Luke E. Debevec

Partner

Practice Areas

Education

  • Notre Dame Law School, 2004, J.D., cum laude, Articles Editor of Notre Dame Law Review
  • Georgetown University, 2001, B.A., cum laude

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit

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

Luke has experience litigating, arbitrating, and settling numerous types of insurance, captive insurance, and reinsurance disputes, including coverage for environmental pollution and contamination claims; products liability litigation; liabilities faced by pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and healthcare organizations; claims against churches and other religious organizations; civil rights cases and other municipal or governmental liabilities; fidelity and crime losses; claims arising from complex financial and real estate transactions; and first-party property losses. Additionally, Luke counsels policyholders and captives concerning their insurance programs, policy wording, and loss recovery strategies.

Luke has won significant insurance matters at trial and on appeal, and often without need for litigation. 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 arbitration involving damages resulting from an export grain elevator explosion covered by property insurance and reinsurance.

Luke has helped policyholders and their captives to recover hundreds of millions of dollars from their insurance and reinsurance companies.

Employment History

  • 2008 - Reed Smith
  • 2005 - Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.
  • 2004 - Yost & Tretta, LLP

Honors & Awards

  • Named a 2014 Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, Pennsylvania
  • Named a 2013 Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, Pennsylvania
  • Named a 2012 Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, Pennsylvania
  • Named a 2010 Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, Pennsylvania