BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP today announced that Joan A. Lukey, one of the nation’s preeminent trial lawyers, has joined the firm as a Partner and will serve as Chair of Choate’s Complex Trial and Appellate Litigation Group. Ms. Lukey joins Choate from Ropes & Gray, where she was a trial partner for the past six years. Prior to joining Ropes, she was a trial partner at WilmerHale, where she began her career. Ms. Lukey is joined at Choate by her colleague from Ropes & Gray, Justin J. Wolosz, who will serve as a Partner at Choate.
Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. 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 approximately 90 jury trials, and scores of 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.
“We feel privileged to welcome Joan to Choate, and are excited about her leadership of our Complex Trial and Appellate Litigation Group,” said Bill Gelnaw and Charles Cheever, Co-Managing Partners at Choate. “Choate has a deep trial team with broad experience handling important and complex disputes for clients. Joan will be a great asset to both our clients and our elite trial team.”
“I am thrilled to be joining Choate and its well-established team of complex trial and appellate lawyers,” said Joan Lukey. “I’m honored to lead this talented group in meeting the market demand for complex trial expertise, from which other firms seem to be withdrawing. I look forward to continuing Choate’s long-standing tradition of trial advocacy and to working with my new colleagues at Choate to develop future generations of great trial lawyers.”
Ms. 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.
She has been routinely recognized in Chambers U.S.A. and Chambers Global as a Band One Litigator. For the past 20 years, Ms. Lukey has been selected by her peers for each edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of business, bet-the-company, commercial, personal injury, employment and First Amendment litigation. She is also one of “America’s 50 Top Women Litigators” according to The National Law Journal, and was named one of the “35 most influential judges and lawyers in Massachusetts over the past 35 years” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Ms. Lukey received her J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Boston College Law School in 1974, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Smith College in 1971. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; and the U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire.
Justin Wolosz is an experienced complex business litigator who was in the litigation department at Ropes & Gray for 12 years. He is a graduate of Holy Cross College and Georgetown Law School.
Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, one of the nation's leading law firms, is consistently recognized for excellence by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, The Legal 500, World’s Leading Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Lawyers, and Expert Guides. With all of its lawyers under one roof, Choate focuses on a core group of areas where it represents clients across the United States and internationally and provides exceptional efficiency, service and value. Choate’s areas of focus include high stakes litigation, private equity and M&A, intellectual property, life sciences, technology companies, finance & restructuring, government enforcement & compliance, wealth management and insurance/reinsurance.