Chad M. Zimlich
(502) 423-2040
Office: Louisville
J.D. Wake Forest University
B.M. The Catholic University of America, cum laude
Licensure: KY
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Chad Zimlich doesn’t seek confrontation just for the sake of confrontation. However, when litigation occurs, Chad enjoys digging into the facts and structuring a vigorous defense that fits with his client’s business strategy. Chad understands that litigation is stressful for clients and he brings a calming, reassuring approach to help clients navigate the process. Chad served as a prosecutor in Louisville-Jefferson County and served as a staff attorney for the Honorable Phillip J. Shepherd, Chief Judge of the Franklin County Circuit Court. Those roles provided him with the tools for working with and against governmental entities. His litigation experience spans a variety of disputes from breach of contract and easement actions to complex, multi-party suits involving large public and private entities. Whether he’s negotiating settlement or presenting a case before a judge, Chad’s goal is to resolve matters efficiently with his client’s objectives foremost in mind.

Work Experience

2019 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2018-2019 Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
2017-2018 Assistant County Attorney, Criminal Division, Jefferson County Attorney's Office
2016-2017 Staff Attorney, Franklin County Circuit Court
2015 Law Clerk, Weber & Rose, PSC
2014 Legal Intern, Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Kentucky

Speaking Engagements

"What is a Cigarette? Electronic Cigarettes and the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement," 2015 50 Wake Forest L.Rev . 483

Key Experience

Defended chemical company in litigation alleging soil and water contamination
Assisted private higher education institution in drafting and negotiating contracts for sale and provision of services with multi-million dollar corporation
Defended business owner in environmental cleanup litigation alleging responsibility for orphan shares for defunct business

Memberships & Awards

American Bar Association
Franklin County Bar Association
Articles Editor, Wake Forest Law Review, 2015-2016
Member, Fourth Circuit Blog, 2014-2016
Community Law and Business Clinic, Wake Forest University, 2015