About Zachar Law Firm

Attorney and Staff, Personal Injury Lawyer Phoenix

The Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyers at Zachar Law Firm care about helping our clients recover maximum compensation for injuries suffered in accidents. Since 1996, Christopher J. Zachar, has provided legal experience to his clients. As an experienced litigator, Mr. Zachar has earned a respected reputation among his peers for the favorable settlements and verdicts we have obtained for our injured clients. Although most personal injury claims do settle out of court, our firm prepares every case to win in front of a jury.

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Free case evaluation about your personal injury or wrongful death case

In most cases, no attorney’s fees unless you recover money damages

Client Results: A Proven Record

Personal injury attorney, Chris Zachar of Zachar Law Firm has had many settlements and verdicts over his 21 year span as a Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death. With countless client success stories and case results as well as a recent $7.8 Million verdict and a $47 Million verdict, Zachar Law Firm has a proven track record of success for their clients.

Zachar Law Firm Staff, Personal Injury Lawyer Phoenix

The Phoenix, Arizona, personal injury litigation law offices of Zachar Law Firm has the experience you can rely on to help you fight for the compensation you are entitled to after suffering injuries and losses in an accident. Since 1992, Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer Christopher J. Zachar has provided personal injury and wrongful death trial experience to our clients. Mr. Zachar graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law and was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1992. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Zachar Law Firm focuses exclusively on pursuing justice and compensation for injury victims and their families.

Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer Profiles

Chris Zachar - Phoenix, Arizona Personal Injury Attorneys

Chris is a personal injury trial lawyer who has practiced law in Arizona since 1992. He graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, and in 1992 from the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson with his Juris Doctor Degree. He is admitted to practice law in all city, county and state courts in Arizona. In addition, Chris is admitted to practice law in the United States District Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Chris, an injury lawyer in phoenix is a former member of the Board of Directors of Arizona Association for Justice and has achieved a lifetime member status in AzAJ. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice and the State Bar of Arizona.  Chris has attended the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, and attends many seminars and conferences each year to maintain his high standards of knowledge and excellence in the practice of law.  Chris is a member of the National AIEG and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Christopher J. Zachar is proud to be included in the listing, of Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-2016.

Most importantly to you, Chris is a Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death in Arizona (compromising the top 1% of attorneys recognized by the State Bar of Arizona).

. Contact Me: czachar@zacharlaw.com


David Catanese - Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer

David Catanese is a 1983 graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., a 1987 graduate of the Arizona State University College of Law and a 1992 graduate of the Arizona Trial College. In addition to the State Bar of Arizona, he is admitted to practice before the U.S District Court for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is an AV preeminent rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and has been selected by his peers as one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. David has been representing injured victims in Arizona for 27 years, including the areas of medical malpractice, legal malpractice, insurance broker negligence, product liability, civil rights violations, malicious prosecution, slip and fall, workplace injury and discrimination, construction site negligence, trucking accidents, boating accidents and auto accidents. David has 3 beautiful children, Jasmine, David, and Seth, and we are proud to have him in the Zachar Law Firm! Email Me: dcatanese@zacharlaw.com

Barry Shalen - Phoenix Injury Attorney

Barry Shalen has spent the last twenty years handling Arizona personal injury cases from intake through settlement—including many years litigating cases and fighting for injury victims.

Barry graduated in 1992 from Southwestern University school of law in Los Angeles, California, where he was an award winning member of the school’s moot court team. Barry is licensed to practice law in both California and Arizona. Aside from a law degree, Barry also has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Corrections. Barry also attended a one year comic book art workshop in 1975, taught by famed Marvel Comics’ artist, John Buscema. Barry self-published his own comic book in 1981, with buyers coming from as far away as Japan.

Before law school, Barry spent 12 years working in social services in New York. His social service experience includes running recreation and diversion programs for at-risk youth, job and training programs for welfare mothers, counseling in homeless family shelters, and creating a yearlong transitional living shelter for homeless adolescents that offered residents assistance with education, job hunting, life skills, budgeting, etc.

Barry strongly believes that his experience working in a variety of social service settings bring him an empathy that helps him understand the range of emotional issues and needs of injured clients he meets in his job as a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney.

Barry is excited to be joining Zachar Law, where he will continue to practice plaintiff personal injury law, handling both pre-litigation and litigation cases. Barry’s motto has always been that no case is too big or too small. In fact, when he’s working on your case, it’s his biggest case. This attitude has resulted in many personal referrals from colleagues and former clients as well as repeat clients.

