John C. Luke, Jr.

  • John C. Luke, Jr. is a Partner at Slater Slater Schulman LLP with over 10 years of legal experience. John has tirelessly represented plaintiffs and defendants in all levels of litigation, with a concentrated focus in the areas of class action lawsuits, employment law, and sexual harassment claims.

    When it comes to working with his clients, John understands the importance of empowering others to tell their stories.  Most clients who seek his representation for employment-related matters have felt neglected and taken advantage of for years, sometimes decades.  Encouraging his clients to share their concerns in a supportive environment allows John to seamlessly guide them through the legal process, providing assurance that their rights will be adequately represented along the way.

    Regarded as an accomplished trial attorney, John has secured some of the firm’s most substantial employment law resolutions to date. He was co-lead counsel in the class action lawsuits In Re Doria Memon Discount Stores Wage & Hour Litigation Vargas v. Call-A-Head, where he secured settlement resolutions for $11 million and $7 million. John has also successfully appealed to the Second Circuit for Shojae v. NYCHHC and represented a New York State employee on behalf of the Attorney General, resulting in dismissal at summary judgment.

    John has litigated cases in a wide variety of industries before state and federal courts across New York State. His background in working with both plaintiffs and defendants renders him a priceless advocate for his clients, possessing extensive knowledge of both sides of the law. In one of his personal career highlights, John’s dedicated efforts found a woman not liable under the faithless servant doctrine after three years of litigation and a bench trial.

    With a primary focus on employment and labor laws, John has represented individual employees and class action lawsuits in both the private and public sectors. John specifically focuses in the areas of discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, professional contracts, defamation, and sexual harassment, and other employment-based litigation matters. He was admitted to the Bar in 2010 and is permitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in New York, including the Second Circuit. He is also permitted to practice law in New Jersey and in the New Jersey Federal District Court.

    Outside of the firm, John is a proud and active member of his community church. He continues his passion for giving back to others as an educational mentor to young men, addressing topics such as high school and college admissions and athletic training.  John can also be found committing his time as a coach of his son’s travel basketball team.

    John graduated with his BA from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1998. He received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 2007, where he acted as an academic excellence tutor and a member of moot court.  Prior to joining Slater Slater Schulman in 2018, John worked within the United States Department of Justice and represented clients for one of the most successful plaintiff employment firms in the tri-state area.


    • American Bar Association




    • New Jersey State
    • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
    • New York State
    • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
    • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
    • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
    • United States District Court, Western District of New York
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • Employment Law
    • National Black Lawyers- Top 100 New York 2021
    • Juris Doctor Degree-  Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.
    • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science- Temple University
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