Overview

Luke advises companies on regulatory compliance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requirements related to food, dietary supplement, over-the-counter (OTC) drug, medical device and cosmetic products. He is an experienced adviser who collaborates with clients to develop business-focused solutions when navigating complex regulatory issues. He also devises comprehensive strategies to mitigate enforcement and litigation risk for companies whose products are regulated by the FDA and the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Litigation

Luke is an experienced litigator and has represented agricultural retailers, distributors and manufacturers in a broad spectrum of legal challenges, including product liability, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) compliance, and pesticide drift cases. His practical experience operating a family farm and his extensive education in agronomy give him a 360-degree perspective on the issues impacting food and agribusiness clients and inform his empathetic approach to client service.

COVID-19 Experience

Luke interprets and applies FDA COVID-19 guidance and policies to ensure that clients are able to safely and expeditiously develop products to assist with the public health emergency. He also has experience dealing with emergency use authorizations (EUAs) regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 testing. Luke leverages his conversance with the FDA’s Drug Registration and Listing System (DRLS) to assist clients with the registration and listing of hand sanitizer as an OTC drug and ethanol as an active pharmaceutical ingredient.

Past Experience

Prior to joining Faegre Drinker, Luke worked for another international law firm in Denver, handling agribusiness and commercial litigation matters. He also gained federal jury trial experience, second-chairing a pro bono civil rights case involving a prisoner.

Military Experience

Prior to attending law school, Luke held the rank of captain in the United States Air Force as a senior director on board the E-3 AWACS aircraft. He deployed multiple times during his active duty service, including flying combat missions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Odyssey Dawn/Unified Protector, as well as counter-narcoterrorism missions in South America. He was also stationed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for a year, flying with and training the Royal Saudi Air Force.

 

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Colorado
Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Education

University of Colorado Law School
J.D. Order of the Coif, Law Review (associate editor) (2017)

Iowa State University
M.S. in Agronomy (2012)

University of Minnesota, Duluth
B.A. in Environmental Studies, cum laude (2006)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Consumer Choice or Confusion: That GMO Label Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means
    Author, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Volume 23, Number 2, Summer 2018
  • Digging Up the Dirt: China’s Exploitation of Transgenic Seed Approvals
    Author, University of Colorado Law Review, Volume 88, Issue 1, 2017

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • American Agricultural Law Association

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