J. Zachary Balasko
(304) 353-8128
Office: Charleston
J.D. Washington and Lee University, cum laude
B.A. West Virginia University, magna cum laude
Licensure: WV
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Zak Balasko focuses his practice in the area of energy and business litigation.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Balasko served as a law clerk in the chambers of the Honorable Paul M. Black, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Virginia.  Most recently, he has been part of the national defense team representing a large pharmaceutical distributor defending lawsuits by state and county officials and agencies making claims about opioid distribution.  

Work Experience

2017 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2016-2017 Law Clerk to the Hon. Paul M. Black, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
2015-2016 Student Attorney, Washington and Lee Immigrant Rights Clinic
2015 Summer Associate, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
2014 Summer Associate, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Speaking Engagements

Note, "A Return to Reasonability: Modifying the Collateral Source Rule in Light of Artificially Inflated Damage Awards," 72 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 16 (2015)

Key Experience

Assisted in representation of large pharmaceutical distributor in defense of lawsuits nationwide making claims about opioid distribution
Represented a large health insurer in defending against wrongful and fraudulent claims for reimbursement
Defended large insurance carrier in a class action against allegations of unlawful sales of supplemental insurance policies in West Virginia

Memberships & Awards

Member, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
Lead Articles Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review (Vols. 72-73)
Managing Editor, German Law Journal (Vols. 16-17)
Omicron Delta Kappa