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Stephen N. Zack

Administrative Partner
Miami

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Areas of Practice

Litigation

Corporate


Education

University of Florida Law School, J.D., 1971; President of the Florida Blue Key Honorary Society

University of Florida, B.A., Political Science, 1969; Omicron Delta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha; Hall of Fame and Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities


Language Spoken

Spanish


Admissions

Florida, New York, and District of Columbia

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals: Fifth and Eleventh Circuits

United States District Courts: Southern and Northern Districts of Florida


Mr. Zack is a former President of the American Bar Association and was the first Hispanic American to assume the ABA Presidency. Mr. Zack was the first Hispanic American and youngest President of the Florida Bar. He has also served as President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and as the Chair of the ABA's House of Delegates - one of the nation's most influential positions on matters relating to the legal profession. He is a member of the ABA International Law Section and has served on the ABA Board of Governors.

Stephen Zack's main practice area is complex commercial litigation, emphasizing class actions, products liability cases and federal multi-district litigation. He is a specialist in civil trial law, as well as eminent domain, corporate and international law.

Mr. Zack has represented: Florida's former Governor and U.S. Senator, Bob Graham as General Counsel; the Florida Senate; the Florida Department of Professional Regulation; the Cities of Hollywood, Hialeah, Miami Beach, Miami and numerous other national clients such as Philip Morris and National Geographic Society. In 2000, he represented former Vice President Al Gore in the trial of Bush v. Gore.

Among many other accomplishments, Mr. Zack has served as Chair of the Florida Ethics Committee and was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to re-write the Florida Constitution as a member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. In November 2009, Mr. Zack was selected by the University of Florida to receive the distinguished Alumnus Award, an award given to those who have excelled in their chosen field.

Mr. Zack has also served as a member of the following organizations: The American Law Institute, the Miami Beach Charter Revision Commission (Chair), the Environmental Review Board of the City of Miami (Chair), the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District of Florida as well as the 11th Circuit (Miami-Dade County) Judicial Nominating Commission, the American Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, Florida Bar Foundation, and Cuban American National Council. The Board of Trustees of the Public Health Trust for Jackson Memorial Hospital and Dade County and is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Children's Coalition and the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida.

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

Member, The American Law Institute
Member, Anti-Defamation National Commission, 2012-2014
President, American Bar Association, 2010–2012
President, Florida Bar, 1989-1990
Chair, National Center for Access to Justice, 2012
Chair, House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, 2004-2006
American Jewish Committee Learned Hand Award, 2011
The Best Lawyers in America, 2012, 2013
Latino Lawyer of the Year, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2010
Legal Legends Award, History Miami and 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society, 2010
University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2010
Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2011
J. Ben Watkins Award for Excellence in the Legal Profession, Stetson Law Review, 2010
100 Top Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine 2004, 2009
Florida Trend Legal Elite, Hall of Fame Attorney 2004 - 2011
Listed in Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2012
University of Florida Award for Service to the Profession
St. Thomas University Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Legal Education, Professionalism and an Independent Judiciary
Lifetime Fellow of the American Bar Association
American Bar Association Board of Governors
Past President of the Florida Bar
Past President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents
Past Chair of American Bar Association International Law Committee
Past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services
Past Chair of the Latin American Council
Served on the American Bar Association Commission on the Judiciary in the 21st Century
American Board of Trial Advocates
Cuban American Bar Association
Dade County Bar Association
Past President of Young Lawyers Division of the Dade County Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
United States Supreme Court Historical Society

Publications

Personal Injury Practice Chapter, The Dade County Court Handbook (1977)

External Business Litigation Chapter, The Florida Bar Handbook on Representing Florida Corporations (1977)

Related News

54 BSF Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers in 2013 Super Lawyers Magazine (2013 Super Lawyers)

The BSF Report: Spring 2013 (03.08.2013)

The Anti-Defamation League Honors BSF Miami Partner Steve Zack (November 30, 2012)

BSF's Steve Zack Featured in June 2012 Issue of Florida Super Lawyers (06.26.2012)

Past ABA President Stephen N. Zack Voted Chairman of the National Center for Access to Justice at Cardozo Law School (May 7, 2012)

Chairman David Boies Receives American Bar Association's Highest Honor (August 8, 2011)

Lawyers "Get in the Way" to Protect Liberty (August 8, 2011)

First Hispanic to head ABA reflects on tenure (August 7, 2011)

O'Connor: Lawyers & Judges Need to Wake Up to Judicial Funding Threat, Prep for Political Battle (August 7, 2011)

American Bar Association Annual Meeting 2011 Opening Remarks: Steve Zack (August 7, 2011)

ABA President Calls for Return to Civility; Breyer Notes Justices Don’t Raise Voices in Chambers (August 6, 2011)

Our justice system has been cut to the bone (August 6, 2011)

Digital debrief: ABA leader gives closing arguments before departure (August 1, 2011)

Stand Against Steps to Shortcut Justice (July 14, 2011)

Editorial: Can Justice Be Bought? (June 16, 2011)

When rights collide with responsibilities (In the News)

Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against Chiquita Brands International Survives Motion to Dismiss (June 3, 2011)

LOOKING FOR HELP: ABA task force builds its case to broaden support for cash-strapped courts (05.19.2011)

Stephen Zack: Revamping Supreme Court is a recipe for dysfunction (04.14.2011)

Justice for All: Fighting to Protect the Courts from Attacks (Firm Newsletter Spring 2011)

WATCH: Interview with ABA President Stephen Zack (02.18.2011)

WATCH: Stephen Zack’s speech to the ABA House of Delegates - "Equal Justice Under Law" (02.14.2011)

Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System (02.10.2011)

Ten years after Bush v Gore, the court system's independence is under political attack (12.06.2010)

LISTEN: The Power of Civic Education [podcast with Stephen Zack] (November 11, 2010)

WATCH: Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities -- First Public Hearing (November 10, 2010)

Waving a Red Flag (November 8, 2010)

In The Name Of The Law (Stephen Zack feature story) (11.01.2010)

BSF Defends Proskauer Rose LLP in Malpractice Action (In the News)

ABA President Zack: Renew Your Commitment to the Constitution (September 20, 2010)

Stephen Zack Becomes American Bar Association President (August 10, 2010)

Miami Attorney Making History as New ABA Head (August 10, 2010)

Stephen Zack Investiture - Acceptance Speech (August 10, 2010)

Miami attorney takes helm of the ABA (August 9, 2010)

American Bar Association to study Hispanic legal issues (August 9, 2010)

What price justice? (August 2, 2010)

Raise the Learning Curve (August 1, 2010)

Steve Zack Honored as a Legal Legend (July 16, 2010)

UF Law grads lead state and national bar (July 8, 2010)

Six BSF Attorneys Named to the 2010 Florida Legal Elite (06.27.2010)

12 Attorneys from Boies, Schiller & Flexner Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (05.18.2010)

ABA head to speak at Florida Coastal (05.12.2010)

New ABA president, a UF grad, sees a 'justice gap' (05.12.2010)

The Future of Law (Winter 2010)

Zack to tout civics as ABA president (February 15, 2010)

Honor the Tradition the ABA has in Fighting for Diversity: ABA President-Elect Stephen N. Zack. (February 6, 2010)

Podcast: Meet President-Elect of the American Bar Association: Stephen N. Zack (01.14.2010)

Stephen Zack, Incoming ABA President, Sets Agenda (01.01.2010)

Stephen N. Zack: Future depends on civics (12.09.2009)

Notoriety for Notarios (12.01.2009)

BSF Partner Stephen N. Zack Included in Hispanic Business Magazine's Top 100 Influentials of 2009 (10.20.2009)

ABA President-Elect Looks to Improve Civics Education (10.15.2009)

Set sights on legal arena - Stephen N. Zack (10.13.2009)

Sotomayor confirmation greeted with supreme pride in South Florida (August 6, 2009)

Martinez proud of Floridian ABA President-Elect (August 6, 2009)

Latino, the new president of the lawyers in the country (translation) (08.06.2009)

Zack Announces American Bar Academy; Grads to Get Loaded iPods (August 4, 2009)

ABA Votes Stephen Zack President-Elect; First Hispanic American in that Role (August 4, 2009)

American Bar Association (August 4, 2009)

American Bar Association Elects Miami Lawyer Stephen N. Zack President-Elect (August 4, 2009)

BSF Partner Stephen Zack Slated to be First Hispanic American to Lead the American Bar Association (August 4, 2009)

Boies, Schiller & Flexner Partner Stephen Zack Voted American Bar Association President-Elect (Press Release, August 8, 2009)

Hispanic-American Lawyer Stephen N. Zack Elected President-Elect of the ABA and promises to focus on civic education (August 4, 2009)

Boies, Schiller & Flexner Partner Stephen Zack Voted American Bar Association President-Elect (August 4, 2009)

Hispanic-American Lawyer Stephen N. Zack Elected President-Elect of the ABA and promises to focus on civic education (August 4, 2009)

Miamian to become American Bar Association president-elect (August 4, 2009)

Barrier Breaker, Daily Business Review (August 3, 2009)

Boies Schiller lawyer's career helps him break barrier at ABA meeting (August 3, 2009)

RNR: Zack Seeks to End Notario Abuse (En Español) (Audio) (July 31, 2009)

Firm Report: May 2009 (May 2009)

American Bar Association Nominates Stephen N. Zack to become Association President in 2010 (In The News)

Five Questions With Steve Zack: ABA's 1st Hispanic President-Elect Seeks Change (05.04.2009)

Stephen Zack's Acceptance Speech (February 16, 2009)

Cuban-American Lawyer in Line to Head ABA (February 15, 2009)

Firm Report: July 2008 (07.28.2008)

Miami Partner Stephen N. Zack to be Named President-Elect of the American Bar Association (April 28, 2008)

Firm Report: April 2007 (Vol. 2, Issue I) (04.01.2007)

Firm Report: November 2006 (Vol. 1, Issue III (11.01.2006)

Firm Report: July 2006 (Vol. 1, Issue II) (07.01.2006)

Partner Stephen Zack named among 100 Most Influential Hispanics (November 2004)

Government Service

Legislative Aide to Congressman Claude Pepper, 1971-1972
Past Chair of the State of Florida Ethics Commission
Former Special Counsel to Senator Robert Graham
Past Member of the Florida Entertainment Commission
Past Member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission
Past Member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District of Florida
Past Member of the 11th Circuit, Miami Dade County Judicial Nominating Committee
Past Member of the Dade County Fair Campaign Practices Committee
Past Chair of the Environmental Review Board for the City of Miami
Past Member of the Search Committee for City of Miami City Attorney
Past Chair, City of Miami Beach Charter Review Committee
State of Florida Constitution Revision Commission, 1998-1999
Board of Directors, Florida Children's Coalition
Board of Directors, The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida
Past Member of the Board of Trustees of the Public Health Trust for Jackson Memorial Hospital and Dade County
Mr. Zack has represented numerous governmental authorities including the Florida Senate and the Cities of Hollywood, Hialeah, Miami Beach and Miami