Zachary Smith Mediation
In-Person & via Zoom
Zachary Smith is a mediator seasoned by more than 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer and civil defense litigator handling high-exposure cases for one of the nation’s largest insurers. Regard for his expertise and professionalism is highlighted by his selection as the 2018 Defense Attorney of the Year by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, an organization serving the plaintiff’s bar.
Along with his knowledge of law, procedure, case valuations, and the inner workings of insurance companies, Zach possesses a deep understanding of the mediation process, risk analysis, legal rights and remedies, court systems, and negotiation, as well as the resolution of complex, highly emotional, and intractable disputes.
Zach applies pragmatism, acumen, and rapport to organize parties and complaints; rapidly identifies conflicts and in what order they need to be resolved; and uses thorough preparation, straightforward conversation, and creative solutions to bring disputes to resolution.
"Zach is fair-minded and knows how to size up a case. An ABOTA member with a great reputation for integrity, respect and trial experience, Zach is perfectly suited to get your case settled."
Shareholder, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
Past President, San Francisco Bar Association
Past President, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
"...Despite having been adversaries, I hold him in very high regard. He brings his considerable experience, skill, and personal charm to the practice of mediation."
Robert E. Cartwright, Jr., Esq.
Founder and Managing Partner, The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc.
"...He has the admirable qualities that I look for in a mediator - he is a quick study, a creative strategist, and easily develops rapport with people of different backgrounds..."
Gregory D. Pike
Partner, Knox Ricksen LLP
Past President, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California & Nevada
"...His years of experience, case valuation, wisdom, procedural knowledge, and knowledge of the inner workings of insurance companies make him an effective mediator...."
Partner, Coopers LLP
"Zach has a tremendous amount of experience as a trial lawyer and knows how to resolve cases. His professionalism and problem-solving skills make him a successful mediator."
Robert J. Waldsmith
Partner, Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP
"...He has impressed me with his rapid understanding of strengths, weaknesses, and value of cases and his corresponding judgment to settle the ones that should be settled and try the ones that need to be tried, with consistently excellent results..."
Michael J. Ney
Mediator, Ney Mediations
"Zach has a wealth of experience handling jury trials successfully. His integrity and people skills make him a valuable mediator."
David J. Samuelson
"I’ve known Zach as an accomplished litigator with a strong understanding of what’s important about the law and a commitment to fairness and respect. I don’t doubt that he’ll bring all of those qualities to his work as a mediator."
Litigation Director, Berg Injury Lawyers