Linell M. Lukesh, Partner in Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Philadelphia Office, concentrates her practice in the areas of general commercial litigation, utility and corporate law, and special education services. Throughout her more than 25 year career, Ms. Lukesh has successfully defended clients in a wide range of matters, including general liability, restaurant liability, transportation, motor vehicle injury, property damage, products liability, toxic torts, defamation, construction litigation, workers’ compensation, and employment claims on behalf of insureds and self-insured companies. She has litigated cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey state courts, and has represented clients before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. She has extensive knowledge of the workings of individual courts and knows when to be more aggressive and when to hold back so that her arguments are well received by a judge or jury.
Ms. Lukesh’s experience representing utilities in civil real estate litigation includes the enforcement of easements against developers in residential and commercial subdivisions, obtaining injunctions, assisting clients with overhead and underground utility easement issues, and representing utilities in enforcement of easements in county courts, as well as governmental agencies and authorities. She has extensive experience negotiating easement disputes that result in favorable outcomes, saving clients extensive litigation costs. She is well-versed in zoning, land use and eminent domain law and how they intersect the law of easements. She also thoroughly understands and is able to navigate the provisions of the Underground Utility Line Protection Law.
Some of Ms. Lukesh’s more recent experience includes her representation of a telecommunication utility company in a dispute with a land developer, which resulted in our client maintaining its utility poles in place, saving the company significant relocation expenses. She also successfully represented an historic property non-profit organization in obtaining easements from state governments.
Ms. Lukesh has also represented various types of non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in a wide range of corporate, governance, charitable giving and other non-profit issues. She has extensive experience working with non-profits on entity formation and their applications for state and federal tax exempt status. She provides counseling on Board of Directors’ governance issues, fiduciary duties and compliance with state and federal rules and regulations. She also works closely with key organization personnel in order to evaluate the organization’s policies and procedures to ensure ongoing compliance with state and federal laws.
Special Education Services
Prior to beginning her legal career, Ms. Lukesh pursued a career in child care administration. During this time, she served as a federal projects officer in the United States Department of Health & Human Services where she concentrated on evaluating program services to disabled and low-income children and families, including IEP evaluations and providing compliance audits on performance, management and fiscal departments for Head Start programs in a five-state area. Ms. Lukesh established and oversaw the administration of Head Start, a federally-funded non-profit organization, in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties in Pennsylvania.
Today, Ms, Lukesh utilizes these experience to represent school districts, administrative personnel, teachers, and third-party vendors in special education-related matters. She works to implement preventive strategies so her clients can minimize their exposure to legal risk and potential liabilities.
She provides compliance-related consulting services to her clients so they can ensure all they meet regulations under Medicare and Medicaid. These compliance services include training of staff to recognize fraud, waste and abuse, and development of the organization’s compliance plan, as well as evaluating the implementation of said plan. Additionally, when needed, Ms. Lukesh stands ready to represent schools and related institutions in administrative, judicial, due process and other legal proceedings, as well as arbitration and mediation sessions.
Additionally, Ms. Lukesh has served as Solicitor for the West Wyoming Borough Council in Northeastern, PA. For more than 20 years she has provided legal representation and guidance, including assisting the Borough in qualifying for the Pennsylvania Early Intervention Program, and representing the Borough in land use and zoning matters, Collective Bargaining Unit Matters, securing unfunded debt and tax anticipation notes, advising on employment matters, preparing municipal liens and bid packages, and advising the Borough under Act 111 and Act 195 for police and public works department matters.
J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law
B.S., Wilkes University, magna cum laude
B.A., Wilkes University, cum laude
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Pennsylvania
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
Pennsylvania Borough of Solicitor’s Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Luzerne County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Education Law Association
Publications & Press Mentions