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Zachary J. Watters

Associate

Overview

Zach brings experience in a wide range of litigation matters to his work for Michael Best.  Zach has significant trial experience in both jury and bench trials, as well as appellate experience in multiple state and federal appellate courts.

His focus includes:

  • Professional negligence
  • Contract disputes
  • Commercial torts
  • Product liability
 

Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Zach was a staff lawyer at Legal Action of Wisconsin, where he litigated a variety of family law related issues.

He has spoken and written on topics ranging from legal issues involved in craft brewing to litigation cost savings in the age of electronic discovery. 

Experience

Zach’s noteworthy representations include:

  • Representing a bank in appealing consumer fraud allegations under the Illinois Credit Agreement Act. Zach’s team argued that the plaintiff’s complaint alleging consumer fraud and breach of fiduciary duty by a commercial loan borrower violated the Illinois Credit Agreement Act. . The First District Appellate Court of Illinois affirmed the judgment for his client.
  • Establishing legal precedent as a team member working on one of the first appeals defining the scope of governmental immunity under Wisconsin law
  • Obtaining a favorable judgment in a breach of warranty/defective product bench trial for his concrete manufacturer client
  • Successfully settling a theft of business opportunity lawsuit for an information services client
  • Settling a product liability lawsuit for a manufacturing client.
  • Successfully settling a breach of contract lawsuit for a hardware store retailer
  • Reaching a settlement in a trade dress infringement lawsuit brought against a manufacturing client

Honors & Recognitions

Zach has received the following honors and accolades:

  • "Rising Stars," Illinois Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
  • American Bar Association Moot Court Appellate Advocacy Team; Regional Champion and National Octafinalist
  • National Moot Court Appellate Advocacy Team; Regional Semifinalist
  • CALI Award for Excellence: Legal Writing I and II, Appellate Advocacy, and Criminal Law

Professional Activities

  • Auxiliary Board Member, Chicago Park District
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Illinois
  • Volunteer Tutor, Gads Hill Center

Education

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