Lucus A. Ritchie

Lucus Ritchie is a partner in Pierce Atwood's Litigation Practice Group. Lucus' practice covers a wide variety of complex commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis on class action defense and energy litigation. Lucus regularly appears in federal and state trial courts throughout the country, and also represents clients in arbitrations, mediations and contested administrative proceedings. In each case, Lucus focuses on developing a detailed understanding of his client's business and its goals, and uses advocacy and creativity in order to obtain favorable results in a practical and efficient manner.

Lucus' recent representations include defending a top 10 U.S. bank in a series of class action lawsuits related to the bank's overdraft fee practices consolidated in MDL proceedings in South Carolina and Florida; defending a national check processing company against consumer class action lawsuits consolidated in MDL proceedings in Maine; representing former nuclear generating plants in lawsuits seeking recoveries from the U.S. Department of Energy for its refusal to remove spent nuclear fuel from the plants' sites; and serving as trial counsel to a California state agency in ongoing FERC litigation challenging long-term power contracts executed during the Western energy crisis.

Practice Areas

Representative Experience
  • Represents national bank in two MDL proceedings involving consolidated overdraft fee class actions.
  • Represents regional bank in federal overdraft fee class action.
  • Defeated class certification of tag-along cases in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act MDL proceeding.
  • Represents California Public Utilities Commission in ongoing litigation before FERC concerning the 2000-01 Western energy crisis. See Pub. Utils Comm’n of Cal. v. Sellers of Long-Term Contracts, 155 FERC ¶ 63,004 (2016) (initial decision finding that CPUC and other California complainants made necessary showing that Mobile-Sierra presumption does not apply to two long-term contracts based on findings of market manipulation, fraud and public harm in excess of $1 billion).
  • Represents former nuclear generating plants in cases filed in the Federal Court of Claims seeking nine-figure recovery from the Department of Energy for its refusal to remove spent nuclear fuel from the plants' sites.