Ms. Luker joined the firm after serving a six-month term as Judge Pro Tempore for Civil District Court by appointment of the Louisiana Supreme Court from July to December 2014.
Her areas of practice have included complex litigation, business disputes, maritime litigation (offshore oil and gas contract disputes, personal injury and property damage claims), employment discrimination, construction law, bad faith insurance claims, unfair trade practice claims, toxic torts (silica, asbestos, benzene, lead paint, noise), civil RICO, environmental matters, and product liability litigation. Ms. Luker served as national counsel for multiple clients in mass tort and multi-party litigation (class action, multi-district litigation, and consolidated cases), directing, training, and appearing in court with local attorneys across the country and as trial counsel, giving her a unique understanding of the client’s perspective. She is the designated first call for certain clients when faced with environmental subpoenas and/or investigations.
She is Co-Director of the Trial Advocacy Program as well as the Pre-Trial Civil Litigation Boot Camp, and, with Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby, co-teaches the first course on eDiscovery and Evidence at Tulane. An Adjunct Faculty for over 30 years, she has received the Tulane Distinguished Teaching Award. She was also the recipient of the 2015 Tulane Law School Environmental Law Distinguished Alumna of the Year award.
Ms. Luker has been named as a SuperLawyer each year since 2007 (and appeared as the cover story for the 2015 edition), a Leader in Law by New Orleans CityBusiness, a Woman of the Year twice, and as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2009. She holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is a Proctor in Admiralty in the Maritime Law Association. She was named a Role Model by the Young Leadership Council. She is also the immediate past Chair of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms. She is also the former President of the University of New Orleans Alumni Association.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES
Member, International Society of Barristers
Former President, Tulane American Inn of Courts
Member, Tulane American Inn of Courts
Co-Director, Trial Advocacy Program
Co-Director, Pre-Trial Civil Litigation Boot Camp
Past Chair, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms
Former President, University of New Orleans Alumni Association
Member, LSBA Board of Directors
Chair, LSBA Civil Law & Litigation Section
Co-chair, LSBA Committee on Professionalism
Member, LSBA Continuing Legal Education Committee
Member, LSBA Legislation Committee
Louisiana Judiciary Commission
Chair and Vice-chair
Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee
Former Chair, ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section Toxic Tort Committee
Former Chair, ABA Admiralty Law Committee
Former Chair, International Association of Defense Counsel Maritime and Energy Law Committee
Former Faculty, IADC National Trial Academy
Former Co-Director. National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Trial and Deposition Programs
Former Co-Chair, New Orleans Bar Association Masters of the Courtroom Program
Former Chair, NOBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Former Board Member, New Orleans Federal Bar Association
Luker was previously appointed to a committee by the Louisiana Supreme Court to draft supplemental materials on complex litigation for consideration by the Court, including MDL Rules for Louisiana and an updated Complex Litigation Bench Book for the judiciary.