Email Me: bshalen@zacharlaw.com

Zachar Law Firm Staff

Heidi Peterson

Heidi Petersen has been a paralegal for Zachar Law Firm since 1997. By keeping ridiculously long hours and severely restricting her sleep, she has been almost able to stay 3 steps behind Chris for several years now, although she would be overjoyed if the clone she ordered in 2001 ever arrived. A graduate of the University of Arizona and Arizona Paralegal Training Program, Heidi prides herself on her work product and assisting the firm’s clients in getting just compensation for their injuries and damages. She runs marathons in an effort to maintain her sanity. She also enjoys baking, cheering for the Packers, hiking, traveling and reading, although she rarely has time for any of these activities. She also makes the best rice krispy treats in the history of mankind.

Shannon Sellmeyer

Shannon is a legal assistant with the Zachar Law Firm. She joined the firm in 2007 and soon became irreplaceable. She handles new client intakes, scheduling, and multiple other duties. Her organizational skills are unsurpassed and she keeps Chris and Heidi on their toes. Shannon, originally from Nebraska, is an avid college football fan (go Huskers!) and enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons.

Joe M.

Joe arrived at the Zachar Law Firm in July 2010, as the Marketing Director. Joe has a background in Business Marketing, Information Technology, and Web Design from Arizona State University. An avid sports fan, Joe’s favorite teams are the New York Yankees, New York Jets, and his Alma Mater ASU. Joe also remains involved with wrestling while watching the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Joe enjoys the Legal profession and is learning on a daily basis. He is absolutely a workhorse and is so involved that we cannot keep up with him. He has been a great addition to the firm.

Kristen Hall

Kristen Hall has been with the firm since late 2010. Originally hired as the receptionist, her quick wit and attention to detail helped her work her way up the ranks, and she was promoted to a legal assistant position shortly after she started. Kristen now manages the firm’s requests for medical records, bills and reductions. She also handles new client intakes and assists with countless other tasks and functions of the firm. She is married with two beautiful children and has two cute dogs. A Chicago native, Kristen likes to spend her weekends with her family, hiking, reading, shopping and watching hockey.

Xochitl Garcia

Xochitl Garcia is the bright and bubbly voice of Zachar Law Firm. She joined the firm as a legal assistant in the spring of 2012. Her sweet demeanor and infectious laugh let our clients know they are in good hands from their very first call to the firm. Xochitl assists with new client intakes and other office tasks. A graduate of the University of Phoenix, she has her Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in communications. Xochitl is the social butterfly of the firm and somehow manages to try every new and popular restaurant, club and venue before anyone else. She loves antique shopping and restoring vintage pieces and spends as much time as she can with her friends, family, adorable boyfriend and her dog Rusty.

Lorri Bowe

Lorri Bowe has been a legal assistant with Zachar Law Firm since the summer of 2013. She assists with new client intakes, ordering medical records and bills, handles Medicare and health insurance issues and performs multiple other tasks for the firm. She has a very kind and caring nature, and most importantly, bakes cookies for the office on a regular basis. A native Arizonan, Lorri has lived in Phoenix since 1985. She and her husband have two handsome sons and a dog. Lorri enjoys spending her free time with her family and is an avid football and NASCAR fan.


Tammy Mills joined Zachar Law Firm in the summer of 2013. She has worked as a legal assistant since 1988 and is well-known in the legal community for her work ethic and loyalty. Her tenacious attitude, positive energy and willing spirit have made her a client favorite and an invaluable part of the Zachar Law Firm team. Tammy enjoys spending as much time as she can with her daughter Vanessa, grandson Michael and granddaughter Hailey and dog JoJo. She is very active and loves to hike, ride bikes and do boot camp. She volunteers with several local charities in the valley.

Rebecca Gehrke

Rebecca joined Zachar Law Firm in April 2014. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Rebecca has lived in Arizona since 1971. She’s traveled to every state, except for two. She graduated from Phoenix College and is happily married with four amazing, smart-alec, troublemaking children. She has a slight over-the-top obsession with the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona Coyotes. She could open a gift shop with all the merchandise she has. It’s rumored that her kids are actually looking into that. Rebecca has two rescue pit bulls at home, Bo and Shyla, along with Stewie, a mini dachshund. On weekends , she enjoys traveling to see her favorite musicians and bowls in a league once a month.


