Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Zach Jett maximizes recovery value for his clients regardless of the size of the file or the hurdles presented. As Senior Associate in the Charlotte office, he focuses his practice on Subrogation and Recovery. His experiences routinely include fire losses, exemplified in a $7 million verdict achieved by his and Peter Vogt’s efforts, concerning a South Carolina university that caught fire during a reroofing project. Zach handled numerous water damage claims as a result of fire sprinklers ruptures following cold temperatures, resulting in recoveries in excess of $2 million for his clients. Zach routinely pursues recovery when buildings under construction are damaged, including a recent $7.5 million recovery for a university in Tennessee. Zach’s recovery efforts benefit local municipalities, exemplified by a six-figure recovery on behalf of the City of Myrtle Beach after its convention center was damaged during a trade show.  His vast litigation experiences include catastrophic property loss, construction defect, and products liability matters across the Southeast. Zach is licensed to practice in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Mississippi, as well as the Federal Courts in the Fourth Circuit.

Zach is a born leader and utilizes his leadership skills to excel both personally and professionally. During his time as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zach’s interest in law began when he was selected to join the University’s Honor Court. He was then elected as President of the Chi Phi Fraternity where he managed 60+ students and oversaw public outreach events. While working in a managerial marketing position after college, he solidified his leadership skills with weekly presentations to clients, granting him the ability to think on his feet and find efficient solutions to client concerns. He pursued his legal education at the Mississippi College School of Law, where he invited to join the Moot Court competition team. Zach earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2009.

Throughout his professional career as a litigator, clients frequently commend Zach on his ability to narrow the issues presented and to communicate a plan of action in a clear, concise manner. Zach frequently presents on a variety of subrogation issues at national industry seminars, including as a presenter at the NASP Annual Conference and for CLM’s monthly webinar series.

In addition to faithfully serving his clients, Zach also believes in serving his community and those in need. He served on the board of a local charity benefitting children’s cancer research where he has planned several community events designed to raise funds for the Levine Children’s Hospital. Zach volunteered to be locked up in a jail cell to raise "bail money" of over $3,300 for a family through the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He also partakes in the Charlotte office’s donation drives for the Ronald McDonald house and the local animal shelter. Zach lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and rescue dog, all of which are avid Tar Heel and Carolina Panther fans.

Admissions

  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication studies
  • Mississippi College School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Memberships

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar Association

Courts

  • North Carolina District Courts
  • South Carolina District Court
  • The Winthrop University Trustees for the State v. Pickens Roofing and Sheet Metals, Inc. (418 S.C. 142)

Court Decisions

COURT DECISIONTennessee's Economic Loss Rule Still Applies Only to Purely Economic Losses

the Court upheld long-standing Tennessee law that the Economic Loss Rule does not extend to service contracts where Plaintiff suffers property damage as a result of Defendant’s alleged tortious acts.

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Webinars

February 21, 2018 WEBINARSCLM Webinar - Efficiently Evaluating Subrogation Potential Without Breaking The Bank

Zachary Jett of Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig will lead the February CLM Webinar with a focused discussion on how to efficiently handle losses under $100,000.00 from a subrogation attorney’s perspective. Craig Eberhardt, a mechanical/electrical engineer with Envista Forensics, will offer his perspective on smaller losses from an engineering standpoint. Together, Mr. Jett and Dr. Eberhardt will provide a roadmap for the subrogation professional to efficiently handle smaller losses in order to appropriately evaluate subrogation potential and to (hopefully) achieve a successful recovery without overspending.

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Blog Posts

September 21, 2017 BLOG POSTThe Rule of Sevens: Evaluating Claims Involving a Child

As subrogation professionals, we may be tasked with evaluating property loss claims where a child caused or contributed to the property damage.  For example, is a child playing with matches or a lighter liable for a fire loss?  Or, is a child liable for driving a vehicle into the neighbor’s home? In some instances, a parent may be held liable for the child’s acts.   As more fully set forth below, when evaluating a claim involving a child, it is important to evaluate the age and capacity of the at-fault party, and to be familiar with state specific statutes regarding parental liability. 

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Spotlights

August 12, 2016 SPOTLIGHTZach Jett | Locked Up for Charity

“My grandfather was diagnosed with this disease later on in his life…and it really affected his mobility. He was very active his whole life, so it was very frustrating for him. It really spoke to me personally.”

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Events

November 13, 2018 EVENTFollow the Facts and The Fire Code: A Case Study in Obtaining a Jury Verdict when the Fire's Ignition Source is Undetermined

Join Zachary Jett as he co-presents with Fire Protection Engineer Dan Arnold on the topic of NFPA codes and construction contract clauses to assist in successfully proving an unknown ignition fire case.

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March 01, 2018 EVENT2018 RCA Meeting - Introduction to Subrogation and Efficiently Handling a Subrogation Claim

Zachary Jett from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig presented in Raleigh, NC at the 2018 RCA Meeting on the topic of "Introduction to Subrogation and Efficiently Handling a Subrogation Claim".

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October 26, 2017 EVENTLive Burn - Top 5 Subrogation Issues

Zachary Jett from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig presented in Cary, NC at the Live Burn Event on the topic of "Top 5 Subrogation Issues".

This exclusive educational event demonstrated the myths and red flags of property fires in order to assist Insurance Professionals with future claims.

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August 10, 2017 EVENTSLA 25th Annual Property Seminar - Top 10 Issues in Coverage & Subrogation

Nicholas Goanos and Zachary Jett from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig presented in Alpharetta, GA at the Southern Loss Association’s 25th Annual Property Seminar on the topic of "Top 10 Issues in Coverage & Subrogation".

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March 09, 2017 EVENTZAP Consulting's 3rd Annual Claim Conference - HOMEOWNER'S CLAIMS: IDENTIFYING SUBROGATION POTENTIAL AND ADDRESSING COVERAGE ISSUES

Nicholas Goanos and Zachary Jett from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig presented in Charlotte, NC at ZAP Consulting’s 3rd Annual Claim Conference on the topic of "Homeowner's Claims: Identifying Subrogation Potential and Addressing Coverage Issues," on March 9, 2017. 

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October 28, 2016 EVENTCommon Household Failures & Potential Subrogation Opportunites

Zach Jett presented at the 2016 Claim Conference.

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Catastrophic Recovery Coordination
  • Coverage - First Party Automobile
  • Fire Spread Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Products Liability - Automobile
  • Products Liability - Consumer Products (All Types)
  • Products Liability - Equipment Losses
  • Products Liability - Pipe Failures
  • Structural Collapse
  • Subrogation