David M. Zacks, Esq. joins JAMS following a distinguished legal career as a trial lawyer and neutral spanning 45 years. Mr. Zacks’ extensive experience as a trial lawyer across various areas of the law, including class actions, health care, insurance and catastrophic injury, has laid the foundation for a successful launch into ADR.
Best known for his commitment to the process, through truly listening to parties and evaluating the merits of his cases, Mr. Zacks continuously brings parties to resolution in highly complex disputes.
Mr. Zacks regularly writes and lectures on a variety of ADR issues and is an active member of the Georgia legal community through participation and leadership in organizations representative of his vast experience in business and the law.
ADR Experience and Qualifications
- Evaluated, settled and arbitrated numerous complex cases, including multi-party cases and class actions
- 45 years as a trial lawyer for both sides of the bar, using ADR as a means of settlement from the early 1990’s
- At Kilpatrick Townsend, chaired Health and Life Sciences and Complex Business Litigation sections, co-chaired Native American practice group with Ambassador (Ret.) Keith M. Harper
- Captain and certified military judge in JAGC 1967-1971
- Health Care/Employment
- Successfully resolved multimillion dollar billing dispute between a major insurance carrier and hospital system
- Has mediated and arbitrated wrongful death action against providers as well as nursing homes and hospitals
- Also handled disputes involving credentialing issues, privatization of state health care systems
- Successfully resolved whistleblower cases, billing improprieties against providers, personal misconduct and medical malpractice claims against hospital personnel and employee discrimination claims
- Catastrophic Injury
- Wrongful death actions, severe burn cases involving product liability issues, aviation matters, professional negligence including medical malpractice
- Indian Law
- Served as principal negotiator during a critical phase of litigation on behalf of 500,000 Native Americans in a case involving the government’s mismanagement of trust lands and accounts for over a century, resulting in a multi-billion dollar settlement
- Various breach of contract issues, proximate cause and damages, dissolution of business, bankruptcy
- Commercial employment cases involving key executives, law firms and health care industry organizations