Jon L. Fleischaker

Partner
P: (502) 540-2319
F: (502) 585-2207
Jon Fleischaker is Chair of the First Amendment & Media Practice Group. Jon is the former Managing Partner for the Louisville Office. Jon has more than 40 years of experience in media law and First Amendment cases, actively involved in representation of newspapers and broadcasters dealing with publication issues. He has been the most visible attorney in Kentucky in dealing with First Amendment concerns. Jon also has extensive employment litigation experience, including class actions and individual cases. In addition to numerous appellate cases, he also has participated in 99 cases in the U.S. District Courts.

In addition to his law practice, Jon remains active in the community. Most recently, Jon was recognized by the Department of Public Advocacy and the Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender Corporation for his pro bono service in support of the constitutional rights of the poor and needy of Kentucky. In 2008, Jon and his wife, Kim Greene, created the Fleischaker-Greene Fund for Excellence in First Amendment Issues at Western Kentucky University. The fund supports the Fleischaker-Greene Scholars Program and will give top students in the School of Journalism the opportunity to take an advanced special topics class once a year and bring nationally-recognized speakers in journalism and First Amendment issues to Western Kentucky University.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • General Counsel: Kentucky Press Association
  • Media Law Resource Center
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Louisville Bar Association (Board of Directors 1980-81)
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Fellow 
  • American Bar Association
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Board of Directors (1997-2003), Jewish Community Center
  • Kentucky Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee, Treasurer

Distinctions

  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for since 1991
  • Bingham Freedom of Information Award in 1999 by the Kentucky Press Association
  • Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, 2004, only non-journalist ever inducted
  • The James Madison Award for service to the First Amendment, 2007, from The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky
  • "The First" prize by the Society of Professional Journalists, 2005
  • 2006 Meritorious Service Award from the Louisville Branch of the NAACP
  • Selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List
  • Listed in Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial 
  • Named a "Local Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation
  • Goehler First Amendment Defender Award by the Society of Professional Journalists, 2012
  • Named to the “2013 Top Lawyers” list by Louisville Magazine