I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and mediating many cases, ranging from the routine to the catastrophic, for Zach over the years. One of the less obvious parts about serving as a mediator is watching young lawyers evolve into top-rate trial lawyers, and Zach is one of the best I’ve seen. His election into ABOTA at a comparatively young age is further proof of his accomplishments. 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. Having worked for many years as in-house counsel for Farmers Zach has unique insight into all aspects of the defense perspective while alternatively recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of the plaintiff’s case. He has excellent legal skills many of which were honed over his many years as a trial attorney, but others that are innate including creativity, insight and an ability to advance his position without being heavy handed. He combines professionalism and appreciation of his opponent’s position while still advancing his clients’ best interests. He is, by nature, very warm, friendly, and gracious with a unique ability to get along with everyone.