Zachary Jacobs

Zachary Jacobs

A seasoned litigator with extensive experience in a wide range of consumer protection matters, Zachary Jacobs currently focuses on complex class action litigation, with a particular emphasis on emissions cases.

Zach has been involved in consumer protection law since 2007, when he began working at a small Chicago law firm that specialized in financial consumer protection, including claims arising under the Truth in Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

For several years thereafter, Zach practiced at a small boutique firm specializing in nationwide consumer class actions, where he represented plaintiffs across the country in heavy-duty truck emissions cases. Among the notable cases he handled was the Caterpillar ACERT lawsuit in which he secured a settlement for $60 million. Zach also represented consumers in nationwide litigation involving excessive helicopter ambulance charges, fraudulent utility charges, and defective products.

A graduate of the University of South Dakota, Zach earned his law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and won the 2005 Ilana Diamond Rovner Award for outstanding appellate advocacy. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, the District of Colorado, and the Eastern District of Michigan.


  • Illinois State Bar


  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan

Practice Areas



Practice Areas

Wills & Estates

Our attorneys understands how critical it is that business owners prepare for retirement or unforeseen circumstances in a way that provides for their financial well-being and the continuity of their companies.


When disputes arise, our seasoned litigators provide exceptional advocacy grounded in holistic strategies designed to achieve each client’s overall business, financial, and personal goals.

Labor Law

Whether before a hearing board, in the courtroom, or at the negotiating table, our labor lawyers leverage their considerable advocacy and negotiating skills to advance and protect our clients’ interests.

About us

Student Mental Health and Social Media

Partner Michael Innes wrote an article titled “Why New Jersey school districts are filing lawsuits against social media companies, which is featured in the New Jersey School Board Association Reader Forum: Student Mental Health and Social Media.

Chrysler Owners Win Cert. Of 6M Class In Takata Airbag MDL

A judge has certified a class of roughly 6 million Fiat Chrysler vehicle owners who assert fraud claims against FCA US in sprawling multidistrict litigation accusing automakers of hiding the risks associated with allegedly explosive Takata airbags.
The 74

Carella Byrne’s Michael Innes Featured in Recent The 74 Article

Innes was featured in recent article titled Teen Mental Health Crisis Pushes More School Districts to Sue Social Media Giants. “The harms caused by social media companies have impacted the districts’ ability to carry out their core mission of providing education.”

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