Lacy M. Johnson

Partner-in-Charge, Washington, D.C. IndianapolisWashington, D.C.
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Lacy is a partner in Taft’s Public Affairs Strategies Group and partner-in-charge of the firm’s Washington, D.C. 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 leaders and members. In 2021, President Biden appointed him as an At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee. In March 2023, President Biden appointed Lacy to serve on the President’s Export Council which serves as the principal national advisory committee on international trade and advises the President on export trade matters.

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, 100 Black Board Members Making a Difference, BoardProspects (2024)

  • Honoree, Diversity in Law, The Indiana Lawyer (2023)

  • Honoree, Indiana 250, IBJ Media (2022)

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

  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Gaming Law, Government Relations Practice (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

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


  • State - Indiana

Professional Affiliations

  • President's Export Council


  • Griffon Corporation

    Board Member

  • Kemper Corporation

    Board Member

  • IUPUI Board of Advisors


  • Indiana University Foundation

    Board Member

  • Old National Bank Advisory Board

    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

Community Involvement

  • Downtown Indy

    Co-Chair, Rebuilding and Recovery Committee
    Past Board Member

  • Fort Benjamin Harrison Reuse Authority

    Board Member

  • Madam Walker Legacy Center

    Board Member

  • Mays Council of Advisors


  • 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