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Zachary R. McMichael


“A is A” — Ayn Rand

Practice Groups

Areas of Concentration

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Appellate Practice

Experience at Work

Zach is committed to helping his clients determine the proper role litigation plays in their business, knowing when to avoid litigation entirely and when to settle a claim, but also when to press a case to trial. He works with a variety of clients to address their complex business disputes, ranging from zoning and land use to multi-party construction defects and shareholder disputes. Most frequently, he represents clients in the business of real estate development and land use, helping them to resolve disputes affecting their business.

As a trial attorney, Zach has experience in all aspects of the litigation process, from pre-filing strategy determinations to trials and appeals. He has an extensive geographic practice, which he focuses in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, but has also practiced in federal courts in New Jersey, Illinois, and Missouri.

In the Community

Zach is an active member of his community, where he serves as a board member for condominium associations and community improvement districts.  Zach is also a board member of Citizens for a Greater Downtown St. Louis, an organization that works with residents, businesses, property owners, and the City of St. Louis to improve the Downtown and Downtown West neighborhoods for all stakeholders.

Significant Experience


  • Obtained a dismissal in favor of a large St. Charles County real estate developer in a lawsuit brought by neighboring property owners challenging zoning change granted by St. Charles County.
  • Defended zoning amendment obtained by developer of an apartment complex in Webster Groves, Missouri.
  • Represented St. Charles County real estate developer in professional negligence suit against geotechnical engineer resulting from reporting on quality and placement of fill material during mass grading.

Admission & Qualifications

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Circuit Courts
    • Seventh Circuit
    • Eigth Circuit
    • Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Western District of Missouri
    • Southern District of Illinois

Educational Background

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, with honors (2015)
  • B.S., Chemistry, Pfeiffer University, summa cum laude (2012)
  • B.S., Economics, Pfeiffer University, summa cum laude (2012)

Leadership & Community Engagement

Current Leadership Positions

  • Citizens for a Greater Downtown St. Louis | Board Member

Professional Organizations

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Civic & Community

  • Citizens for a Greater Downtown St. Louis
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