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Luke A. Connelly

Partner in New York

Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • USCA – 2nd Circuit

Education

Luke's experience includes defense of consumer products and pharmaceutical companies in product liability and consumer fraud actions; defense of insurance companies in consumer class actions; representation of large financial institutions, private equity funds, and hedge funds in commercial litigation; defense of auditors and accountants in securities and professional liability matters; and representation of media companies in intellectual property matters. Luke also was a member of the investigative team that conducted the internal investigation for the New York Stock Exchange concerning its chairman's compensation.

Luke's representative clients include Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Grant Thornton LLP; Philip Morris USA Inc.; Pan American World Airways, Inc.; Addus Homecare, Inc.; The Financial Times; and America Press, Inc.

Experience

Products Liability/Consumer Protection

  • Co-lead counsel for international pharmaceutical manufacturer in product liability MDL and state court consolidated proceedings alleging compulsive behaviors as an injury
  • Defending international pharmaceutical manufacturer in product liability actions alleging tardive dyskinesia
  • Successfully defended international pharmaceutical manufacturer in product liability actions alleging juvenile diabetes
  • Obtained defense verdicts in numerous jury trials against major cigarette manufacturer asserting fraud and product liability claims in New York state and federal courts
  • Obtained dismissal of over 200 individual fraud and product liability actions against major cigarette manufacturer in New York state and federal courts
  • Successfully resolved consumer fraud and product liability claims against smokeless tobacco manufacturer
  • Obtained dismissal of toxic tort claims against real estate investment firm asserting liability for asbestos exposure
  • Defended large pharmaceutical company against product liability and deceptive trade practice claims in nationwide mass tort litigation
  • Successfully defended major automobile manufacturer against consumer fraud class action alleging defects in safety systems
  • Defended major dairy company against consumer fraud class action alleging deceptive labeling
  • Obtained affirmance of dismissal of consumer fraud action by Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Successfully defended credit card issuer in consumer antitrust class action alleging conspiracy to include arbitration clauses in credit card agreements in SDNY
  • Obtained dismissal of action alleging deceptive trade practices under NY GBL 349 in connection with standard home owners insurance policy against one of the nation's largest insurance companies
  • Obtained dismissal of consumer class action in favor of arbitration on behalf of cell phone service provider
  • Obtained dismissal of class action against national insurance company in class action alleging violations of New York trade practices

Financial/Securities Litigation

  • Obtained dismissal of breach of representation and warranty claims against national bank arising out of commercial mortgage securitization
  • Obtained permanent stay of financial advisor's arbitration against buyer in private-equity-sponsored asset purchase transaction
  • Obtained dismissal of repurchase claims against national bank in action arising out of sale of portfolio of mortgage loans
  • Successfully defended hedge funds in $300 million fraud action arising out of cross-border acquisition
  • Obtained dismissal for a bank holding corporation and its senior executives in a securities fraud class action alleging rule 10b-5 and section 20 claims based on allegedly undisclosed litigation risk
  • Served as defense liaison counsel in MDL for securities and fraud action arising out of collapse of futures broker
  • Successfully defended auditor in fraud action arising out of collapse of futures broker and affiliates brought by liquidators of hedge fund of funds and investment manager
  • Obtained dismissal of bondholders' tortious interference with contract claims against investment bank arising out of restructuring of $130 million of municipal bonds
  • Successfully resolved action against investment bank seeking repurchase of $32 million commercial real estate loan, alleging breaches of representations and warranties in connection with pool of commercial mortgage-backed securities
  • Obtained dismissal of rule 10b-5 claims against outside auditor in securities fraud class action in connection with failure of real estate development company
  • Obtained dismissal of contract-based action against real estate finance firm arising out of sale of $25 million mortgage and foreclosure rights
  • Successfully defended large investment bank in action alleging breaches of representations and warranties in connection with securitization of $1 billion commercial mortgage-backed securities loan pool

Media/Trademark/Copyright Litigation

  • Obtained summary judgement for trademark owner dismissing action for fraud and breach of merchandise license agreement in D. Mass
  • Successfully defended trademark owner from infringement claims based on promotion and broadcast of television series
  • Obtained TRO and permanent injunction on behalf of trademark owner against infringer for unauthorized sale of trademarked apparel and accessories in SDNY
  • Obtained dismissal of breach of license agreement claims seeking $50 million in connection with merchandising license agreement for trademarked goods
  • Successfully resolved claims by international media company against financial services firm for unauthorized use of subscription service
  • Obtained injunction for magazine and web publisher in action based on infringement and dilution of magazine's trademark
  • Obtained dismissal of defamation claims brought against blogger for allegedly libelous posts on investment information blog
  • Successfully asserted reporter’s privilege in response to subpoenas to media companies

 

Honors & Awards

Luke was recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. in Product Liability, Mass Torts, and Class Actions: Consumer Products (including tobacco). He was selected to the 2018 New York Super Lawyers list for Mass Torts.

Activities

Luke was a member of the firm's Associate Evaluation Committee, Hiring Committee Pro Bono Committee, and Training Committee. He serves on the board of the Hansen Institute for Intellectual Property.

Credentials

Luke received a B.A. in Classical Studies from The Colorado College in 1991 and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1996, where he was on the Dean's List, an associate editor of International Intellectual Property Law & Policy, and a member of the Moot Court Board.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Luke A. Connelly

Partner in New York

Luke's experience includes defense of consumer products and pharmaceutical companies in product liability and consumer fraud actions; defense of insurance companies in consumer class actions; representation of large financial institutions, private equity funds, and hedge funds in commercial litigation; defense of auditors and accountants in securities and professional liability matters; and representation of media companies in intellectual property matters. Luke also was a member of the investigative team that conducted the internal investigation for the New York Stock Exchange concerning its chairman's compensation.

