Lucas T. Ritchie

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in Denver, CO

Moye White LLP
 | 1400 16th St Mall, 6th Floor
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-292-2900
Fax: 303-292-4510
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (50%),
  • Business Litigation (50%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Luke Ritchie, partner at Moye White, focuses his litigation and trial practice on defending directors, officers and their businesses in the financial services and other highly-regulated industries against high-stakes enforcement proceedings and in complex litigations. He has substantial lead-counsel experience – often coordinating multi-firm joint-defense efforts – defending claims involving federal and state securities laws, fraud, fiduciary duties, corporate governance, and other business torts. He also prosecutes and defends complicated business “divorce” cases. 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 Chairs both the Colorado Bar Association’s Litigation Section and Securities Law Subsection, and sits on the Executive Councils of the CBA’s Litigation Section, Business Law Section, and on the Board of Governors.

 
Practice Areas
  • 50%Securities Litigation
  • 50%Business Litigation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 9 years

Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2017

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About Lucas Ritchie

Admitted: 2004, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://www.moyewhite.com/professionals/lucas-t-ritchie

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers®: Litigation - Securities, 2020-2021, Litigation - Securities, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Colorado Super Lawyers: Securities Litigation, 2018 - 2021, Securities Litigation Super Lawyer, Colorado Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Benchmark Litigation: Local Litigation Star - General Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation, 2020-2021, Local Litigation Star: General Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation, Benchmark Litigation, 2021
  • 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., AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2019
  • Avvo Rating 10 - Superb, 10-Superb, AVVO, 2019
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Securities Litigation, 2018, Securities Litigation Super Lawyer, Colorado Super Lawyers, 2019
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  • Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star Business Litigation, 2009- 2017, Business Litigation Rising Star, Colorado Super Lawyers, 2017
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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Colorado Bar Association's Board of Governors, 2021
  • Chair, Colorado Bar Association's Litigation Section, 2021
  • Chair, Colorado Bar Association, Securities Law Subsection (2019 to present), 2021
  • Executive Counsel, Colorado Bar Association, Business Law Section (2015 to present), 2021
  • Vice-Chair, Colorado Bar Association, Litigation Section (2018), 2018
  • Co-Chair, Colorado Bar Association Securities Subsection (2015 to 2018), 2015
  • Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association, Litigation Section (2013 to present), 2013

