Jacob C. Walbourn

Jacob C. Walbourn

Lexington, Kentucky
859-231-8780 (ext. 102)

Jacob C. Walbourn joined the Lexington, KY office of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC in 2015 as an Associate. Mr. Walbourn graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2010. Mr. Walbourn practices in the McBrayer real estate department where he focuses his area of practice on planning and zoning law handling a wide variety of land use matters for clients in the private sector. His responsibilities include attending Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment hearings and working with developers, business owners, and government agencies on land use applications, zoning ordinance text amendments, comprehensive plan updates and other land use issues.

He was hired immediately after law school by the Office of Attorney General, Commonwealth of Kentucky as a special attorney. Mr. Walbourn's duties as special attorney included serving as Assistant Project Director for the eWarrants Rural Implementation Grant, which implemented an electronic criminal warrant database in rural jurisdictions across the state.

In 2012, Mr. Walbourn was hired an attorney for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. He served as an attorney for the local government, both in litigation and corporate counsel capacities. His duties as corporate counsel included evaluation of legal issues, preparation of legal memoranda, contract interpretation and evaluation, representation of various boards and commissions (including Board of Architectural Review, Infrastructure Hearing Board, and Arboretum Advisory Board), ensuring compliance with state and federal statutory obligations, preparation and approval of legislation, and assistance with open records and open meetings issues.

Immediately preceding Mr. Walbourn's position at McBrayer; he served as Assistant Attorney General for Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Kentucky. He served in the Office of Civil and Environmental Law, focusing on litigation. Primary practice areas included automobile negligence/insurance defense, civil rights defense, and Constitutional challenges.

Areas of Practice

  • Cell Towers and Wireless Communications Facility Regulation
  • Drafting State and Local Legislation
  • Land Use Law, including planning, zoning and all other planning commission, board of adjustment matters
  • Local Government Law
  • Tax Increment Financing

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2013


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. cum laude - 2010
    • Honors: Recipient of Art Stolnitz Scholarship
    • Honors: Outstanding Achievement in Trial Practice (Fall 2008)
    • Honors: UT Criminal Law Society
    • Honors: Student Bar Association
    • Honors: VITA Certified Volunteer
    • Honors: Jenkins Mock Trial Competition Participant
    • Honors: Student Host Program
    • Honors: Student Mentor Program
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.B.A. summa cum laude - 2006
    • Honors: UK Students Today Alumni Tomorrow
    • Honors: UK Honors Program
    • Honors: UK Sports Marketing Academy
    • Major: Management, Marketing

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2010 - Present
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 2013 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Frankfort, KY, Assistant Attorney General, 2013 - 2015
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Lexington, KY, Attorney, 2012 - 2013
  • Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Frankfort, KY, Special Attorney, 2010 - 2012