After a two year leave, Jessica is back! Jessica has been a legal assistant with Zachar Law Firm since 2002. She is in charge of accounts receivable/payable, negotiating lien reductions, assisting with reviewing client’s medical records and bills and many other legal and administrative duties. She is native of Texas and enjoys spending time with her three amazing kids, as well as traveling, hiking, movies, reading, living room dance parties with the kids and trying out new restaurants.

Jessica brings a smile and a great attitude to work every day. She is absolutely an invaluable member of the Zachar Law Firm team.


Mayra Quiroga has been at Zachar Law Firm for almost a year. She has been doing personal injury for 3 years and she loves it. She has an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Phoenix College. Currently attending ASU to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Her goal is to become a criminal attorney one day. Mayra enjoys going out of town with the family and cheering for the Lakers and Dodgers.


Kristen Davis (KD) is Zachar Law Firm’s intake representative. Each person who contacts our office knows she truly cares about them and what they are going through. KD also assists everyone in the office and is always eager to learn new things.

Away from the office, she loves to attend concerts and music festivals…she has camped at Coachella 3 times (her group is known as the Butterfly Crew)!  KD loves learning about science and space. KD also enjoys reading (her favorite author is Graham Hancock) and listening to podcasts (Joe Rogan being  her favorite to listen to). At home, she has two dogs: Rae, her baby and Curly, her grandpa.

Her attitude and positive energy make KD a vital part of the Zachar Law Firm team.



Marci came on board to Zachar Law in June, 2016. She is the litigation paralegal for David Catanese and has more than 20 years’ experience as a personal injury paralegal. We are grateful for her extensive knowledge, willingness to help and ability to keep Dave in line…as if that is possible.

She enjoys helping people and fighting for causes, and personal injury litigation affords her the opportunity to do both at the same time. Marci is a second generation native Arizonan, born and raised in the Glendale/Peoria area.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, baseball (Go Dbacks!) and spending time with family.


Originally from the Midwest, Nichole has lived in Arizona since 2000.  She graduated with a degree in Paralegal Studies and has been working as a paralegal for 15 years.

Nichole has three dogs and spends her free time with her family, participating in dog rescue, working out and traveling.

Areas of Practice:

  • Construction Law
  • Nursing Home
  • Insurance Law
  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Railroad Worker Injury/FELA
  • Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Wrongful Death
  • Premise Liability
  • Dog Bites

Litigation Percentage:

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1993


  • University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona, 1992
    • J.D.
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1989
    • B.S.
  • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
    • Board of Directors
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
    • Lifetime Member
  • American Association for Justice
    • Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • Member
  • State Bar of Arizona
    • Member

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Free case evaluation about your personal injury or wrongful death case.

In most cases, no attorney’s fees unless you recover money damages

As an experienced litigator, Mr. Zachar has earned a respected reputation among peers and satisfied clients for obtaining favorable settlements and verdicts. Although most personal injury claims do settle out of court, our firm prepares diligently to take every case to trial, when necessary. We understand how important it is for you to speak directly with your attorney. We encourage direct e-mails and phone calls as part of the personal service we offer to injured people, and we do our best to return our calls the same day in the event we cannot talk to you immediately.

To speak with an experienced Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer who specializes in helping victims stand up for their rights, please contact Chris Zachar of Zachar Law Firm via E-mail or by phone . There is NO obligation and with your submission we are also offering a free case evaluation. Even if you are not submitting a case evaluation and just have a question, we offer real answers to your questions in a matter of a few minutes.

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We place a high priority on helping the victims of motorcycle accidents and their families.

Contact our offices in Phoenix, Arizona, to begin protecting your rights as soon as possible after suffering a personal injury or losing a loved one in a car, truck or motorcycle accident. We offer a free case evaluation, and in most cases, attorney’s fees are contingent upon recovering compensation.

Car accidents  Slip and fall  Product liability

Our law firm is located in Phoenix, just one block off Highway 51. We represent injured people and their families throughout the state of Arizona and Maricopa County, including the cities of Chandler, Flagstaff, Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Tucson and Yuma.

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Contact us as soon as possible after your accident. We offer motorcycle enthusiasts comprehensive personal injury services. We also help victims of bicycle accidents, auto accidents, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, defective products, and slip and falls. We represent injured children and their parents.