Luke's representative clients include Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Grant Thornton LLP; Philip Morris USA Inc.; Pan American World Airways, Inc.; Addus Homecare, Inc.; The Financial Times; and America Press, Inc.

Honors and Awards

Listed
NY Metro
Super
Lawyers
Super Lawyers

Luke was recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. in Product Liability, Mass Torts, and Class Actions: Consumer Products (including tobacco). He was selected to the 2018 New York Super Lawyers list for Mass Torts.

Activities

Luke was a member of the firm's Associate Evaluation Committee, Hiring Committee Pro Bono Committee, and Training Committee. He serves on the board of the Hansen Institute for Intellectual Property.

Luke received a B.A. in Classical Studies from The Colorado College in 1991 and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1996, where he was on the Dean's List, an associate editor of International Intellectual Property Law & Policy, and a member of the Moot Court Board.

Education

Fordham University
JD, 1996
Colorado College
BA, 1991

Admissions

NY
New York

Court Admissions

E.D.
N.Y.
Eastern District of New York
S.D.
N.Y.
Southern District of New York
2d
Cir.
USCA – 2nd Circuit

Products Liability/Consumer Protection

  • Co-lead counsel for international pharmaceutical manufacturer in product liability MDL and state court consolidated proceedings alleging compulsive behaviors as an injury
  • Defending international pharmaceutical manufacturer in product liability actions alleging tardive dyskinesia
  • Successfully defended international pharmaceutical manufacturer in product liability actions alleging juvenile diabetes
  • Obtained defense verdicts in numerous jury trials against major cigarette manufacturer asserting fraud and product liability claims in New York state and federal courts
  • Obtained dismissal of over 200 individual fraud and product liability actions against major cigarette manufacturer in New York state and federal courts
  • Successfully resolved consumer fraud and product liability claims against smokeless tobacco manufacturer
  • Obtained dismissal of toxic tort claims against real estate investment firm asserting liability for asbestos exposure
  • Defended large pharmaceutical company against product liability and deceptive trade practice claims in nationwide mass tort litigation
  • Successfully defended major automobile manufacturer against consumer fraud class action alleging defects in safety systems
  • Defended major dairy company against consumer fraud class action alleging deceptive labeling
  • Obtained affirmance of dismissal of consumer fraud action by Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Successfully defended credit card issuer in consumer antitrust class action alleging conspiracy to include arbitration clauses in credit card agreements in SDNY
  • Obtained dismissal of action alleging deceptive trade practices under NY GBL 349 in connection with standard home owners insurance policy against one of the nation's largest insurance companies
  • Obtained dismissal of consumer class action in favor of arbitration on behalf of cell phone service provider
  • Obtained dismissal of class action against national insurance company in class action alleging violations of New York trade practices

Financial/Securities Litigation

  • Obtained dismissal of breach of representation and warranty claims against national bank arising out of commercial mortgage securitization
  • Obtained permanent stay of financial advisor's arbitration against buyer in private-equity-sponsored asset purchase transaction
  • Obtained dismissal of repurchase claims against national bank in action arising out of sale of portfolio of mortgage loans
  • Successfully defended hedge funds in $300 million fraud action arising out of cross-border acquisition
  • Obtained dismissal for a bank holding corporation and its senior executives in a securities fraud class action alleging rule 10b-5 and section 20 claims based on allegedly undisclosed litigation risk
  • Served as defense liaison counsel in MDL for securities and fraud action arising out of collapse of futures broker
  • Successfully defended auditor in fraud action arising out of collapse of futures broker and affiliates brought by liquidators of hedge fund of funds and investment manager
  • Obtained dismissal of bondholders' tortious interference with contract claims against investment bank arising out of restructuring of $130 million of municipal bonds
  • Successfully resolved action against investment bank seeking repurchase of $32 million commercial real estate loan, alleging breaches of representations and warranties in connection with pool of commercial mortgage-backed securities
  • Obtained dismissal of rule 10b-5 claims against outside auditor in securities fraud class action in connection with failure of real estate development company
  • Obtained dismissal of contract-based action against real estate finance firm arising out of sale of $25 million mortgage and foreclosure rights
  • Successfully defended large investment bank in action alleging breaches of representations and warranties in connection with securitization of $1 billion commercial mortgage-backed securities loan pool

Media/Trademark/Copyright Litigation

  • Obtained summary judgement for trademark owner dismissing action for fraud and breach of merchandise license agreement in D. Mass
  • Successfully defended trademark owner from infringement claims based on promotion and broadcast of television series
  • Obtained TRO and permanent injunction on behalf of trademark owner against infringer for unauthorized sale of trademarked apparel and accessories in SDNY
  • Obtained dismissal of breach of license agreement claims seeking $50 million in connection with merchandising license agreement for trademarked goods
  • Successfully resolved claims by international media company against financial services firm for unauthorized use of subscription service
  • Obtained injunction for magazine and web publisher in action based on infringement and dilution of magazine's trademark
  • Obtained dismissal of defamation claims brought against blogger for allegedly libelous posts on investment information blog
  • Successfully asserted reporter’s privilege in response to subpoenas to media companies