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Mr. Luke focuses on complex commercial civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial banking, securities, art law and libel and media matters. An accomplished litigator, he has extensive experience in both trial and appellate actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He joined Jaffe & Asher in 2006 after more than 25 years as a member of Clifford Chance US LLP, formerly Rogers & Wells LLP.
Mr. Luke has extensive experience representing European, Australian, Asian and South American banking institutions on such issues as lender liability, hostile tender offers, electronic funds transfers, letters of credit, trade financing matters, creditor’s rights, foreign bank secrecy laws, corporate reorganizations and other commercial law issues affecting banks. He has a broad experience representing some of the country’s leading news publishers in connection with libel, privacy, access to news sources and related media matters, and he also counsels clients as diverse as foreign governments and popular rock bands on practical legal strategies in major business and commercial disputes.
Mr. Luke received his J.D. degree from Cornell Law School in 1972, and his B.A. degree in English literature from Wesleyan University in 1969, after also attending the University of Exeter in Exeter, England. He is a member of the bar of the State of New York, as well as the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U. S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He is also a member of the New York City Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council.