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 leads Mayer Brown’s global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. He previously served on Mayer Brown's Partnership Board. 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 defendants in grand jury proceedings and governmental investigations, using his experience as a former federal prosecutor in the Office of Independent Counsel David M. Barrett. Mike serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), and he was one of six partners from global law firms who were the first men ever named to serve on that Board.
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. Mike serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), and he was one of six partners from global law firms who were the first men ever named to serve on that Board. 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. Because of his military, engineering, class action, and appellate background, Mike is often sought to handle litigation where it is necessary to understand and distill complex technical and legal concepts.