Jon L. Fleischaker

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Top Rated Media & Advertising Attorney in Louisville, KY

Kaplan Johnson Abate & Bird LLP
 | 710 West Main Street, 4th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-509-6962
Fax: 502-540-8282
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1970
Practice Areas:
  • Media and Advertising (50%),
  • Business Litigation (50%)

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Attorney Profile

Jon L. Fleischaker is an attorney at Kaplan Johnson Abate and Bird LLP, and he focuses his practice on First Amendment cases and other aspects of media law at both the trial and appellate levels. Located in the firm's office in Louisville, Kentucky, he represents journalists and other print and broadcast media clients throughout the state. Admitted to practice in Kentucky, Mr. Fleischaker is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 6th and 8th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating in recognition of both the high quality of his work and his superb ethics.

Mr. Fleischaker was instrumental in drafting both the Kentucky Open Meetings Act and the Kentucky Open Records Act, and he has handled many disputes related to those pieces of legislation on behalf of his media clients. In recognition of the work that he has done throughout his distinguished career, he has been inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, the only nonjournalist to have ever received that honor. He and his wife are the creators of the Fleischaker-Greene Fund for Excellence in First Amendment issues that supports aspiring journalists who are studying at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Mr. Fleischaker has also served as general counsel to the Kentucky Press Association.

Mr. Fleischaker's community involvement has included his serving as chairman of the board of Jewish Community of Louisville. He is a member of the Louisville Bar Association, and he is a fellow in the American Bar Foundation. His legal education came at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was the editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 1970.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
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Media and Advertising (50%)

Business Litigation (50%)

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Jon Fleischaker

Admitted: 1970, Kentucky

Professional Webpage: https://kaplanjohnsonlaw.com/attorneys/jon-l-fleischaker/

Honors/Awards:

  • Kentucky journalism Hall of Fame
  • Department of Public Advocacy
  • Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender Corporation’s pro bono service award
  • Magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law
  • National Council of Jewish Women’s David Richart Award for outstanding service to the welfare of Kentucky’s children
  • The only Kentucky lawyer listed for media law in The Best Lawyers in America for Kentucky, Mr. Fleischaker was awarded the Bingham Freedom of Information Award in 1999 by the Kentucky Press Association, "The First" prize by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2005, the James Madison Award from the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky in 2007, and he is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.  He was awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 2006 by the Louisville Branch of the NAACP for his pro bono efforts to gain access to records maintained by the Administrative Office of the Courts relating to information regarding race and the operation of the judicial system.
  • Order of the Coif, University of Pennsylvania Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Media Law Resource Center
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • General Counsel, Kentucky Press Association
  • Board Chair, Jewish Community of Louisville
  • Awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 2006 by the Louisville Branch of the NAACP for his pro bono efforts to gain access to records maintained by the Administrative Office of the Courts relating to information regarding race and the operation of the judicial system.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law

Representative Clients:

  • Have represented numerous media outlets for over three decades, including The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times Company, The New York Times Company, Gannett Co., Inc., The Hearst Corporation, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., The Kentucky Press Association, The Associated Press, Paxton Media Group, assorted broadcasting outlets and public relations companies.

Educational Background:

  • Swarthmore College, BA, 1967
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710 West Main Street
4th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-509-6962

Fax: 502-540-8282

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Last Updated: 12/18/2018

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