Luke J. Gilman
Luke Gilman is a trial and arbitration attorney who focuses on resolving complex disputes in a variety of industries. Luke has developed particular areas of focus in international and domestic arbitration, media-related and technology-related disputes, and internal investigations, in addition to a general commercial and contract litigation practice.
Luke’s experience in arbitration includes awards under AAA, ICC, ICDR, and UNCITRAL rules in varied locals such as London, New York, and Mexico City. He has also represented media defendants in a number of media disputes in Texas, California, New York, Florida, and Utah. Luke is also frequently called on to handle issues involving technology such as commercial disputes between technology companies, information security practices, fraud involving electronic systems, overseeing computer forensic investigations in support of internal investigations and investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), and managing defensible and efficient electronic discovery. Prior to law school, Luke worked for eight years in the field of information technology.
Luke remains active as an alumnus of the University of Houston Law Center, serving as faculty for NITA Deposition Training Courses, and coaching moot court teams in national competitions, and in 2017, was invited to address the incoming class of 1Ls as they began their law school career.
Luke is also active in publishing articles on various legal issues in his areas of practice and has served as an editor of the international arbitration publications the World Arbitration and Mediation Review (WAMR) and is the executive editor of the ITA in Review. Luke also serves as the Young Member Group chair for the Chartered Institute of International Arbitrators.
Luke is also active in the community, having served as a volunteer prosecutor for the City of Houston and serving on the board of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HisBA) and on the Advisory Board of the Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center, where he was formerly Program Director for two years while in law school. Luke remains active in legal issues affecting children, including juvenile defense, education, foster care, and human trafficking.
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Houston
M.B.A., Rice University
J.D., University of Houston Law Center
- Order of the Barristers
- Distinguished Service Award
- Moot Court Board
- National Order of the Scribes
- Houston Law Review, Internet Publishing Editor; awarded “Best Paper in an Emerging Area of Law” and “Most Outstanding Contribution by a Third Year Member”
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- Along with Jackson Walker partners Chip Babcock and Amanda Zimmerman, Luke represented a Texas District Court Judge before a Special Court of Review appointed by the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and obtained a complete exoneration for her use of social media to educate the public about proceedings in her courtroom. In re Slaughter, 480 S.W.3d 842, 845 (Tex. Spec. Ct. Rev. 2015).
- Along with Jackson Walker partners John Edwards and Amanda Bush, Luke represented a local newspaper on appeal in a widely-publicized libel case. The judgment against the newspaper was vacated by the Texas First Court of Appeals, a win that was affirmed by the Texas Supreme Court. Brady v. Klentzman, 515 S.W.3d 878 (Tex. 2017), reh’g denied (June 2, 2017).
- Along with Jackson Walker partner Kent Sullivan, Luke represented an offshore drilling company in ICDR arbitration proceedings in a breach of contract dispute.
Along with Jackson Walker partner Richard Griffin, Luke represented a leading cosmetics company in breach of fiduciary duty claims against its former Chief Technology Officer.
- Along with Jackson Walker partners Amy Baird and Richard Howell, Luke represented a midstream company in a AAA arbitration proceeding.
Along with Jackson Walker partner John Edwards, Luke represented an oil field services company in pursuing theft of trade secrets and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims in federal court in Houston against a former executive.
- Along with Jackson Walker partner Chip Babcock, Luke represented the Dr. Phil Show and obtained early dismissal of claims in federal court in Utah.
Along with Jackson Walker partner Jeff Burbach, Luke represented an oil and gas consulting company in ICC arbitration proceedings against a major oil and gas producer in a breach of contract dispute.
- While working full-time through law school, Luke served as President of the Evening Law Student Association, was appointed to the Moot Court Board and represented the law school in a number of moot court competitions, winning best brief in the Southwest regional Jessup International Law Moot. He also served as a member of the Houston Law Review, where he received awards for “Best Paper in an Emerging Area of Law” and “Most Outstanding Contribution by a Third Year Member.” Upon graduation, Luke was awarded the “Distinguished Service Award” by a vote of the law school faculty.
