- J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
- M.B.A., Keller Graduate School of Management, with Distinction
- B.S., Kansas State University
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- Martindale-Hubbell®, "AV" rating
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- Franchise Forum ABA
As Chair, Jay leads Kutak Rock’s 14-person Executive Committee and oversees the firm’s overall management, governance and representation. He guides and implements the firm’s strategic plan with a continued focus on growth and opportunities to serve clients’ needs. Jay’s mission for Kutak Rock is to “partner with our clients and identify and deliver the legal service they require, while also advancing our business processes and service offerings to keep pace in an ever-evolving industry.”
Jay was appointed Chair of Kutak Rock in September 2017. He joined the firm in 2007 and has served on its Executive Committee since 2014. He was managing partner of the firm’s Kansas City office from 2014 to 2017, overseeing the 36-attorney office.
Jay has more than 30 years of corporate law experience and has served as national counsel to several auto finance companies, handling loan documentation, workouts, bankruptcy and other litigation, as well as nationwide litigation management.
In 2018, after more than 30 years of military service, Jay retired from the Kansas Air National Guard as a Brigadier General. He was the assistant Adjutant General-Air, and Commander, Kansas Air National Guard.
Jay is a veteran KC-135 pilot. He flew in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in recovering a badly damaged aircraft. He has flown in support of numerous other operations, including Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Throughout his career, Jay has represented corporations, financial institutions and manufacturers in a wide range of matters pertaining to commercial credit and lending, real estate loans and transactions and the representation of creditors in bankruptcy. He has particular expertise in dealing with automotive finance and franchise issues, and regularly represented lenders and franchisors in commercial transactions and bankruptcy matters across the country.