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. He also assists the firm’s education law practice in providing general counsel services to public employees, school districts, and county offices of education.
Mr. Zick co-chaired a jury trial in the Bay Area, successfully convincing the jury to reject a $6.5+ million real estate damages claim. He 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 public agency client. Mr. Zick has negotiated complex commercial settlement agreements and has represented secured creditors in state and federal court.
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.
- Arizona State University (B.S. Political Science, magna cum laude)
- Santa Barbara College of Law (J. D. with honors)
- United States District Court, Central District of California
- United States District Court, Northern District of California
- The State Bar of California
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- International Right of Way Association
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Adjudicating Securities Law Violations in the Age of Limited Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction, 26 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev., 293 (2018)