As early as the first two years of his career, Zachariah was already experiencing high-dollar success on behalf of his clients, including a $4,188,137.24 judgment in McEwen v. Accelerated Commercial Consultants, a federal RICO case; and a $3,427,692 judgment in In Re the Matter of the Estate of Roslyn Schrager, a probate fraud case. Although Zach was going up against much more experienced attorneys, he refused to be intimidated and did not relent in his pursuit of justice until the case was adjudicated in favor of his clients.
Zach’s success is not limited to high-profile cases. In his first solo trial, he represented a local small business in a dispute with a former customer represented by a pair of attorneys with decades of experience between them. Not only did Zach prevail on his claims against the opposing party and defeat the claims against his client, but he earned an attorney’s fee award as well—in an amount approximately fifteen times the underlying award.
Although he cannot guarantee similar results in every case, Zach does guarantee that whether you are a plaintiff or defendant, and whether your case is worth millions or much less, if he is advocating on your behalf, you will get the same level of communication, eye for detail, and aggressive representation he provides for all his clients.
For almost two years before co-founding Pickard Parry, Zach was employed at larger insurance defense firm where he worked for international insurance companies and represented large corporations in personal injury lawsuits. As a defense attorney, he gained invaluable insights that enhance his efficacy as an advocate for victims who are injured as the result of others’ negligence.
Whether via informal negotiations, mediation, arbitration, judgment by motion, or trial verdict, Zach’s legal acumen and professional tenacity have proven an asset his clients find invaluable.
Zach received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. While at BYU, he won the Sloan Speech Showcase Award for expository oration for a tongue-in-cheek delivery of his original work, “How to Give a Condescending Speech.”
He then headed to the Midwest where he attended law school at the highly ranked University of Illinois. At the U of I, Zach received numerous awards, including two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards. He was honored to receive the law school’s most prestigious award, the Rickert Award—twice—once for excellence in trial advocacy and once for excellence in legal writing.
Zach also enjoyed success in both moot court and trial team. In moot court, he placed in the top bracket in the school-wide competition and was invited to represent the college of law in the national competition. His three-member trial team took second place in the Midwestern Regional competition, which set a record as the highest-placing trial team in the school’s history.
Zach’s article, “Digital Manipulation and Photographic Evidence: Defrauding the Courts One Thousand Words at a Time” published in the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy, was identified by the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal in its Spring 2010 issue as one “of the most important and timely articles on computers, technology, and the law” for its treatment of computer-generated demonstrative evidence.
Written and spoken words are the tools of an attorney’s trade, and Zach has had focused success in both written and oral advocacy—as recognized by the honors and awards received from publications, professors, and peers. Contact Pickard Parry and let Zach put his talents to work for you.
Most recently, Zach has become an educator himself, having accepted a position as Adjunct Professor at UNLV. He teaches substantive law in theparalegal program, including Torts, Contracts, and Nevada Practice and Procedure.
In 2014, Zach was awarded the prestigious Top 10 Under 40 Award by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys for being one of the top family law attorneys in Nevada and the Top 40 Under 40 Award by the National Trial Lawyers.