Michael E. Lackey

Antitrust & Competition, Global Investigations & White Collar Defense, Electronic Discovery & Information Governance

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


Mike Lackey previously served on Mayer Brown' global Management Committee, 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, government contracts, and competition cases.  


Mike has defended companies and individuals for more than 30 years in some of the country’s highest profile matters. These matters have included mass torts and multi-jurisdictional litigation against private litigants, state attorneys general, and regulatory agencies, often involving billions of dollars in potential liability and intense public scrutiny. These cases typically involve large budgets and are closely monitored by the client’s senior leadership, requiring very effective communication and reporting.

Most recently, Mike led the defense of a large multinational corporation embroiled in high-profile mass tort litigation that attracted both national and international attention. The litigation involved thousands of cases brought by private plaintiffs and a state attorney general, and included class and individual actions in both federal and state courts.

Formação Acadêmica

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