Jonathan P. (Jon) Lakey
Jon Lakey has represented individuals, businesses and government entities for nearly 30 years in courts of law all over the country, focusing on complex commercial and municipal litigation. He returned to Burch, Porter & Johnson in 2022, though he began at the firm in 1996 and became a Member in 2001. In between stints at BPJ, he led two smaller firms’ commercial litigation departments.
Over the last two decades, he has helped lead the State of Tennessee through three of the largest institutional reform cases in the history of the state and has worked with the City of Memphis on a number of significant class litigation cases as well. He also worked with Rutherford County in Tennessee on a case involving its juvenile justice system, reaching a settlement after intense litigation that minimized the county’s liability.
Mr. Lakey has been appointed by three different Tennessee governors to serve as Special Counsel to the Tennessee Attorney General’s office in five different cases over the last 20-plus years, all of which were either class actions or cases in which classes were sought.
Mr. Lakey has also represented a number of businesses in federal court litigation.
In addition to his legal work, Mr. Lakey teaches Litigation—Advanced Legal Drafting at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Attending Memphis in May, concerts at the Levitt Shell and Grizzlies games are some of his favorite pastimes, along with spending time with his young adult sons.
Emory & Henry College (B.A., 1989), cum laude
–Inducted into the Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame for football, 2015
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (J.D., 1994)
Mr. Lakey has been an Adjunct Professor at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis from 1995-2000, and again from 2011 to present.
Mr. Lakey has provided legal advice to students at Rhodes College and the University of Memphis at either no charge and/or at reduced rates. He was active in coaching teams in the Memphis Tigers youth baseball organization and at Grace St. Luke’s School, in sum coaching or help to coach over 30 teams (football, basketball and baseball).