Jonathan Hwang is an associate attorney serving the law firm’s broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations and other clients. His work includes assisting clients with nonprofit development and governance, tax compliance, and religious liberty risk mitigation. Jonathan also provides litigation-related solutions to our clients, including administrative appeals and tax proceedings. Throughout his legal services, Jonathan strives to help nonprofit organizations fulfill their missions to build, improve, and transform civil society.
Jonathan’s rich and varied background equips him well to understand and effectively promote our clients’ best interests, including active engagement with the nonprofit sector, rigorous academic training, and litigation experience in the trenches of the criminal justice system. He has also designed websites and conducted scholarly research. Jonathan’s varied volunteer experience includes spending time with the regional chapter of a national nonprofit project management professional organization and leading several different church ministries. Jonathan has also spoken numerous times for churches and nonprofit organizations on issues surrounding organizational operations, faith in the workplace, and interdisciplinary and ecumenical cooperation for the sake of human flourishing.
Prior to joining Wagenmaker & Oberly, Jonathan worked as a criminal prosecutor for the State’s Attorney’s Office of Cook County, Illinois, practicing at both trial and appellate levels. He is also an Alliance Defending Freedom Blackstone Fellow, and has worked for research centers and as a project manager for a religious organization. Jonathan currently lives in Charleston with his wife and two children.
- Illinois State Bar Association
- South Carolina Bar Association
- Christian Legal Society
- Christian Legal Society, De Paul College of Law Chapter: "On Discipleship and Vocation in the Law" (April 2018)
- Taxation of Exempts: “The California Consumer Privacy Act - What Nonprofits Need to Know,” with Paul Z. Winters (July 2019)
- Taxation of Exempts: “Gifts from Afar: The Deductibility of Charitable Contributions to U.S. Organizations from Foreign Donors” (January 2018)