Luke C. Tompkins

Construction and Commercial Litigation Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9176 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Luke's litigation practice focuses on commercial and construction litigation and disputes before the North Carolina Business Court. 

Prior to joining the firm's Raleigh office, Luke served as a full-time law clerk for the Honorable Gregory P. McGuire in the North Carolina Business Court.  He held many clerkships throughout law school, including clerking for William E. Britt, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, the Honorable Gregory P. McGuire, NC Business Court, as well as serving as a judicial intern for NC Court of Appeals Judge Donna Stroud and Judge Mark Davis.  Additionally, Luke worked as a Summer Associate for Ward and Smith, drafting affidavits and briefs in support of motions to dismiss, and producing memoranda on a variety of complex issues ranging from homeowners' association disputes, labor and employment law, trusts and estates, and corporate law. 

Luke earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Campbell University School of Law, where he finished in the top 10% of his class.  Before attending law school, Luke attained his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from North Carolina State University.


  • J.D., cum laude, Campbell University School of Law, 2018; Campbell Law Review, Articles Editor
  • B.A., cum laude, North Carolina State University, 2013

Representative Experience

Luke's construction, commercial business, and real estate litigation experiences include: 

  • Representing construction clients in the prosecution and defense of payment, defect, delay, extra work, bond, and lien claims, including representation of clients in litigation arising from major commercial construction projects with amounts in dispute in excess of $1 million.
  • Representing commercial business clients in the prosecution and defense of claims related to corporate governance disputes, shareholder disputes, limited liability company disputes, the protection of trade secrets and confidential business information, non-compete agreements, unfair and deceptive trade practice claims, and complex contractual disputes, including disputes involving licensing agreements, trademark usage and ownership agreements, and other business agreements.
  • Representing property owners, Homeowners Associations, and the government in the prosecution and defense of real property disputes involving easement rights, property use and development rights, partitioning property, inverse condemnation actions for the unlawful taking of property by the government, and direct condemnation actions.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2018
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina

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  • Legal Elite Business North Carolina 2024
  • Super Lawyers 2021
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers 2023
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers 20234

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