Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Zachary M. Jett joined Butler in 2013 and is a Senior Associate in our Charlotte office. He focuses his practice on Subrogation and Recovery. His litigation experiences are in catastrophic loss, construction defect, and products liability matters. Zach’s extensive experience in the practice of subrogation resulted in numerous high dollar settlement for clients throughout the southeast.  Most recently, Peter Vogt and Zach Jett won a 7.3 million dollar verdict in a case venued in York County, South Carolina.

Zach graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication Studies. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, from the Mississippi College School of Law in 2009. While at the University of North Carolina, Zach was a member of the Undergraduate Honor Court and president of his fraternity. In law school, he was selected for the Moot Court team.

Prior to joining the firm, Zach practiced insurance defense in Charlotte, North Carolina for several years.

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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Events

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

Zachary Jett from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig will be presenting 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