John Kerkhoff

Pacific Legal Foundation


John Kerkhoff is an attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF). He is a member of PLF’s separation of powers practice group, where he ensures that federal and state governments operate within their constitutional limits.

Before joining PLF, John worked at a large law firm where he gained extensive litigation experience, covering federal and state courts, federal administrative agencies, and private arbitrations. He then 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 obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Ohio University and a Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt Law School. He was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an en banc editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.


Publications by John Kerkhoff