Michael Lackey is described as "fantastic, with an intellectual approach and great litigation experience" and "the perfect role model for what lawyers should be." Clients appreciate his ability to “identify, weigh and navigate risk “ and “he is excellent, always responsive and efficient.” He "carries himself well in the courtroom" and "commands respect from both peers and clients."
Chambers USA 2014-2016


Mike Lackey serves on Mayer Brown' global Management Committee. He previously served on the firm’s global Partnership Board, as lead of the global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and as the Partner-in-Charge of the Washington, DC office. Mike also serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), and he was one of six men first named to serve on that Board. He currently serves WILEF as its Deputy Global Chairperson for Gold Standard Certification. Mike practices both civil and criminal litigation, focusing in particular on complex antitrust, cartel, and competition cases.  In his more than 20 years of private practice, Mike has represented major companies and individuals in numerous state and federal proceedings, including multi-district and class actions with billions of dollars of potential liability at stake.  He has also represented clients in grand jury proceedings and governmental investigations (including congressional investigations), using his experience as a former federal prosecutor in the Office of Independent Counsel David M. Barrett.

In addition to being an accomplished litigator, Mike is nationally recognized for his knowledge of electronic discovery issues and co-leads the firm's Electronic Discovery & Information Governance practice. He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors to the Georgetown University Law School Advanced E-Discovery Institute, is an Advisory Cabinet Member to The Masters Conference, and is a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production. Chambers USA has recognized Mike as one of the top E-discovery attorneys nationwide since 2010 (the first year when this category was created), and in 2014, it reports that "He knows the area and can navigate through the issues to achieve solutions." Mike is also recognized in this category in Chambers Global. In addition, he is recognized as a Washington DC SuperLawyer® by Thomson Reuters, a DC “Power Player” by SmartCEO magazine, and by The Washington Post magazine as one of the top attorneys in the city. Mike also has been listed for many years in Marquis Who’s Who in the World® and Who’s Who in American Law®.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Mike clerked for the Honorable Jacques Wiener, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also has served as an Associate Independent Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel David M. Barrett. Before entering the legal profession, Mike was a lieutenant in the US Navy and graduated from the "Top Gun" school. He has a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from MIT. Mike has long volunteered for his alma mater, and he currently serves as the Regional Chairperson for the MIT Educational Council. Because of his military, engineering, class action, criminal, and appellate background, Mike is often sought to handle high-profile litigation involving complex technical and legal concepts.


  • Englisch
Electronic Discovery Deskbook


  • Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael, 526 U.S. 137 (1999) (petitioner).
  • Ohio v. Cargill, Incorporated, et al., No. 2012 CV 03-0268 (Ohio) (antitrust) (settled 2015).
  • Schumacher v. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., et al. 515 F.3d 867 (8th Cir. 2008) (class action jury trial; judgment entered for defendants).
  • In re Medtronic, Inc., Sprint Fidelis Leads Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1905.
  • In re Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1869.
  • In re International Air Transportation Surcharge Litigation, MDL No. 1793.
  • In re Publication Paper Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1631.
  • In re CD Minimum Advertised Prices Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1361.
  • In re Polyester Staple Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1516.
  • In re Compact Disc Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1216.
  • In re Commercial Explosives Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1093.
  • In re Citric Acid Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1092.
  • In re High Fructose Corn Syrup Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1087.
  • South Orient Railroad Co., Ltd. v. BNSF, et al. (W.D. Tex.) (antitrust).
  • Kansas v. Crane, 534 U.S. 407 (2002) (amicus).
  • NYNEX Corp. v. Discon, Inc., 525 U.S. 128 (1998) (amicus).
  • Montana v. Egelhoff, 518 U.S. 37 (1996) (amicus).
  • Kansas v. Hendricks, 521 U.S . 346 (1995) (amicus).
  • Dean v. United States, 516 U.S. 1184 (1996) (respondent).
  • Gil v. Reed, 535 F.3d 551 (7th Cir. 2008).
  • ConocoPhillips v. United States, 2007 WL 2741200 (Fed. Cir. 2007).
  • Tesoro Hawaii Corp. v. United States, No. 2007-5022 (Fed. Cir. 2007).
  • Tesoro Hawaii Corp. v. United States, 405 F.3d 1339 (Fed. Cir. 2005).
  • Abbott v. Lockheed Martin Corporation (S.D. Ill.) (putative class action).
  • Murdoch, et al. v. Excel Corp. (D. Ne.) (putative class action, dismissed).
  • American Farm Bureau v. Alabama Farm Bureau, No. 05-C-1443 (N.D. Il. 2005) (civil; summary judgment granted for defendants).
  • In re Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.; Lockheed Martin Sys. Integration-Owego, 2007 WL 776869 (Comp. Gen. 2007), and 2007 WL 2471760 (Comp. Gen. 2007) (Combat Search and Rescue Helicopter).
  • In re Northrop Grumman Sys. Corp., 2007 WL 1080139 (Comp. Gen. 2007) (EQ-36 radar).
  • In re Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., 2006 WL 3457846 (Comp. Gen. 2006) (Joint Cargo Aircraft).
  • In re Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., 2005 WL 502840 (Comp. Gen. 2005) (C-130 AMP).
  • In re Lockheed Martin Corp., 2005 WL 43361 (Comp. Gen. 2005) (Small Diameter Bomb).
  • United States v. Lam (N.D. Tex.) (antitrust criminal).
  • United States v. Medlar (N.D. Tex.) (criminal).
  • United States v. Patsy J. Wooten (N.D. Tex.) (criminal).
  • United States v. Allen R. Wooten (N.D. Tex.) (criminal).


The George Washington University Law School, JD, with high honors
Order of the Coif
Articles Editor, The George Washington Law Review

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS
National Merit Scholar


  • District of Columbia


  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Supreme Court


  • MIT Educational Counsel (2011 to date)
  • Faculty, National Student Leadership Conference, Law & Advocacy Program (2006 to date)
  • Corporate Committee Member, TAPS: the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (2009)
  • Federal Bar Association, Chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, 2003-2006
  • Advisory Board Member, Georgetown University Law Center Advanced E-Discovery Institute, 2006 to date
  • Advisory Cabinet Member, Masters Conference, 2010 to date
  • Advisory Board Member, Strafford Publications, Inc., 2008 to date
  • Member, The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, 2010 to date
  • Member, Council on Litigation Management, 2009 to date
  • Adjunct Professor of Advanced Appellate Advocacy at The George Washington University Law School, 1995 to date
  • Bender Teaching Award Recipient, The George Washington University, 2000