J. Michael Hearon, Partner


J. Michael Hearon is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Michael focuses his practice on advising and defending financial institutions regarding lender liability and consumer protection issues. He has experience with the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth in Lending Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and various state consumer protection acts. Michael has also successfully handled a wide variety of commercial products liability, catastrophic tort, and insurance bad faith litigation.

In 2013, Michael completed an extended, full-time secondment where he provided guidance and assistance in managing the litigation docket of a multinational corporation. He has first chair trial experience in multiple trials in state and federal courts.

In 2016, Michael was included in the National LGBT Bar Association's 2016 class of the 40 under 40 Best LGBT Lawyers. 

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Georgetown University (M.B.A., 2011)
    • International Management Graduate Program, University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College
  • University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D., 2003)
    • Kentucky Journal for Equine, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Law
  • Transylvania University (B.S., magna cum laude, 1999)
    • Stephen F. Austin Award for Highest First-Year GPA

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Asian American Legal Services - Pro Bono Clinic (Volunteer)
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (Volunteer)
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago
  • University of Kentucky Chicago Alumni Association (Board Member)