Luke is an attorney in Taft’s Real Estate and Public Finance and Economic Development practice groups. As a legal adviser to both businesses and governments, Luke has extensive experience in real estate development, all aspects of municipal finance, and public incentives, land use and local government.  

Prior to joining Taft, Luke was the Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Cincinnati, where he was responsible for leading the divisions in that large municipal law department supporting the city’s economic development, real estate, municipal finance, land use and planning, and transportation functions. He has also served as a member of the executive leadership team in the Ohio Attorney General’s office and as General Counsel and Director of National Strategic Initiatives for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. He began his career at a prominent international law firm. 

Luke obtained his J.D. from the Columbia Law School. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science, magna cum laude, from Amherst College, where he also captained the football team.  


  • Honoree, Cincinnati Business Courier, 40 Under 40 (2015)

All Service Areas


  • Columbia Law School (2005)
  • Amherst College (2000)

    Bachelor's degree in history and political science, magna cum laude


  • State - Ohio
  • State - District of Columbia

Community Involvement

  • Clifton Area Neighborhood School

    Local school decision-making committee member

  • The Real Estate Accelerator Lab (REAL), powered by ULI Cincinnati and LISC Greater Cincinnati & Northern KY

           Board Member