Luke Burton’s practice focuses on appellate litigation, internal investigations and criminal defense. Luke helps clients solve their thorniest problems. Whether those problems arise in appeals to state and federal court, or in allegations of misconduct levied by the government, Luke helps clients resolve disputes – whether they arise in the courtroom or the boardroom.

Luke has substantial experience in state and federal appellate litigation, and has led internal investigations of alleged misconduct ranging from fraud, self-dealing and embezzlement to violations of federal laws and regulations. In addition, Luke has represented clients in various criminal matters, including habeas corpus proceedings. Before joining the firm, Luke clerked for the Honorable Julia S. Gibbons of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and for the Honorable David L. Bunning of the Eastern District of Kentucky.

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  • Represented clients in appellate litigation before various federal courts of appeal and before state appellate courts.
  • Defended financial institutions and consumer-debt purchasers in matters alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
  • Represented clients in complex commercial litigation matters involving contractual disputes and allegations of fraud, theft and embezzlement.
  • Represented clients accused of white collar offenses in federal criminal litigation.


  • University of California, Berkeley J.D., 2015
  • University of Kentucky, B.A., summa cum laude, 2012


  • Ohio, 2018
  • Kentucky, 2015


  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of Kentucky
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. of Kentucky
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America 2021-2024 for Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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