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Zachary S. Shewmaker

Zach[2] (1)Zach focuses his practice on representing individuals who have suffered injuries or death through the negligent acts or omissions of others. He brings to his cases a unique level of skill and preparation while investigating the facts, examining opposing experts and witnesses, and preparing for mediation or trial. Most importantly, Zach understands every case is different, so his strategies are tailored to meet each client’s needs and to maximize every settlement or verdict.

Before joining Van Sant Law, Zach spent more than seven years defending motor carriers, their insurers, and tractor-trailer drivers in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. He worked the first four years with a mid-size Atlanta transportation firm defending personal injury claims. He spent the following three years in the Atlanta office of a regional firm whose transportation practice group was ranked first in the nation by The Best Lawyers in America. While there, he was named as one of Georgia Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” in 2012 and 2013 and was selected as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “2013 Legal Elite.” As a result of working closely with trucking companies and their insurance claims adjusters, he gained valuable insight into how trucking companies and their insurers evaluate and defend cases.

Zach was born and raised in Danville, Kentucky. He graduated from Centre College in 2003 with a B.A. in English and History. He graduated with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2006. As a law student, Zach represented UGA Law in two national mock trial competitions, served as a summer judicial clerk in the Western Judicial Circuit, and practiced with the Western Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney’s office for a year and a half.