John Kerkhoff

Attorney

John Kerkhoff works in PLF’s separation of powers practice group, where he helps ensure that federal and state governments stay within their constitutionally defined powers. Through this work, John advances due process rights of individuals and businesses and helps promote government accountability. 

As a former news reporter, John understands the importance of checking people who hold and wield power. This healthy distrust of authority has led him to believe that safeguarding freedom requires constant vigilance—and aggressive enforcement of our rights.     

Prior to joining PLF, John worked at a large law firm, where he gained experience in all matters of litigation from federal and state courts to federal administrative agencies and private arbitrations.   

John clerked for the Honorable Eugene E. Siler Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable Joseph M. Hood of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. During his clerkship with Judge Siler, he worked on cases in the Third, Sixth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as a Supreme Court Original Jurisdiction case.   

John earned a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School. At Vanderbilt, he was elected Order of the Coif and served as an en banc editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review 

John lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he enjoys reading, food, running, rooting for Cincinnati sports teams, and spending time with his wife, two kids, and two dogs (Vizslas). 

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