- The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.), Commercial Litigation, 2021-2023
- Texas Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2023
- President’s Award, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HisBA), 2018
- Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers – Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, 2015-2020
- Co-Chair of Houston Bar Association’s Law Week Committee, 2017-2018
- Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2016
- Life Fellow, Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, 2014
- “Private Juries Within the Arbitration Framework: A Third Path In Dispute Resolution,” Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, Vol. 21, No. 457 (2021)
- “Texas Adapts Rules for Service of Lawsuits to the New Reality of How We Communicate,” Jackson Walker Insights (August 2020)
- Kent Sullivan & Luke Gilman, “Creative Places to Find a Smoking Gun: New Forms of E-Discovery,” Today’s General Counsel (2017)
- Developments in Fifth Circuit Civil Procedure Law
- 2015-2016, 49 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 613 (2017)
- 2014-2015, 48 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 651 (2016)
- 2013-2014, 47 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 449 (2015)
- 2012-2013, 46 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 699 (2014)
- 2011-2012, 45 Tex. Tech L. Rev. (2013)
- 2010-2011, 44 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 939 (2012)
- 2009-2010, 43 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 989 (2011)
- Globalaw, Globalaw Litigation Guide
- “Ethics Corner: ABA Weighs In on Ethical Boundaries of Social Media Research on Jurors in Voir Dire,” MediaLawLetter (2014)
- Chip Babcock & Luke Gilman, “Use of Social Media in Voir Dire,” 60 The Advocate 44, Fall (2012)
- “Diversifying the Legal Profession, One Student at a Time,” Jackson Walker Fast Takes Podcast (July 2020)
- “How Texas Courts Are Becoming Expert Zoom Users,” Jackson Walker Fast Takes Podcast (April 2020)
- “Blockchain: A Legal Perspective” presented at the SWALL/HALL Joint Conference, Houston, Texas (April 6, 2018)
- “Keeping the Oath You Take: An Address to New Law Students” University of Houston Law Center (2017)
- Panel Presentation, “The Ethics of Jury Cyberstalking,” Kansas University School of Law 27th Annual Media & the Law Seminar (2014)
In the News
- “The penalty for wrongfully cremating grandma can be severe, but one attorney takes it to a new level,” Houston Chronicle (August 29, 2018)
- Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HisBA), Board of Directors
- Globalaw, Leadership Programme
- Houston Committee on Foreign Relations (HCFR)
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
- Garland Walker Inn of Court
- Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), Advisory Board
- Houston International Arbitration Club (HIAC)
- Covenant House Texas, Young Professionals Board
- Grace Bible Church, Partner
- Chinquapin Preparatory School, Board of Directors
- Wesley Community Center, Board Member
- Greater Houston Partnership, Business Resource Group–Talent Resources Group
September 19, 2023Attorney News
Each year, less than 5% of attorneys in Texas are named to the list. Selection is based off of peer nominations that are then reviewed by a research team. Each nominee is evaluated on his or her professional accomplishments, peer recognition, and community involvement.
August 17, 2023Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 287 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2024 Edition, Including 12 “Lawyers of the Year” and 80 “Ones to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 287 Jackson Walker attorneys across 5 offices and 82 specialty practice areas in its 2024 edition, including 12 Lawyers of the Year and 80 Ones to Watch. In this year’s guide, Jackson Walker saw the largest number of attorneys in the areas of Commercial Litigation (66 attorneys) and Real Estate Law (60 attorneys) and the addition of 35 attorneys as Best Lawyers.
August 18, 2022Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 214 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2023 Edition, Including 11 “Lawyers of the Year” and 41 “Ones to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 214 Jackson Walker attorneys across 6 offices and 79 specialty practice areas in its 2023 edition, including 11 Lawyers of the Year and 41 Ones to Watch. Best Lawyers listings are based on an exhaustive peer review survey of thousands of attorneys who vote on the legal abilities of others in their practice areas.
April 21, 2022Newsletters
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February 7, 2022Insights
By Luke Gilman | Though under some circumstances mundane or recurring events such as “freezing weather” can constitute “acts of God,” the “pricing fluctuation” or “market conditions” that often accompany these events do not, unless specifically included within the scope of the force majeure clause. As a result, courts in Texas and other jurisdictions, when addressing questions of force majeure in the context of gas supply contracts, have undertaken a case-by-case analysis to force majeure based on the language of the contracts and the unique circumstances of each event.
October 5, 2021Newsletters
View Jackson Walker’s October 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter, Perspectives.
August 19, 2021Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 178 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2022 Edition, Including 8 “Lawyers of the Year” and 31 “Ones to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 178 Jackson Walker attorneys across 6 offices and 67 specialty practice areas in its 2022 edition, including 8 Lawyers of the Year and 31 Ones to Watch. Best Lawyers listings are based on an exhaustive peer review survey of thousands of attorneys who vote on the legal abilities of others in their practice areas.
June 15, 2021Insights
As state and federal courts struggled with scheduling civil cases amid the COVID-19 pandemic, parties resorted to arbitration to speed up the resolution of their disputes. In an article contributed to Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, Jackson Walker partners Lionel M. Schooler and Luke Gilman discussed the flexibility arbitration offers parties, the logistics of such a procedure, and enforceability of an arbitration award.
October 30, 2020Newsletters
Featuring “US Supreme Court Grabs Attention of Tech Giants as Past Immunity Granted by Section 230 Is Called Into Question,” “Establishment of Press Council Marks Milestone in Reform Process,” “The First Amendment Is the Soul of Our Democracy,” “Here We Are Now, Entertain Us,” and Firm-related news and highlights.