Erik Jacobs is a highly regarded litigator and transactional attorney in Northern Illinois. He received a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa and his law degree, with honors, from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1991. He was a member of both the Law Review and the National Moot Court Team as well as a Research Assistant for the Dean of the Law School. He spent the first two years of his practice as a law clerk to a Federal Judge in the Northern District of Illinois before moving into private practice where he represented physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. Over the next several years he acquired an affinity for real estate and developed a transactional practice alongside his defense work. Over his nearly 30 years of practice he has represented hundreds of developers, contractors and consumers in residential and commercial real estate transactions and related litigation throughout the area. He spent many years as counsel to the Rockford Area Association of Realtors® (RAAR) and was instrumental in drafting the RAAR and Winnebago County Bar Association (WCBA) Joint Approved Contracts for the purchase and sale of residential, commercial/industrial, and farm properties as well as contracts for new construction and other forms. He currently serves as General Counsel for the Rockford Area Apartment Association. He is a past Chairman of the Real Estate and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of the Winnebago County Bar Association. He has been the Hearing Officer for Winnebago County, Illinois since 1997, where he presides over violations of the County’s Health, Zoning and Building code violation hearings, among other things. He is an active member of the Winnebago County and Illinois State Bar Associations and the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association. Among other civic and charitable activities, he volunteers his time as a board member for the Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity.