Luke O. Brooks

Luke O. Brooks


Our approach is practical and effective. We pursue and expose the truth to recover investor losses.


Luke Brooks is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s securities litigation practice group in the San Diego office. He focuses primarily on securities fraud litigation on behalf of individual and institutional investors, including state and municipal pension funds, Taft-Hartley funds, and private retirement and investment funds.

Luke served as trial counsel in Jaffe v. Household International in the Northern District of Illinois, a securities class action that obtained a record-breaking $1.575 billion settlement after 14 years of litigation, including a six-week jury trial in 2009 that resulted in a verdict for plaintiffs. Other prominent cases recently prosecuted by Luke include Fort Worth Emps.’ Ret. Fund v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., in which plaintiffs recovered $388 million for investors in J.P. Morgan residential mortgage-backed securities, and a pair of cases – Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. (“Cheyne”) and King County, Washington v. IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG (“Rhinebridge”) – in which plaintiffs obtained a settlement, on the eve of trial in Cheyne, from the major credit rating agencies and Morgan Stanley arising out of the fraudulent ratings of bonds issued by the Cheyne and Rhinebridge structured investment vehicles. Reuters described the settlement as a “landmark” deal and emphasized that it was the “first time S&P and Moody’s have settled accusations that investors were misled by their ratings.” An article published in Rolling Stone magazine entitled “The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis” similarly credited Robbins Geller with uncovering “a mountain of evidence” detailing the credit rating agencies’ fraud. Most recently, Luke served as lead counsel in Smilovits v. First Solar, Inc., and obtained a $350 million settlement on the eve of trial. The settlement is fifth-largest PSLRA settlement ever recovered in the Ninth Circuit.

Luke has been named a Litigation Star, California - Litigation Star, Local Litigation Star, and State Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, and a Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500. He has also been named a Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer by Lawdragon. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco, where he was also a member of the University of San Francisco Law Review. During law school, Luke externed for the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.


  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2023-2024
  • California - Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2024
  • Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer, Lawdragon, 2019-2024
  • Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2017-2018, 2020
  • California Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2019
  • State Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2019
  • Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500, 2017-2018

Practice Areas


University of San Francisco, J.D., 2000

  • Member, University of San Francisco Law Review

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A., 1997


  • California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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