Honors & Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America®, 2014 Lexington Criminal Defense: White-Collar "Lawyer of the Year"
- The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013-2024 (Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar)
- Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass Champion of Children award, 2011
- Elected Distinguished Leader of Commerce Lexington's Leadership Lexington Class, 2008
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1998
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2004
U.S. Supreme Court, 2000
University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, J.D., 1989
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Champaign, Illinois, B.A., 1985
- Honors: Daily Illini, writer and photographer
- Major: U.S. History
Luke Morgan’s top priority is helping his clients achieve their goals. Luke looks down the road and around corners for his clients to anticipate what problems or pitfalls they may encounter—and he helps them steer clear of these obstacles.
Though he prefers to anticipate and avoid conflicts as much as possible to save his clients cost and headache, Luke is an experienced litigator and is prepared to fight for his clients when necessary, having tried more than 150 jury trials across Kentucky. Luke’s practice spans a wide range of areas, from litigation and healthcare law to tourism, employment and agriculture. In 2016, he conducted a jury trial that received the highest award for claims involving civil rights abuses in Fayette County Circuit Court history.
He has also conducted several administrative hearings by representing state agencies such as the Kentucky Department of Agriculture or represented persons facing violations or charges from state agencies such as the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control; his experience with state and local agencies also encompasses experience in issues involving the Kentucky Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act.
Luke’s practice is supplemented by his in-depth knowledge of criminal law, which was gained through 13 years as a felony-prosecutor in Lexington and later with the Kentucky Attorney General's Office, where he served as Director of the Special Prosecutions Division. He also served as general counsel of the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet from 2004 until coming to McBrayer in 2006, providing him with valuable insight into how state government approaches issues.
Luke is an active member of his community, serving in a variety of leadership roles. He serves on the Board of Directors of Camp Horsin’ Around and is a former-member of the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council, of which he was Vice President from 2008–2014. Luke and his family are active members of their church community. Luke and his wife, now-retired Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn, are also involved in the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, which coordinates all agencies involved in the investigation of child sexual abuse and provides education to professionals and the public about abuse. In his free time, Luke enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing, and cooking.
Additional Practice Experience
News & Insights
- August 17, 2023
- October 12, 2022
- August 18, 2022
- August 19, 2021
- McBrayer Members James H. Frazier, III, Stephen Amato, Cindy Effinger, Luke Morgan quoted in The Lane ReportThe Lane Report, October 19, 2020
- August 20, 2020
- Business Lexington, November 2019, November 1, 2019
- U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in America, September 4, 2019
- December 19, 2018
- Attorneys from McBrayer law offices in Lexington and Louisville achieved a 2018 listing in U.S. News Best Lawyers in AmericaAugust 15, 2017
- Lexington Herald-Leader, October 4, 2016
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, National Business Institute, Thursday, November 14, 2013
- Fraud & Abuse, Kentucky Pharmacists Association, June 2013
- Legal Issues for Restaurants, Bars and Hotels - A Critical Update, McBrayer law, February 2013
- Continuing Legal Education, Trial Tactics, National Business Institute, 2012
- Spoke on local government uses of Hotel and Restaurant tax revenues, KY Visitor and Convention Bureau, 2012
- Moderated a presentation entitled "The Pharmacy as a Workplace", Kentucky Pharmacists Association, 2012
- Continuing Legal Education, Administrative Law, 2010 KBA Convention, 2010 - 2011
- Continuing Legal Education, Fayette & Kentucky Bar Associations, Use of Technology in the Courtroom, 2009 - Present
- Healthcare Providers and First Responders: How New Paid Leave Laws Affect Your Workforce March 23, 2020
- Getting More Green from Your Farm: Agritourism September 13, 2018
- The Intersection of Tourism and Dram Shop Liability July 28, 2017
- McBrayer Interview: Hank Phillips, President/CEO of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association May 3, 2017
- The State of Hemp in Kentucky 2020 May 7, 2020
- Kentucky Association of Children's Advocacy Centers, Records Protection Ad Hoc Committee, 2012-Present
- Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2006-Present
- Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 2006-Present