David Zacks gets results. He believes in early intervention. He specializes in resolving disputes using mediation techniques he has learned and developed over the past 45 years as a veteran trial lawyer and a neutral.
The Best Lawyers in America© named him “Atlanta Lawyer of the Year” in Mediation (2013), and recognized him for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Health Care Law and Personal Injury Litigation in 2014.
David took an early lead using mediation, starting in the early 1990s. One of his largest cases was Cobell, et al v. Secretary of Interior, et al. He was principal negotiator on behalf of 500,000 Native Americans during a critical phase of the litigation. The case resolved in 2012 for $3.4 billion.
He has served as mediator or arbitrator in other major cases, and is a:
- Certified arbitrator and mediator with the American Health Lawyers Association.
- Founding Member of the Georgia Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators
- Member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
- Member of CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and on its Healthcare and Life Sciences Committee.
As a litigator, he has defended global companies in “bet the company” cases, and served as lead counsel for plaintiffs in multi-million dollar catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.
Industry honors include:
- 2015 The Best Lawyers in America® for his practice areas of Health Care Law, Mediation and Personal Injury Litigation–Plaintiffs
- Georgia "Super Lawyer" in Litigation, Personal Injury and Alternative Dispute Resolution Law by Super Lawyers magazine
- National Register’s Who's Who in Executives and Professionals
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Commercial Litigation Law
- Georgia Trend's "Legal Elite" for Personal Injury Law
His list of not-for-profit service includes:
- Former National Chair of the American Cancer Society
- Founder and past President of the Legal Clinic for the Homeless in Atlanta
- Board member of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Board of Visitors
- Past Trustee of Leadership Georgia.
David’s educational background follows:
- Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., Phi Delta Phi President (1967)
- Wake Forest University, B.A., with honors (1964)
- Bar Admissions - North Carolina (1967), Georgia (1970)