Zachary is a trial and appellate attorney at Patton Sullivan Brodehl LLP. His practice focuses on complex business and real estate litigation, often involving high stakes (a million dollars or more at issue). He represents individuals and business entities, and example cases include disputes among real estate investors, disputes among LLC managers/members or partners, and commercial lease disputes.
Zachary has been recognized by Super Lawyer Magazine as one of Northern California’s “Rising Stars” for 4 years running, from 2017-2020. He has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV Preeminent” designation, which is the highest peer rating standard available. According to Martindale-Hubbell, this designation is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. 1 Both the Super Lawyer “Rising Star” award and Martindale designations are based on anonymous reviews, anonymous nominations, and independent research by those companies. Attorneys cannot pay to obtain or influence these honors.
Zachary started his career handling insurance defense matters, where he was given ample opportunity to hone his skills at all stages of litigation, including negotiations, case development, discovery, mediation, and arbitration/trial, including for example over 100 depositions. Because of this, Zachary gained significant practical experience earlier in his career than many of his peers. Over time, he transitioned that litigation skill set to more complicated business and real estate disputes, and now has the luxury of applying his extensive practical experience and knowledge of litigation tactics and strategies to those more complicated disputes. He represents individuals, LLCs, corporations, and other business entities to help solve their complicated business and real estate problems. At his core, Zachary considers himself a problem solver for his clients. He has enjoyed success in both federal and state courts, and the trial and appellate levels on behalf of his clients.
In addition to his practice, Zachary makes it a priority to give back to his community, particularly to the next generation of attorneys. Since 2014, Zachary has served part-time at UC Hastings, College of the Law, in a variety of roles, including as an adjunct professor teaching first year Legal Writing & Analysis and Moot Court, and also as a coach of the school's very successful moot court teams. During that time, none of Zachary's moot court teams has ever finished lower than quarterfinalists in any national competition.
AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are Certification Marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.
Assist trial team to obtain jury verdict exonerating real property owner from $55 million fraud and breach of contract claim by CalSTRS SPE arising from "No Wall on the Waterfront" development rejected by San Francisco voters
Obtained favorable verdict as lead trial attorney in arbitration before Judicate West in Los Angeles involving significant injuries and policy limits claim stemming from motor vehicle accident
Defended Fortune 500 company specializing in electricity, natural gas, and geothermal resources in breach of contract dispute, defeating majority of the plaintiff's alleged claims leading to favorable settlement
Represented LLC Members and Managers, and assisted trial team, to prevail at trial and successfully defend attempt to oust clients from multi-hundred million dollar real estate project and instead helped them recover tens of millions of dollars in damages and equitable relief
Represented international manufacturer of computer peripherals and software in wrongful termination action leading to favorable settlement after motion for summary judgment was filed
Defended former corporate officers against trade secret misappropriation claims
Assist trial team to obtain arbitration award in favor of tenant department store against shopping center owner, prohibiting owner from charging its for-profit parking garage expenses to tenant as NNN charges
Successfully defended mortgage servicers, banks, and financial services companies in multiple cases involving claims of mortgage fraud, Homeowners' Bill of Rights, debt collection and other statutory, tort, and contracts claims
Represented food producer as part of trial team that obtained favorable jury verdict in Arizona District Court involving catastrophic brain injury claims
Assisted with appellate briefing in California Court of Appeal representing insured who was denied coverage based on various policy exclusions
Successfully convinced appellee to agree to remand in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after filing opening brief on behalf of client
Defended claims of fraud, breach of contract, and elder abuse related to business purchase agreement and obtained favorable settlement for clients