Lucas T. 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 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (50%),
  • Business Litigation (50%)
Attorney Profile

Luke Ritchie is a partner at Moye White and 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 federal and state securities laws, fraud, corporate governance, business torts, and business "divorce." Luke has extensive experience representing businesses, investment companies, boards of directors, and individuals before federal and state courts, in private arbitration proceedings, and before federal, state, and private regulatory authorities including the SEC, FINRA, and state attorneys general.

Luke currently Chairs the Colorado Bar Association's Litigation Section and the CBA's Securities Law Subsection. He also sits on the Executive Council of the CBA's Business Law Section, on the CBA's Board of Governors, and 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 (50%)

Business Litigation (50%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 9 years

Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2017

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About Lucas Ritchie

Admitted: 2004, Colorado

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Colorado Bar Association's Board of Governors, 2019
  • Chair, Colorado Bar Association's Litigation Section, 2019
  • Vice-Chair, Colorado Bar Association, Litigation Section (2018), 2018
  • Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association, Litigation Section (2013 to present), 2019
  • Co-Chair, Colorado Bar Association, Securities Law Subsection (2015 to present), 2019
  • Executive Counsel, Colorado Bar Association, Business Law Section (2015 to present), 2019

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:

  • CBA, CLE Business Law Institute, September 12, 2019, Presenter, Business Books and Records - Best Practices and Avoiding Litigation Risk, CBA, CLE Business Law Institute, Attorneys, 2019
  • Moderated Q&A-styled presentation with DRO Regional Director, Kurt Gottschall, geared towards transactional, compliance, and enforcement defense practitioners.  The presentation covered Regional Director Kurt Gottschall's views on the priorities and focus of both OCIE and the Division of Enforcement, and highlighted recent developments in the federal securities law and impacts on the SEC and the Securities Subsection's members' practices, Moderator, CBA Securities Law Subsection Check-In with SEC Regional Director, CBA/CLE, Financial Services, Securities Lawyers., 2019
  • CBA, CLE Litigators’ Summit, September 27, 2019, Moderator, Knowing Your Audience: Trying Your Case Outside of Metro-Denver, Colorado Bar Association, CLE Litigators' Summit, Attorneys, 2019
  • Presented on panel highlighting unique professional and ethical issues faced by lawyers in the securities industry., Panelist, Rocky Mountain Securities Conference, Ethical Issues for Securities Industry Professionals, SEC & CBA/CLE, Financial Institutions, Publicly Traded Companies, Securities, 2019
  • Colorado Evidence Handbook is a user-friendly, reliable reference that will answer all of your evidentiary questions! Written by Victoria Swanson, one of Colorado's leading trial attorneys and former president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, this book contains comprehensive analysis of the Colorado and Federal Rules of Evidence, with more than 1,100 case citations and dozens of practice pointers. It will help attorneys prepare a case for trial and quickly find the point needed for a motion in limine. During trial, this book will help attorneys quickly find the controlling point of law on an evidentiary issue. This book contains discussions about the Colorado Rules of Evidence, the relationships between different rules (and between the rules and statutes), and how the Colorado rules compare to the federal rules.  , Contributing Author, Evidence in Colorado: A Practical Guide (2018 1st ed.), Colorado Bar Association, 2018
  • Tenth Circuit Issues Precedential Opinion Affirming Rigorous Nature of Judicial Review of Demand Futility Allegations in High-Profile Shareholder-Derivative Action. The decision is welcome news for companies and corporate boards, as it shows courts will generally force shareholders to pursue their complaints through proper corporate channels, rather than proceeding with expensive litigation in court., Co-author, Tenth Circuit Issues Precedential Opinion Affirming Rigorous Nature of Judicial Review of Demand Futility Allegations In High-Profile Shareholder-Derivative Action, Law360, 2019
  • Presented on panel highlighted the unique ethical issues faced by securities lawyers and securities industry professionals, and recent developments in the law impacting the same, Panelist, Rocky Mountain Securities Conference, Ethical Issues for Securities Industry Professionals, SEC & CBA/CLE, Securities Bar And Securities Professionals, 2018
  • Moderated presentation by the State's top trial lawyers and trial judges on the best practices for maintaining professionalism and civility in highly adversarial situations, Moderator, Colorado Litigators' Summit, "Maintaining Civility in the Most Heated of Situations", CBA/CLE, Colorado Legal Professionals, 2018
  • Authored chapter on Privilege and Disqualification for publication in Evidence in Colorado: A Practical Guide, Author, "Privilege and Disqualification," Evidence in Colorado: A Practical Guide, First Ed. 2018, CBA/CLE, State Legal Professionals, 2018
  • Presented litigator's perspective on panel discussion regarding the formation, operations, and dissolution of Limited Liabiliyt Companies under Colorado Law, Panelist, The Life and Death of an LLC: Formation, Operations, and Dissolution (a Litigator’s Perspective on LLC Divorce), CBA/CLE Business Law Institute, State Legal Professionals, 2016
  • Moderated presentation by group of experienced General Counsel on their views of the challenges and risks faced by public companies in 2016 and 2017, Moderator, Hot Topics for Public Companies in 2016: The General Counsel’s Perspective, CBA/CLE, Publicly Traded Companies, 2016
  • Presented on best practices for risk mitigation and triage when faced by an SEC examination or private investigation, Panelist, What to Do If the SEC Comes Knocking, Denver Business Journal - Managing Enterprise Risk for Your Company, Business, 2015
  • Civil Litigation for Young Lawyers, Panelist, Civil Litigation for Young Lawyers, DBA YLD, Civil Litigators, 2014


  • Represented mutual fund’s management and Interested Trustee in defending SEC enforcement proceeding alleging 1940 Act claims - obtained SEC “no action” letter, 2017
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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
  • 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 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 national nutraceutical business in defending claims and in prosecuting counterclaims in commercial contract dispute – obtained six-figure jury verdict at trial, 2009
  • Represented regional satellite TV business in prosecuting claims for breach of distribution agreement – obtained six-figure award at arbitration, 2008

Representative Clients:

  • Private Equity Fund Complex and Management Team (2017 to present), 2019
  • Venture Capital Fund Complex and Management Team (2017 to present), 2019

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
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Office Location for Lucas T. Ritchie

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

Phone: 303-292-2900

Fax: 303-292-4510

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Last Updated: 10/11/2019

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