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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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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.

Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer Profiles

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.

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.

Chris, 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, 2007-2017.

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).

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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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

Ben Jemsek is a civil litigation attorney and graduate of Creighton University Law School and Arizona Trial College.  For the past 18 years, he has represented clients from Arizona, California, Illinois, New Mexico, Nebraska, Nevada and the Sultanate of Oman.  He has represented a diverse clientele that includes governments, politicians, individuals, children, small businesses and multinational corporations.  He has also litigated cases against state and foreign governments as well as national and foreign corporations.

His practice focuses exclusively on civil litigation and personal injury cases.  While he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of matters and in a number of jurisdictions, his practice is now exclusively limited to representing victims in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including automobile accidents, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, civil rights violations, product liability and trucking and boating accidents.    He has litigated numerous jury trials in both state and federal court and has argued before the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Arizona Supreme Court.

Ben is a current professor at Phoenix College in the paralegal studies program where he has taught introduction to law, ethics, legal writing and civil procedures since 2006.  Prior to that, he taught certification courses in various subjects such as contract, property and tort law. Email Me: bjemsek@zacharlaw.com

Court Admissions

State and appellate courts of the State of Arizona

Supreme Court of the State of Arizona

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Associations

State Bar of Arizona

American Bar Association

Arizona Trial Attorneys (former)

Association of Trial Lawyers of America (former)

American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (former)

National School Board Association’s Counsel of School Attorney’s (former)

Former Vice President Arizona State Bar Personal Injury and Litigation Section

Zachar Law Firm Staff

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.

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.

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.

Dolly Burnett is a paralegal with the Zachar Law Firm.  She joined the firm in the summer of 2017 and brings with her 23  years of experience as a personal injury paralegal.  She is happily married with three beautiful children and three rambunctious grandsons.  A Montana native, Dolly loves all things western. On the weekends, she enjoys trips to visit family, shopping, hiking, and camping.

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.

Jennifer is originally from NJ (Philly side) and has been living in the Valley for almost 13 years. She received her Paralegal Certificate and Associates degree at Peirce College in Philadelphia in 1994, which is where her journey as a personal injury Paralegal began 23 years ago.

Jennifer has a passion for motivating others to take charge of their mental and physical fitness.  Jennifer has been a spin instructor for 10 years, teaching classes at multiple studios in the Valley.

She loves spending her free time with her husband Rich and her 14-year-old son Cameron.  They love traveling, going to concerts and attending sporting events.  Her husband is a huge Chicago teams fan, while she and her son are huge Philadelphia teams fans!


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.

Joanna Vasquez has recently joined Zachar Law Firm. She is a paralegal and has joined our litigation department. Joanna has been doing personal injury since 2012. Joanna is a first generation native Arizonan, born and raised in Phoenix.

One day, she will have her own boot camp to help others achieve their weight loss goals. She’s currently working on an e-book about her weight loss journey! Joanna has one dog “Monita”, and on her spare time Joanna enjoys working out, spending time with her family and running for charities.

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.

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 football fan (go Huskers and Cardinals!) and enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.


Amy joined Zachar Law Firm in 2016. She’s a legal assistant to the firm. Her particular assistance area is in medical and billing records. Amy loves to cook and coupon. She’s a mom to a beautiful daughter and girlfriend of her amazing dad. She is also a fur baby mom to 5 dogs and 1 cat. Amy enjoys fast cars and watching movies when she can. She’s also a native Arizonan with no plans to ever leave!

Bre’Ann Joined Zachar Law Firm in 2016. Originally from Toledo, OH, Bre’Ann moved to Arizona in 2012 to enjoy the beautiful weather. She is a legal assistant to David Catanese; Marci Turner, and Rebecca Gehrke. She’s passionate about giving a helping hand to anyone who needs it, and prides herself in her can-do attitude. She has an Australian Shepard named Pepper who loves to play fetch and can’t wait to meet new people at every turn. Bre’Ann spends her weekends very busy out and about between trips up north to hike and local events in town.

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.

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.

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.


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.