BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Mar 18, 2015) -  Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP today announced that Joan A. Lukey, Chair of the firm's Complex Trial & Appellate Litigation Group, has received a top "Band 2" ranking in the U.S. for Litigation: Trial Lawyer in the Chambers Global 2015 rankings. An elite "Band 2" ranking means that Lukey has been identified as among the "world's best" trial lawyers based on in-depth, objective research with thousands of clients and lawyers. This is the sixth consecutive year that Lukey has received a top band ranking on the prestigious Chambers Global list.

A preeminent trial lawyer, Lukey has tried complex business, products liability, professional liability, personal injury, First Amendment, and other cases in state and federal court in Massachusetts and around the country. She has tried over 100 jury trials, and numerous bench trials and arbitrations in all aspects of business disputes. She is also an accomplished appellate lawyer, having argued approximately 60 federal and state appeals. 

Choate's Complex Trial & Appellate Litigation Group represents both plaintiffs and defendants in resolving their most challenging business disputes through litigation -- including trials, arbitrations, appeals, and settlements representation -- before federal and state trial and appellate courts and government agencies and in arbitrations. The group includes 18 seasoned trial lawyers with significant courtroom experience, and draws upon Choate's deep bench of litigators from other groups, including experts in antitrust, breach of fiduciary duty, complex contracts, constitutional law, construction, consumer class actions, False Claims Act matters, government actions, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury, products liability, professional negligence, real estate, tort claims, and trade secrets.

Lukey is a past President of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and was the first woman ever to hold this position. She is also a past President of the Boston Bar Association, and has served twice as a Massachusetts Special Assistant Attorney General. Lukey has been named in The Best Lawyers in America for the past 20 years, a Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 10 years, one of "America's 50 Top Women Litigators" by The National Law Journal, and one of the "35 most influential judges and lawyers in Massachusetts over the past 35 years" by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Lukey received her J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Boston College Law School in 1974, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Smith College in 1971. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; and the U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire.

The Chambers Guides have been ranking the best lawyers and law firms since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Widely considered to be the most reputable directories in the world, inclusion in Chambers is based solely on the findings of its research teams, who conduct extensive, confidential interviews with thousands of lawyers and clients to identify the leading lawyers and law firms worldwide. Lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best, on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. 

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, one of the nation's leading law firms, is consistently recognized for excellence by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, The Legal 500, World's Leading Lawyers, International Who's Who of Lawyers, and Expert Guides. With all of its lawyers under one roof, Choate focuses on a core group of areas where it represents clients across the United States and internationally and provides exceptional efficiency, service and value. Choate's areas of focus include high stakes litigation, private equity and M&A, intellectual property, life sciences, technology companies, finance & restructuring, government enforcement & compliance, insurance/reinsurance, and wealth management.

Contact Information:

Kristen Weller
Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
(617) 248-4001

Amy Blumenthal
Blumenthal & Associates
(617) 879-1511