John Jacob Lively

Jacob focuses on complex commercial litigation matters including contract disputes, foreclosures and trust litigation. He also advises churches and faith-based organizations to ensure they can focus on serving their communities instead of on legal matters.

Professional Experience

John Jacob Lively focuses his practice in commercial litigation. His growing practice centers on breach of contract litigation, banking and commercial lending, creditors’ rights and collections, and bankruptcy.

Lively earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law. During his law school career, he served as Executive Editor for the Journal of Food Law & Policy and as Vice-Chair of the Board of Advocates. Additionally, Lively was active in the Christian Legal Society and participated as a member of the school’s American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition team, competing for Arkansas in Seattle, Washington.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association and the Debtor-Creditor Bar of Central Arkansas.


Lively was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. He attended Hooks High School (Hooks, TX), where he graduated valedictorian. While earning his Biology degree with minors in Chemistry and Business at Ouachita Baptist University, Lively served as Student Senate President and Co-President of the Ouachita Student Foundation. Since 2013, he has been an active private pilot. He and his wife, Gracie, reside in Little Rock.

Jacob wears many hats! In addition to being a member of the Hat Club of Little Rock, he serves as Chair of the Ouachita Baptist University Young Alumni Board, as secretary of the Downtown Little Rock Kiwanis Club, and on the board for Community Connections.


Lively was selected by his law school colleagues to receive the Bogle-Sharp Award, given annually to the graduate most likely to succeed in the legal profession, and was chosen to be the Class Speaker at the Law School Commencement Ceremony.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Tri-Lakes edition featured Lively as one of the “20 to Watch in 2012.” Furthermore, he was named as the Senior Outstanding Man by the faculty at Ouachita Baptist University and was voted by his classmates as the Most Outstanding Senior Man for the Class of 2012.

Community Involvement

Lively attends New Life Church-Greater Little Rock. He also serves as Chair of the Young Alumni Advisory Board for Ouachita Baptist University.

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