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Emerson B. Luke focuses his practice on commercial, trusts and estates, entertainment litigation. His commercial litigation practice includes litigating breach of contract, intellectual property, trade secrets, and real estate disputes. Emerson has experience defending consumer protection class action lawsuits, including those brought under California’s Unfair Competition Law. Emerson also has trusts and estates litigation experience, having represented clients in trust and will contests, conservatorship matters, breach of fiduciary duty cases, and accounting disputes.

Emerson’s entertainment litigation experience includes the representation of studios, managers, and producers in connection with claims arising from motion picture distribution rights, breach of contract, content licensing, residual allocation claims, and participation accounting issues. He represents clients in state court and federal court as well as before the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) arbitration tribunal.

Additionally, given Emerson’s prior experience working in government – at both the state and local level – in the California State Legislature and most recently in the Los Angeles City Council as Chief Deputy for Legal Affairs and Justice Initiatives for Los Angeles City Council District 10, Emerson helps clients navigate policy and regulatory issues.


  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Trusts and estates litigation
  • Entertainment litigation



  • Member of trial team that represented plaintiff (a business manager) against the estate of a deceased musician for breach of management contract. Helped secure settlement on behalf of client against the estate.°
  • Mediated disputes on behalf of major financial institution.°
  • Engaged in transactional work for a technology client, including drafting common stock purchase agreements, advising executives of exposure to liability for new application features, and assisting in the negotiations between corporate counsel for terms under which the client partners with new investors.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Luke prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Chief Deputy for Legal Affairs and Justice Initiatives, Los Angeles City Council, 2021
  • Senior Legislative Aide, California State Assembly, 2011-2012
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Philip Gutierrez, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2013

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Trusts and Estates, 2023-2024
  • Recognized, The National Black Lawyers, "Top 40 Under 40," 2022
  • Pro Bono Chair, Associates Advisory Board, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 2018-Present
  • Vice President & Political Action Chair, New Frontier Democratic Club, 2019-Present


  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, 2015
    • Editor, Black Law Journal
  • M.A., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2011
  • B.A., Tufts University, 2009
  • California