Jessica Lutkenhaus

Jessica Lutkenhaus represents corporations and individuals in criminal defense matters, as well as civil and government regulatory litigation. She has substantial experience in government and internal investigations.

Ms. Lutkenhaus’ experience includes the recent representation of a financial institution in parallel civil and criminal investigations conducted by the SEC and the DOJ; a major mortgage lender in connection with commercial breach of contract and fraud claims in federal district court; and an individual criminal defendant in a racketeering conspiracy action. 

In addition, Ms. Lutkenhaus has counseled and represented clients on issues including workplace discrimination and harassment, Administrative Procedure Act litigation, and environmental regulations governing property renovations that disturb lead paint. Ms. Lutkenhaus currently assists on an independent compliance monitorship for a major healthcare company.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lutkenhaus served as a law clerk for the Honorable Lucy H. Koh of the Northern District of California and the Honorable Duane Benton of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. While attending law school, she interned in the Office of the Legal Adviser in the US Department of State, the New York State Office of the Attorney General, and the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Pro Bono Work

Ms. Lutkenhaus was selected as WilmerHale’s 2019 Pickering fellow and spent six months at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) working toward the organization’s mission of using legal action, research and communications to reduce the influence of money in politics and help foster a government that is ethical and accountable. During her fellowship, Ms. Lutkenhaus gained substantial experience filing and litigating requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

Ms. Lutkenhaus maintains an active pro bono practice. She currently represents a pro bono client in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, alleging numerous violations of the American Convention for Human Rights. Recently, Ms. Lutkenhaus also successfully represented a veteran seeking benefits under the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Family Caregivers Program. 

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  • Education

    • JD, Columbia Law School, 2014

      Articles Editor, Columbia Law Review, Irell and Manella Prize, James Kent Scholar

    • BS, Biology; second major in Political Science with distinction, Duke University, 2010

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • New York

    • United States Court of Federal Claims

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Lucy H. Koh, US District Court for the Northern District of California, 2015 - 2016

    • The Hon. Duane Benton, US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2014 - 2015