class, Scholar
University of Colorado
   Rugby Team, Member
American Jurisprudence
   Awards, Administrative Law,
   Hazardous Wastes and
   Toxic Torts, Natural
   Resources Law
Avvo Rating 10 - Superb
Colorado Super Lawyers,
   Securities Litigation,
Colorado Super Lawyers

   Rising Star Business
   Litigation, 2009- 2017
Martindale-Hubbell Rating:

  AV® Preeminent™ (highest)


Colorado Bar Association,
   Business Law Section,
   Executive Council;
   Litigation Section,
   Executive Council;
   Securities Law
   Subsection, Co-Chair
Denver Bar Association
The Colorado Lawyers
   Committee Board of
   Directors, Director
The Logan School for
   Creative Learning’s
   Board of Trustees,
U.S. District Court, District
   of Colorado, Faculty of
   Federal Advocates
WeeCycle Colorado, Liaison
   to Colorado Bar


U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals,
  Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Courts, District of: 
  Eastern District of Louisiana,
  Western District of New York