Overview

Luke Westerman advises clients at all levels of the food and agribusiness industry on compliance with the latest legislative and regulatory developments. He also devises comprehensive litigation strategies to help food and agribusiness clients navigate a wide variety of complex litigation matters before state and federal courts.

Luke has represented agricultural retailers, distributors and manufacturers in a broad spectrum of legal challenges, including product liability, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) compliance, and pesticide drift cases. His practical experience operating a family farm and his extensive education in agronomy give him a 360-degree perspective on the issues impacting food and agribusiness clients and inform his empathetic approach to client service.

Past Experience

Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Luke worked for another international law firm in Denver, handling agribusiness and commercial litigation matters. He also gained federal jury trial experience, second-chairing a pro bono civil rights case involving a prisoner.

Military Experience

Prior to attending law school, Luke held the rank of captain in the United States Air Force as a senior director on board the E-3 AWACS aircraft. He deployed multiple times during his active duty service, flying combat missions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Odyssey Dawn/Unified Protector, as well as counter-narcoterrorism missions in South America. He was also stationed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for a year, flying with and training the Royal Saudi Air Force.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Colorado
Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Education

University of Colorado Law School
J.D. Order of the Coif, Law Review (associate editor) (2017)

Iowa State University
M.S. in Agronomy (2012)

University of Minnesota, Duluth
B.A. in Environmental Studies, cum laude (2006)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Consumer Choice or Confusion: That GMO Label Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means
    Author, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Volume 23, Number 2, Summer 2018
  • Digging Up the Dirt: China’s Exploitation of Transgenic Seed Approvals
    Author, University of Colorado Law Review, Volume 88, Issue 1, 2017

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • American Agricultural Law Association

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