A South Georgia native, Jonathan Lockwood has been a public defender throughout his legal career. Prior to starting with the Brunswick Judicial Circuit in 2012, Lockwood served as an assistant public defender in the Middle Judicial Circuit where he served as lead trial attorney on several felony cases. Lockwood obtained his law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA where he graduated cum laude, served as a member of the school's Moot Court Executive Board, and was awarded the Virginia Trial Lawyer's Litigation Award for having the highest academic average in his class in litigation focused coursework. While attending Washington and Lee, Lockwood interned with Kentucky's Department of Public Advocacy where he assisted lawyers in Kentucky's indigent defense system. Before law school, Lockwood graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia obtaining degrees in History and Philosophy.