Lucinda Luetkemeyer is an attorney at Graves Garrett LLC. She represents clients in a wide range of litigation, including complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, professional liability, and government enforcement matters. With experience representing elected officials, candidates, committees, and nonprofit groups, Lucinda counsels clients on compliance with ethics and campaign finance laws. She also represents clients facing civil and criminal enforcement actions brought by state and federal officials.
Lucinda rejoined Graves Garrett LLC after most recently serving as general counsel to Missouri’s governor. As the administration’s top lawyer, she was the chief legal officer for the executive branch, providing legal counsel to the governor, executive staff, and cabinet officials. She oversaw and served as liaison to the general counsels of the more than 20 state agencies, boards, and commissions in the executive branch. Lucinda conducted internal investigations and developed and implemented administration-wide policies involving the Sunshine Law, ethics, and compliance; coordinated the response of the office and executive agencies to investigations and enforcement actions; and oversaw and managed major litigation in conjunction with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.
As counsel to the governor, Lucinda managed the governor’s judicial appointments process, overseeing the appointment of nearly 40 judges to Missouri trial and appellate courts. She led a team of lawyers who advised the governor and cabinet officials on an array of legal issues, including the constitutionality of legislation, executive orders, vetoes, appointments, federal initiatives, and disaster declarations.
In addition to serving as the governor’s liaison to the Office of Administration and the Department of Corrections, Lucinda advised the governor on criminal justice issues, including executions and requests for pardons and executive clemency.
Prior to her government service, Lucinda represented clients in Graves Garrett’s free speech, election law, and white collar litigation matters. She has experience at all stages of litigation, from conducting discovery to serving as trial counsel.
Lucinda was honored by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as an “Up & Coming” lawyer in 2019, and in 2020, she was recognized as one of Kansas’ City’s “40 under Forty” business leaders by Ingram’s Magazine. In addition, she has been named a “Rising Star” by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers.
Lucinda began her career as a law clerk to the Hon. Duane Benton at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She graduated first in her class from the University of Missouri School of Law. Before law school, Lucinda graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with degrees in news-editorial journalism and political science. She is also a graduate of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy.
A native of southwest Missouri, Lucinda lives in Parkville with her husband, Tony.