Lacy M. Johnson

Partner-in-Charge, Washington, DC IndianapolisWashington, DC
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Lacy is a partner in Taft’s Public Affairs Strategies Group and partner-in-charge of the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Lacy is a preeminent senior lawyer, who served on the Biden-Harris transition team, was a member of Vice President Harris’s Midwest Finance team, and is a trusted advisor and supporter of many Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) leaders and members. In 2021, President Biden appointed him as an At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee.

Prior to his private legal practice, Lacy served as a Lt. Colonel in the Indiana State Police, was a Lt. Commander of the U.S. Naval Intelligence Reserves, and served as the 7th District chairman of the Indiana State Democratic Party and as a delegate for the National Democratic party. He is also the past president of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.


  • Honoree, Indiana 250, IBJ Media (2022)

  • Honoree, Leadership in Law – Lifetime Achievement Award, Indiana Lawyer (2021)

  • Best Lawyers in America, Gaming Law (2005 - present)

  • Honoree, Lawyers of Color's Inaugural Nation's Best List (2019)

  • Recipient, Golden Laurel Award (2016)

  • Honoree, Who's Who in Black Indianapolis (2018)

  • Honoree, Indiana Super Lawyers (2004-2010)

  • Recipient, Sagamore of the Wabash

  • Recipient, Cornerstone Award from Indiana University and IU Foundation, 2018 Partner in Philanthropy

  • AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, Peer Review Rating

All Service Areas


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Purdue University


  • State - Indiana

Professional Affiliations

  • Griffon Corporation

    Board Member

  • Kemper Corporation

    Board Member

  • IUPUI Board of Advisors


  • Indiana University Foundation

    Board Member

  • Old National Bank Advisory Board

    Board Member

  • Eskenazi Health

    Board Member

  • IndyGo

    Board Member

  • Lawyers Counsel of the Indianapolis Civil Liberties Union


  • Krannert School of Management at Purdue University

    Member, Dean's Advisory Council

  • Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute

    Board Member

  • U.S. Democratic Black Caucus PAC Board


  • Congressional Black Caucus Policy Institute


  • Indianapolis Airport Authority

    Past President

  • Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County

    Former Member, Board of Trustees

Community Involvement

  • Downtown Indy

    Co-Chair, Rebuilding and Recovery Committee
    Past Board Member

  • Fort Benjamin Harrison Reuse Authority

    Board Member

  • Skyline Club

    Board Member

  • American Pianists Association

    Board Member

  • Madam Walker Legacy Center

    Board Member

  • Mays Council of Advisors


  • American Red Cross

    Member, National Diversity Advisory Council

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police


  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity


  • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity


  • 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason


  • Democratic National Committee

    At-Large Member

  • Oaks Academy

    Past Board Member

  • Central Indiana Community Foundation

    Board Member

  • The Indianapolis Foundation

    Board Member

  • The William E. English Foundation

    Board Member