CONTACTS

Tel: (805) 962-0011, ext. 156
Fax: (805) 965-3978
rzick@ppplaw.com

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Business Litigation
Eminent Domain
Construction/Surety Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
Education Law

EXPERIENCE

Mr. Zick has a broad practice in general litigation matters, including real property, eminent domain, private and public construction disputes, insolvency/creditor’s rights, and general business and commercial disputes.  Mr. Zick assists the firm’s trust and estate law practice by helping executors, trustees and beneficiaries navigate contested probate and trust matters. Mr. Zick also supports the firm’s education law practice in providing general counsel services to public employees, school districts, and county offices of education. Having served for two years as a judicial law clerk for a United States Bankruptcy Judge in Santa Barbara, Mr. Zick is uniquely qualified to represent both debtors and creditors in the United States Bankruptcy Court.

Mr. Zick co-chaired a jury trial in the Bay Area, successfully convincing a jury to reject a $6.5+ million real estate damages claim.  He also obtained summary judgment on behalf of a public agency in a quiet title action against a national rail carrier, resulting in the elimination of an easement in favor of the client.

Mr. Zick has negotiated complex commercial agreements and represented secured creditors, landlords and unsecured creditors in chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases. Mr. Zick has advised clients in complex chapter 11 cases in the Northern and Central Districts of California, as well as bankruptcy cases in Delaware. As a judicial law clerk, Mr. Zick organized and founded the Law Student Bankruptcy Assistance program in the Central District of California. This program paired law school students with bankruptcy practitioners in providing free legal assistance to debtors and creditors in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

Mr. Zick teaches a bankruptcy/commercial law course at Santa Barbara College of Law.  He sat as a mock trial judge for UCSB’s mock trial competition that included competitors from nearly every University of California school, as well as schools as far away as Princeton.

Mr. Zick joined PPP after a two year clerkship with the Honorable Peter H. Carroll, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California.  During law school, Mr. Zick completed judicial externships with the Honorable Peter H. Carroll and Robin L. Riblet, United States Bankruptcy Judges for the Central District of California.

EDUCATION

  • ​Arizona State University (B.S. Political Science, magna cum laude)
  • Santa Barbara College of Law (J. D. with honors)

ADMISSIONS

  • California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California

MEMBERSHIP

  • The State Bar of California
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • International Right of Way Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

PUBLICATION

 Adjudicating Securities Law Violations in the Age of Limited Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction, 26 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev., 293 (2018)