A founding partner of Three Crowns, Luke represents private and sovereign clients in some of their largest and most important commercial, investor-State, and inter-State arbitrations, including the successful prosecution of one of the largest ICC cases in history. He also has more than 20 years of experience litigating international issues in U.S. courts.
Luke’s practice experience spans a variety of sectors, with a focus on the energy, financial, and technology industries.
Luke’s experience includes:
- Acting for a multinational technology company in a multi-billion-dollar ICC arbitration pertaining to sole-source supply agreement
- Acting for a global energy in a $9 billion PCA investment treaty arbitration concerning denial of justice by a Latin American country
- Acting for a multinational aviation company in an AAA-ICDR dispute regarding the termination of $4 billion merger and acquisition agreement
- Acting for a global apparel company in HKIAC and SIAC arbitrations concerning a dispute under joint venture agreement involving several Asian countries
- Acting for US multinational energy company in ad hoc investment arbitration arising out of change to decommissioning laws in Asian country
- Acting for a UK renewable energy company in a $200 million concession dispute with an African State
He is active in pro bono matters, including work for Equality Now and the Penobscot Nation.
Luke is also a Senior Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law. Among other publications, he is the co-author of the second edition International Arbitration: Three Salient Problems (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and General Principles of Law and International Due Process (Oxford University Press, 2017).
Luke is ranked by Chambers, which describes him as an “extraordinarily intelligent” attorney who “draws extensive praise for his advocacy skills, with clients affirming that ‘his analysis and strategic view is outstanding.’” Who’s Who Legal has recognised him a “sharp intellectual” who “is praised for his fantastic analytical and writing abilities”. The Legal 500 writes that Luke “is extremely smart and a great strategic thinker” and is “an excellent draftsman”.
Luke previously worked in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advised and prepared formal legal opinions for executive branch officials on a range of constitutional, international, and administrative law issues.
He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, after which he clerked for Judge Pamela Ann Rymer of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the US Supreme Court.
“Exceedingly bright, a great strategic thinker, and a superb drafter”
— Global Arbitration Review
“Highly intelligent, confident, hardworking and experienced lawyer in the field of international arbitration”
— The Legal 500 USA
“He is an absolute expert in arbitration. His focus on clients’ needs is unparalleled”
— Chambers USA