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Trustee, Board of Trustees, Logan School for Creative Learning (2017 to present), 2021
  • Chair, Trusteeship Committee, The Logan School for Creative Learning (2014 to present), 2021
  • Member, Board of the Colorado Lawyers Committee (2017 to present), 2021
  • Liaison to Colorado Bar Association, WeeCycle (2013 to present), 2021
  • Member, University of Colorado, Rugby (1996 to 1997)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • As businesses reopen, customers and clients are being asked to wear masks, keep their distance and, in some cases, sign away their right to sue if a trip to the dentist or hair salon results in a coronavirus infection.  Since April, there has been speculation about whether the next round of coronavirus relief will include liability protections for businesses, but Congress is still weeks away from passing another stimulus package. In the meantime, companies are taking it upon themselves to protect against personal injury lawsuits by making patrons and customers sign liability waivers., Quoted, Liability Waivers Offer Protection as Businesses Reopen, Law Week Colorado, 2020
  • Moye White LLP is pleased to announce partners John W. Kellogg and Lucas T. Ritchie each virtually presented at the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) annual Business Law Institute. The four-day event was co-sponsored by the CBA’s business and taxation law sections. The 2020 Business Law Institute provided sessions covering the common, critical and current issues of interest to business lawyers. Topics included data privacy, choice of entity, employee ownership, legislative, case law and secretary of state updates, startup and in-house counsel issues, COVID-19 impacts, diversity and inclusiveness, and litigators’ perspectives. Ritchie, who serves as Chair of both the CBA Litigation Section and Securities Law Subsection, shared his litigator perspective in a panel presentation, “What Business Lawyers Do That Litigators Love.” He was joined on the panel by litigation partners from Davis Graham & Stubbs, Faegre Drinker, and LS Pozner. On the final day of the Business Law Institute, Kellogg presented on recent and upcoming legislation that will impact business attorneys, including the CARES Act and other relief in his solo session, “Businesses, the Cares Act and Other Relief Legislation.”, Panelist, What Business Lawyers Do That Litigators Love, CBA-CLE Business Law Institute, 2020
  • Moye White LLP is pleased to announce Managing Partner Tom List and Partners Dean Richardson and Luke Ritchie, each virtually presented at the 3rd Annual Colorado Litigators Summit. Hosted by the Colorado Bar Association's (CBA) Litigation Section, this year's summit featured presentations on litigation trends, strategies, ethics, professionalism, cannabis, and a discussion of how COVID-19 has impacted Colorado litigation. List and Richardson each joined different panel presentations during the one-day conference; Ritchie served as a moderator and was a member of the event's planning committee. During List's panel presentation, Safely Leading Your Partners, Employees, and Clients in the New COVID-19 Normal, and Lessons Learned Over the Last 6 Months, he spoke about how the pandemic has changed the management of law firms and what to expect in the near future. List was joined by two fellow managing partners and Colorado's Chief Deputy Attorney General, while Ritchie moderated the session. Richardson was one of three litigators on his panel, Recent Developments and Top Issues Trending in the World of Cannabis Litigation, which presented on the rapid rise of cannabis litigation., Moderator, 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, 2020
  • ., Co-Author, Using Waivers of Liability to Protect Your Business During COVID" Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section Newsletter, CBA Business Law Section Newsletter, May 2020, 2020
  • Attorneys working remotely is an increasing phenomena. While COVID-19 has been the direct cause of much of this increase, remote working is expected to be increasingly common in the future. Attorneys working from home or other remote locations are subject to the same ethical rules and duties as attorneys working in their offices. Working remotely, whether from a home office, a dining room table, or a coffee shop presents unique challenges and concerns. The members panel will review the primary ethical concerns, such as protecting client confidences, supervising employees and staff members, that remote working brings to the forefront rules and discuss practical steps that can be taken to comply with the ethics of remote working., Panelist, The Ethics of Working Remotely, Colorado Bar Association Litigation Section Virtual Program, 2020
  • You can now go out to eat, go to the mall, even go to the gym in many states. But what happens if you do, and you get COVID-19? Could you sue the gym, if you thought you got it there?  That question is top of mind for a lot of business owners as they reopen.  Luke Ritchie, an attorney with Moye White in Denver, Colorado, is encouraging businesses he works with to use liability waivers, in part because of the ever-changing patchwork of safety guidelines they have to try to follow – CDC guidelines, state guidelines, city guidelines – all of which may be different. “It’s not easy for a business to make sure they’re following best practices,” Ritchie said. “And so a COVID-19 release or waiver is going to be an additional tool that will help protect you and it’ll help protect the company.” , Quoted, Will Liability Waivers Protect Businesses From COVID-19 Lawsuits?, NPR Marketplace, 2020
  • Presented with Colorado's recently appointed Securities Commissioner Tung Chan on the Commissioner’s prior experiences in blockchain and as Securities Commissioner in Hawaii, her transition into the Commissioner role here in Colorado, aspirations she may have for the Division under her leadership, and any regulatory or enforcement focuses that she presently anticipates. The program was geared towards transactional, compliance, and enforcement defense practitioners and highlighted recent developments in the law and their potential impacts on the Division and the Securities Subsection’s members’ practices., Co-Presenter, Introducing Commissioner Chan: A Discussion with Colorado's New Securities Commissioner, CBA/CLE, And Financial Services Industries, Securities Bar, 2020
  • Presented litigator’s perspective on books and records best practices for promoting management’s entrepreneurial vision while still limiting exposure and ensuring transparency., Faculty Presenter, Business Books and Records - Best Practices and Avoiding Litigation Risk, CBA, CLE Business Law Institute, State And Local Business Law Practitioners, 2019
  • Participated on panel consisting of the District of Colorado’s First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Matthew T. Kirsch, the SEC’s Regional Trial Counsel, Gregory A. Kasper, and Davis & Ceriani’s Managing Partner, Valeri Pappas, in presenting interactive session focused on tools and guidance to navigate complex ethical issues that arise in transactional, administrative, and litigation practices.    , Faculty Presenter, Ethics on the Silver Screen, CBA/CLE Ethics 7.0, Local And State Transactional Counsel, Trial Lawyers And Judges, 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
  • Moderated panel consisting of Senior Judge Ossola of the 9th Judicial District, Judge Timbreza of the 21st Judicial District, Retired Judge Hearn Croshall of the 10th Judicial District, and Phil Chupik of the Metier Law Firm to discuss best practices and pitfalls for connecting with non-metro jurors and judges, Program Chair and Faculty Moderator, Knowing Your Audience: Trying Your Case Outside of Metro-Denver, Colorado Bar Association, CLE Litigators' Summit, State And Local Trial Lawyers And Judges, 2019
  • Presented on panel highlighting unique professional and ethical issues faced by lawyers in the securities industry., Faculty Presenter, Rocky Mountain Securities Conference, Ethical Issues for Securities Industry Professionals, SEC & CBA/CLE, Financial Institutions, Publicly Traded Companies, Securities, 2019
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, Faculty Presenter, 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, Program Co-Chair and Faculty Presenter, 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, Faculty Presenter, 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, Faculty Presenter, 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

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Lead counsel for international manufacturing company and its officers and directors in defending shareholder actions challenging complex merger transaction between the publicly traded company and its successor private company 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. , 2020
  • 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
  • Corporate Owners
  • Financial Institutions
  • Fund Directors/Trustees
  • Fund Management
  • Independent Directors/Trustees
  • Investment Advisors
  • Officers And Directors
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Office Location for Lucas T. Ritchie

1400 16th St Mall
6th Floor
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-292-2900

Fax: 303-292-4510

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Last Updated: 10/28/2020

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