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Zachary M. VanVactor

Zachary M. VanVactor

Zack VanVactor is an attorney in the firm's Louisville and Jeffersonville offices.  He is a member of the Business Litigation Service Group.

Recent Assignments

  • Obtained dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty and abuse of process claims filed against out-of-state attorney on grounds of lack of personal jurisdiction
  • Successfully argued for and obtained judgment in favor of national mortgage servicer on counterclaims for abuse of process and breach of good faith and fair dealing filed by borrowers in foreclosure action in Grayson County, Kentucky
  • Obtained dismissal of counterclaims for fraud and civil conspiracy in St. Joseph County, Indiana
  • Successfully obtained judgment at bench trial on behalf of national mortgage servicer sued for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act in Morgan County, Indiana
  • Obtained dismissal of breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, and negligent misrepresentation claims asserted against regional banking institution by commercial borrowers in federal court
  • Obtained dismissal of federal action against state bar association in which the plaintiff asserted claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 as well as constitutional challenges to the state's attorney-discipline system

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

  • "The Louisiana Direct-Action Statute Loses Its Teeth: How the Fifth Circuit in Todd v. Streamship Mutual Underwriting Association Opened the Door to Allow Insurers to Enforce Arbitration Agreements Against the Direct-Action Plaintiff," Note, 35 Tul. Mar. L.J. 659 (2011)
  • "Three's a Crowd: The Unhappy Interplay Among the New York Convention, FAA, and McCarran-Ferguson Act," Comment, 36 Tul. Mar. L.J. 313 (2012) [Cited by McBride v. Estis Well Serv., L.L.C., 768 F.3d 382, 403 (5th Cir. 2014) (en banc) (Haynes, J., concurring)]

Before Stites & Harbison

Before joining Stites & Harbison, Zack served for two years as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Thomas B. Russell, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.  Prior to his clerkship, Zack served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Jennifer B. Coffman, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern & Western Districts of Kentucky. While attending law school at Tulane University, Zack worked as an admissions counselor for a charter high school in New Orleans, assisting high school seniors with all aspects of the college admissions process.

Professional Accolades

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2017-18)

Community Involvement

  • Louisville Bar Association Leadership Academy (2016)
  • Leadership Kentucky: ELEVATE Kentucky (2018)
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Communications & Publications Committee (2012-2020)