Mr. Luke O. Brooks
Partner, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
Luke Brooks is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s securities litigation practice group in the San Diego office. He focuses primarily on securities fraud litigation on behalf of individual and institutional investors, including state and municipal pension funds, Taft-Hartley funds, and private retirement and investment funds.
Brooks served as trial counsel in Jaffe v. Household International in the Northern District of Illinois, a securities class action that obtained a record-breaking $1.575 billion settlement after 14 years of litigation, including a six-week jury trial in 2009 that resulted in a verdict for plaintiffs. Other prominent cases recently prosecuted by Brooks include Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., in which plaintiffs recovered $388 million for investors in J.P. Morgan residential mortgage-backed securities, and a pair of cases – Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. (“Cheyne”) and King County, Washington, et al. v. IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG (“Rhinebridge”) – in which plaintiffs obtained a settlement, on the eve of trial in Cheyne, from the major credit rating agencies and Morgan Stanley arising out of the fraudulent ratings of bonds issued by the Cheyne and Rhinebridge structured investment vehicles. Reuters described the settlement as a “landmark” deal and emphasized that it was the “first time S&P and Moody’s have settled accusations that investors were misled by their ratings.” An article published in Rolling Stone magazine entitled “The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis” similarly credited Robbins Geller with uncovering “a mountain of evidence” detailing the credit rating agencies’ fraud.
Brooks has been named a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and a Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco, where he was also a member of the University of San Francisco Law Review. During law school, Brooks externed for the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.