Luke C. MacDowall represents employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, handling a diverse array of employment law matters. He focuses on litigation matters at the pre-trial and trial stages. Luke has extensive trial and oral advocacy experience, handling single and multiplaintiff actions in state and federal courts. He also regularly carries matters to conclusion on appeal.  

Luke is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Luke represents and counsels employers in cases arising under federal and state laws, including:

  • Discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religious, sex, age, or disability
  • Harassment in the workplace
  • Retaliation, including workers' compensation retaliation
  • Claims for unemployment insurance benefits
  • Wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Unfair competition and trade secrets

He further assists employers with responding to administrative charges of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and with abiding by best practices in:

  • Reviewing and drafting employee handbooks and policies
  • Hiring, performance management, and termination
  • Assessing employee accommodation requests to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

During law school, Luke was an editorial staff member for the Wake Forest Business & Intellectual Property Law Journal. He also competed on the school’s National Moot Court and National Trial teams.

Prior to joining Littler, Luke was an associate in the employment and workers’ compensation practice group of a well-respected firm in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Labor and Employment Law Section

North Carolina Bar Association


Labor and Employment Law Section

Texas State Bar Association

Former Barrister

The Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court

Former Officer

Forsyth County, North Carolina Young Lawyers Association


Named, Ones to Watch

The Best Lawyers in America®


Order of the Barristers

Named, Champion

Zeliff Trial Competition


Recipient, “Best Oralist” Award

George K Walker Moot Court Competition



Collegiate National Debate Tournament


Speaking Engagements

2022 Houston Regional Employer Conference

Houston, TX

October 6, 2022

2021 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

October 26, 2021

Riding the Paid Sick Leave Wave: An Update on Texas Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

27th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, The University of Texas School of Law

May 7, 2020

Coming August 1, 2019: Preparing for the Texas Paid Sick Leave Wave

July 17, 2019


  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2011cum laude
  • B.A., Trinity University, 2007magna cum laude

Bar Admission

North Carolina


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina