Lucas Ritchie

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in Denver, CO

Moye White LLP
 | 1400 16th Street, 6th Floor, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-292-2900
Fax: 303-292-4510
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (40%),
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Luke Ritchie focuses his litigation and trial practice on defending owners, officers, and directors in the financial services industry, as well as other businesses and indivuals, in regulatory investigations and complex commercial litigation.  He has substantial lead-counsel experience prosecuting and defending claims involving securities, corporate governance, business "divorce", business torts and fraud, employment, and insurance matters.  Luke has represented his clients before federal and state courts, in arbitration proceedings, and before federal, state, and private regulatory authorities including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority, the Colorado Department of Law (Attorney General), the CO Division of Securities, the CO Public Utilities Commission, and the CO Civil Rights Division and EEOC. 

Luke has twice been elected as the Co-Chair of the Colorado Bar Association's Securities Law Subsection, and sits on the Executive Councils of both the CBA's Litigation Section, and Business Law Section.  Outside of his practice, Luke also sits on the Boards of various community organizations.

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. 


Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Securities Litigation (40%)

Business Litigation (40%)

Civil Litigation (20%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 9 years

Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2017

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About Lucas Ritchie

Admitted: 2004, Colorado

Professional Webpage:


  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Securities Litigation, 2018
  • AV Preeminent* (5.0/5.0) Rating from 2016 to present.  Peer rated in Martindale-Hubbell® for Highest Level of Professional Excellence. *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards., Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Avvo Rating 10 - Superb
  • Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star BusinessLitigation, 2009- 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association, Litigation Section (2013 to present)
  • Co-Chair, Colorado Bar Association, Securities Law Subsection (2015 to present)
  • Member, Denver Bar Association
  • Executive Counsel, Colorado Bar Association, Business Law Section (2015 to present)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Trustee, Board of Trustees, Logan School for Creative Learning (2017 to present)
  • Chair, Trusteeship Committee, The Logan School for Creative Learning (2014 to present)
  • Member, Board of the Colorado Lawyers Committee (2017 to present)
  • Liaison to Colorado Bar Association, WeeCycle (2013 to present)
  • Member, University of Colorado, Rugby (1996 to 1997)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Panelist on Ethical Issues for Securities Industry Professionals

    , Faculty, “Ethical Issues for Securities Industry Professionals”, 50th Annual Rocky Mountain Securities Conference, SEC & CBA/CLE, Securities Law, 2018
  • Moderated Panel Presentation on Maintaining Civility in the Most Heated of Situations.

    , Faculty, "Maintaining Civility in the Most Heated of Situations", 1st Annual Colorado Litigators' Summit, CBA/CLE, 2018
  • Panelist, “Civil Litigation for Young Lawyers” - Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2014
  • Presenter, “What to Do If the SEC Comes Knocking” Denver Business Journal - Managing Enterprise Risk for Your Company Series, October 13, 2015
  • Author, Chapter 10, "Privilege and Disqualification," Evidence in Colorado: A Practical Guide, First Ed. 2018, CBA/CLE, 2018
  • 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
  • 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


  • Represented mutual fund’s Interested and Independent Trustees in defending SEC enforcement proceeding alleging 1940 Act claims - negotiated favorable settlement terms and administrative order, 2016
  • 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, 2014
  • Represented regional vocational college in defending against Title VII racial discrimination claims asserted by former employee – obtained summary judgment, dismissal of subsequent appeal and denial of subsequent petition for a writ of certiorari to the US Supreme Court, 2011
  • 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, 2013
  • Represented national nutraceutical business in defending claims and in prosecuting counterclaims in commercial contract dispute – obtained six-figure jury verdict at trial, 2009
  • Represented seller of regional 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 at trial, 2011
  • Represented defrauded investor in prosecuting claims for securities fraud and other business torts against promoter of business scheme – obtained judgment for damages including return of investment, statutory interest and reasonable attorney fees at trial, 2013
  • Represented mutual fund’s management and Interested Trustee in defending SEC enforcement proceeding alleging 1940 Act claims - obtained SEC “no action” letter, 2017
  • Represented Municipal Fund and its former Trustees in defending seven consolidated securities class action lawsuits currently pending before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2015
  • Represented regional satellite TV business in prosecuting claims for breach of distribution agreement – obtained six-figure award at arbitration, 2008
  • Represented nonprofit entity and its Executive Director in defending against a wrongful termination action filed by a former employee – obtained a full defense verdict at trial, 2012

Educational Background:

  • University of Colorado, B.A., cum laude, Philosophy, Honors: Scholar/Scholarship Recipient, Presidents’ Leadership Class, May 2001

Industry Groups

  • Broker Dealers
  • Employers
  • Fund Directors/Trustees
  • Investment Advisors
  • Officers And Directors
Office Location for Lucas Ritchie

1400 16th Street, 6th Floor
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-292-2900

Fax: 303-292-4510

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Last Updated: 11/14/2018

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