Spikes received a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1972. Spikes was selected to receive the Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford from 1972–1974. Following Oxford, Spikes attended Harvard Law School where he received his law degree in 1977.
Currently a senior partner at McKenna, Long & Aldridge, based in the firm’s Atlanta office, Jesse Spikes is a corporate lawyer who focuses his practice on corporate transactions, governance and compliance, internal investigations and audits, as well as special committee representations. He also works with businesses in the area of advertising and marketing law, including the negotiation of endorsements and the preparation of licensing agreements. He was a candidate in the 2009 City of Atlanta mayoral race.