Jacob L. Zerkle, Associate


As a member of the firm's Tax-Exempt Organizations and Business Law Practice Groups, Jacob devotes his practice to meeting the legal and tax needs of charitable organizations so that these organizations can focus on serving the city of Chicago and beyond.

Jacob advises public charities, private foundations, and social enterprises on a variety of matters, including the following: the corporate formation process, application for recognition of federal tax exemption with the IRS, charitable registration and solicitation, and property and sales tax exemptions. In his practice, Jacob also counsels non-profit organizations on matters related to board governance, unrelated business income, private benefit transactions, and other issues affecting his clients' tax-exempt status.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2013)
    • Valparaiso University Law Review (Editor-in-Chief)
    • National Order of Scribes (Member)
    • Judicial Extern in the Northern District of Indiana for the Honorable Judge Paul R. Cherry and Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen
  • Moody Bible Institute (B.A., 2009)
    • Major: Applied Linguistics
    • Minor: Bible

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Illinois State Bar Association (Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Member)
  • Christian Legal Society (Member)
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid (Volunteer)
  • Fixed Abode (Volunteer)
  • Hope for Chicago (Member of Board of Directors)