Luke Fenchel

Lecturer, Department of Politics
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Legal Studies

Phone:(607) 274-1079
Office:401 Park Center
Ithaca, NY 14850


B.A., Harvard College, 1999

J.D., Cornell Law School, 2005


Admitted to the Bar: New York State, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York


Luke Z. Fenchel currently lectures in the Legal Studies Department at the Business School on Entertainment Law and International Law.

He has also guest-lectured in law, business, and journalism at the Roy H. Park School of Communications and Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences; and regularly serves as on-campus adviser to students in the Administrative Hearing process at Ithaca College’s Office of Judicial Affairs.

Luke is a practicing attorney in Ithaca with the law firm Holmberg, Galbraith & Miller, LLP. He has a diverse “consumer” civil and criminal practice that includes family and matrimonial law, real estate transactions, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant matters, and criminal defense, including DWI and even traffic tickets. He also regularly works with local small businesses ranging from restaurants, wineries, and boutiques to contractors, dentists, and plumbers. Even before he joined Holmberg, Galbraith & Miller, Luke’s practice focused on intellectual property, litigation and contractual work: licensing agreements, contracts, and trademark.

Before he went to law school Luke worked as a journalist and policy analyst. He’s published with the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Orange County Register. Locally he’s written for both the Ithaca Journal and the Ithaca Times, as well as for Cornell Magazine. For most of that time he wrote features and covered entertainment and the arts; for the last two years, he’s been the (Ithaca) Times’ chief restaurant critic.

Luke is admitted to practice in New York, and on the U.S. District Court of New York, Northern District. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1999, and Cornell Law School in 2005. 

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