Luke E. Debevec

Partner at Reed Smith LLP

Luke E. Debevec

Luke E. Debevec

Partner at Reed Smith LLP

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Luke joined Reed Smith in January 2008 and is a member of the firm's Insurance Recovery Group. Luke handles insurance and captive reinsurance coverage cases from inception through resolution across the country and internationally.

Luke has litigated, arbitrated, and settled numerous types of insurance, captive insurance, and reinsurance disputes:

* Environmental pollution and contamination claims arising from historic industrial contamination, oil and chemical spills and leaks, pipeline ruptures, fires, explosions, and railroad derailments;
* False Claims Act litigation and other governmental investigations;
* Employment and work-place liabilities;
* Product liability litigation and product recalls;
* Liabilities faced by hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and healthcare organizations;
* Claims against churches and religious or civic organizations;
* Civil rights cases and other municipal and governmental liabilities;
* Claims against directors and officers;
* Fidelity and commercial crime losses;
* Claims arising from complex financial instruments and real estate transactions;
* First-party property losses and business interruption claims, such as those arising from fires, explosions, landslides, floods, storms, and contamination; and
* Claims involving additional insureds, insured contracts, loss payees, certificates of insurance, and contractual indemnity agreements.

Luke has won significant insurance matters through litigation and arbitration and on appeal, but frequently resolves his clients' problems without need for these mechanisms. Luke has argued before the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and various state and federal trial courts. In 2012, Luke played a lead role in presenting and cross-examining witnesses at a $100+ million international arbitration involving property damage and business interruption loss resulting from an export grain elevator explosion covered by property insurance and captive reinsurance. Luke has helped policyholders and their captives to recover hundreds of millions of dollars from their insurance and reinsurance companies.

Luke frequently counsels policyholders and captives concerning their insurance programs and policy wording, risk management for corporate transactions, claims analysis, and strategies for maximizing loss recoveries.

Luke is the Partner Chair and along with Kevin Hara, is the co-founder of LEADRS (Looking For Excellence And Advancement of Disabled Attorneys at Reed Smith), a diversity affinity group that is part of Reed Smith’s diversity initiative. LEADRS strives to support and enhance the professional, personal, and career development of attorneys with disabilities of all types, physical and mental.

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Education
J.D., cum laude
Class of 2004

In the practice of law, the same ethical standards must be met whether you are a graduate of Notre Dame or any other university. So, what is it that makes our graduates unique? We believe it can be found in our ultimate goal. Beyond striving for professional achievement, a Notre Dame lawyer fundamentally acts in service to others. Our approach seeks to do more than train students in a profession; it seeks to help them discover their lives as a vocation. A different kind of lawyer is one who realizes the practice of law is not an end in itself. It’s the beginning of a new, highly specialized way of giving back.

B.A., cum laude
Class of 2001

Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the United States. Georgetown's main campus, located in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, is noted for Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark in the Romanesque revival style. Georgetown operates a law center on Capitol Hill and auxiliary campuses in Italy, Turkey, and Qatar.

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Articles Editor
Prior

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Career History
Partner
2008 - Current

Reed Smith Ltd. is engaged in the provision of legal services in commercial litigation, disputes, cross-border transactions, and regulatory matters. The firm's practice areas include bankruptcy and commercial restructuring, corporate and securities, regulatory enforcement, contract investigation, insurance, public policy, investment management, tax exemption, and wealth planning. It offers services to the energy and natural resources, financial, health, medical, and entertainment industries. The company is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Attorney
2005 - Prior

Anderson Kill & Olick PC provides legal services. Its practice areas include bankruptcy & restructuring, business law, business litigation, employment & labor law, insurance recovery, intellectual property, products liability, trusts & estates and financial services. It has offices in New York, Philadelphia, Newark, Washington DC, Chicago and Connecticut. It was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Attorney
2004 - Prior
Political Donations
$300
2012

Former President of United States

$300
2008

Former President of United States

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