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 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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  • Defended clients against federal criminal charges, including allegations of wire fraud, healthcare fraud, money laundering and controlled-substance act offenses.
  • Second-chaired a three-week federal criminal trial, resulting in acquittal on most serious charges.
  • Led internal investigations into allegations of various misconduct, including self-dealing, fraud, regulatory violations and alleged criminal conduct.
  • Deep experience litigating in federal appellate courts, with specific experience in the Sixth Circuit.
  • Assisted with coordination of appellate strategy for clients in highly regulated industries.
  • Represents clients pro bono in state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.


  • 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
  • U.S. Ct. of App., D.C. Circuit
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America 2021-2024 for Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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