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Stephen N. Zack

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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

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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

Stephen N. 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.

Mr. Zack was previously nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of Alternate U.S. Representative to the Sixty-eighth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and he served as Senior Advisor to the United States State Department. 

Mr. 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

Lawdragon 500 leading lawyers (2011-2016)

2016 Latino Leaders Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers

2015 Dade County Bar Association David W. Dyer Professionalism Award

2015 Daily Business Review Lifetime Achievement Award

Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Member, Council on Foreign Relations

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, 2012-2015

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, 2011-2015

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


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

Steve Zack to receive ABA Spirit of Excellence Award (November 4, 2016)

Steve Zack Named to Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers List (February 23, 2016)

Boies, Schiller & Flexner Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Florida’s Best Lawyers (November 13, 2015)

Personal Perspective: Cuba's Future is 'Muy Complicado' (Daily Business Review, July 29, 2015)

Steve Zack to Receive Dade County Bar Association’s Highest Award (03.25.2015)

Stephen Zack’s Career as a Trial Attorney Founded on a Passion for Justice (In the News)

Stephen Zack plugs the ABA’s role in the rule of law during stint as U.N. delegate (In The 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

When rights collide with responsibilities (In the News)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stephen Zack Investiture - Acceptance Speech (August 10, 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)

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

ABA head to speak at Florida Coastal (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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Firm Report: May 2009 (May 2009)

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

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

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)

Seminars and Speaking Engagements

Stephen N. Zack to Speak at DirectWomen Board Institute (2015)

U.S. Chamber’s Americas Department and Institute for Legal Reform Rule of Law/FCPA Symposium (2014)

2013 Anti-Defamation League Centennial Miami Jurisprudence Award Luncheon (2013)

University of South Carolina School of Law Graduation Ceremony (February 8, 2013)

American For Immigrant Justice – 17th Annual Dinner “Dare to Dream” (2013)

American University Washington College of Law’s 16th Annual Hispanic Law Conference Examines the Evolving Legal Landscape (February 8, 2013)

Whittier Law School Commencement and Hooding Ceremony (2012)

The Florida Bar 2nd Annual Trial Lawyers Summit Luncheon (2012)

Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting: Workshop on Academic Support (2012)

Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Luncheon (2011)

"Justice In America: Threats to the Courts and Rule of Law" (2011)

World Justice Forum III (2011)

Epstein Becker Green Diversity Reception Featuring Stephen N. Zack (2011)

U.S. Naturalization Ceremony for 500 New U.S. Citizens (2011)

International Bar Association Midyear Meeting (2011)

International Bar Association Midyear Meeting (2011)

American University Washington College of Law Commencement Exercise (2011)

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Centennial Gala (2011)

The American Law Institute 2011 Annual Meeting (2011)

St. Thomas University School of Law 2011 Commencement Exercise (2011)

University of Florida, Frederic G. Levin College of Law 2011 Law Commencement Exercises (2011)

AJC Judge Learned Hand Award Dinner Honoring Stephen N Zack (2011)

Florida State University College of Law Graduation Ceremony (2011)

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 2011 Law Day Celebration (2011)

2011 Annual Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (2011)

Kansas City International Relations Council Luncheon (2011)

Magda Jimenez Train to be Honored at Cardozo's Annual BALLSA Alumni Dinner (2011)

Conference of Chief Justices Mid-Year Meeting (2011)

New York County Lawyers Association's 96th Annual Dinner (2010)

Anti-Defamation League, NY Lawyers Division Human Relations Awards Tribute and Dinner (2010)

Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida 8th Annual Gala (2010)

Palm Beach Bar Association Diversity Membership Luncheon (2010)

Reception Honoring Stephen Zack & Attorneys in Government Service (2010)

UF Marshall M. Criser Distinguished Lecture Series (2010)

Chicago Latino Network Awards Gala (2010)

2010 Korean Bar Association Annual Lawyers (2010)

South Carolina Managing Partners Lunch and Forum (in conjunction with the South Carolina Judicial Conference (2010)

WATCH: American Bar Association Annual Meeting: Stephen Zack Investiture - Acceptance Speech (2010)

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism National Conference on Mentoring II: Best Practices for Building Sustainable Mentoring Programs (2010)

Dade County Bar Association General Membership Luncheon Meeting (2010)

Jewish Museum of Florida Annual Judges and Lawyers (2010)

California Western Law School 2009 Commencement Ceremony (2009)

ESADE Law School (2009)

2009 Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI) Summit for Appellate Judges, Lawyers and Staff Attorneys (2009)

American Bar Foundation (2009)

Government Service

Former Special Counsel to Senator Robert Graham

Past Chair of the State of Florida Ethics Commission

Past Member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Past Chair, City of Miami Beach Charter Review Committee

Past Chair of the Environmental Review Board for the City of Miami

Past Member, City of Miami Beach Budget Advisory Committee

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

Former Legislative Aide to Congressman Claude Pepper

Past Member of the Florida Entertainment Commission

Past Member of the Dade County Fair Campaign Practices Committee

Past Member of the Search Committee for City of Miami City Attorney

State of Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Past Member of the Board of Trustees of the Public Health Trust for Jackson Memorial Hospital and Dade County

(FORMER) Board of Directors, Florida Children's Coalition

(FORMER) Board of Directors, The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida

Mr. Zack has represented numerous governmental authorities including the Florida Senate and the Cities of Hollywood, Hialeah, Miami Beach and Miami