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David Zacks

David M. Zacks, Esq.

Case Manager
Ankur Haldar
T: 404-566-2156
F: 404-588-0905
One Atlantic Center, 1201 West Peachtree, Suite 2650, Atlanta, GA 30309


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

Representative Matters

  • 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
  • Business/Commercial
    • 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
  • Member, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Health Care Law and Personal Injury Litigation, 2014–19
  • Georgia Trend's "Legal Elite" for Personal Injury Law, 2013-14
  • Named "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Mediation by The Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Chair, Kilpatrick Townsend Complex Business Litigation, 2007-10
  • Co-Founder & Chair with Keith Harper, Former Native American Ambassador, Kilpatrick Townsend Native American Practice Group, 2006-09
  • Wake Forest University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2004
  • Georgia Bar Community Service Award, 2003
  • Atlanta Bar Palmer Ansley Leadership Award, 2003
  • Chair, Kilpatrick Townsend Health and Life Science Section, 1994-2002
  • Captain and certified military judge in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army, 1967-71
  • Served as National Chair of the American Cancer Society
  • Founding Member of the Georgia Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators
  • Board Member, Advisory Board for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Advisory Board for Regenerative Medicine
  • Georgia "Super Lawyer" in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Law by Super Lawyers magazine
  • National Register’s Who's Who in Executives and Professionals
  • Former co-chair of Wake Forest Law School Board of Visitors
  • Founding Neutral, Zacks Resolution, LLC, 2015-17
  • Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend, 1994-2015
  • J.D., Wake Forest School of Law, 1967
  • B.A., with honors, Wake Forest University, 1964

Counsel Comments

    • “David understands both Federal Indian Law and the various equities involved in cases involving Tribal nations. He is also unmatched in his ability to find novel approaches and innovative solutions to challenging problems and stubborn conflicts. I think he would be an extraordinary asset as a neutral in nearly any matter and particularly involving Federal Indian Law.”
      - Amb. (Ret.) Keith M. Harper
    • “David Zacks is the consummate neutral. An accomplished trial lawyer who has represented plaintiffs and defendants in both the largest of class cases and as individuals, David has the smarts, experience and personal charisma needed to resolve the most vexing of matters.”
    • "I am so thankful we were able to keep everyone moving toward a good result.  That would not have been possible without [David’s] patience and candor, or without each of us having complete confidence in [him]. I think the lesson for anyone in a commercial dispute headed to mediation is that when you see good people on the other side and you have a great mediator, never let the parties leave the mediation table without a settlement. I shudder (literally) to think about the alternate paths our clients could have taken and am very grateful for [David’s] efforts on this matter. I very much appreciated [David’s] personal involvement and approach to this matter."



Practice Areas

  • Business/Commercial
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Employment
  • Health Care
  • Indian Law
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury/Torts


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