Joan Lukey Named Elite “Leading Trial Lawyer” for Second Consecutive Year by The Legal 500

Choate Press Relase

 | June 22, 2015

Choate announced today that Joan A. Lukey, chair of the firm’s Complex Trial & Appellate Litigation Group, has been named a “Leading Trial Lawyer” by The Legal 500, a guide to the preeminent law firms in the United States.  Lukey was one of only 52 attorneys in the country named to the elite “Leading Lawyers” list in the litigation category.  This is the second consecutive year that Lukey has been named a “Leading Lawyer” by the publication.

A preeminent trial lawyer, Lukey has tried complex business, products liability, professional liability, personal injury, First Amendment, and other cases in state and federal court in Massachusetts and around the country.  She has tried over 100 jury trials, and numerous bench trials and arbitrations in all aspects of business disputes. She is also an accomplished appellate lawyer, having argued approximately 60 federal and state appeals.

As chair of Choate’s Complex Trial & Appellate Litigation Group, Lukey and her team of seasoned trial lawyers represent both plaintiffs and defendants in resolving their most challenging business disputes through litigation – including trials, arbitrations, appeals, and settlements representation – before federal and state trial and appellate courts and government agencies and in arbitrations.

Lukey is a past president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and was the first woman ever to hold this position.  She is also a past president of the Boston Bar Association, and has served twice as a Massachusetts Special Assistant Attorney General.  Lukey has been named in Best Lawyers for the past 20 years, one of “America’s 50 Top Women Litigators” by The National Law Journal, and one of the “35 most influential judges and lawyers in Massachusetts over the past 35 years” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Lukey received her JD, cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Boston College Law School, and her BA, magna cum laude, from Smith College. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and before the US Supreme Court; the US Court of Appeals, First Circuit; the US District Court, District of Massachusetts; and the US District Court, District of New Hampshire.

Seven practice areas at Choate – Finance & Restructuring, Insurance & Reinsurance, Mergers & Acquisitions (Middle-Market), Private Equity, Tax, Trade Secrets, and Venture Capital – received top national rankings as well. Two other Choate attorneys were named to the Legal 500’s “Leading Lawyers” lists – Willam Asher was named a “Leading M&A Lawyer” and David Attisani was named a “Leading Insurance Lawyer” in the reinsurance category.

The Legal 500 conducts extensive research to analyze and assess the capabilities and strengths of law firms. The resulting rankings provide buyers of legal services with an objective analysis of the US market. Research includes in-depth interviews with law firms, clients, and lawyers across the country. Inclusion in The Legal 500 is based solely on merit and the guides are widely regarded as offering the definitive judgment of law firm capabilities.


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