Zachary Stephenson is an associate in the Faegre Baker Daniels litigation and advocacy group. His practice focuses on complex civil matters involving environmental and natural resource litigation, mass torts, and commercial disputes. He is skilled at identifying key themes and developing legal strategies. Zachary is also adept at taking and defending depositions, briefing motions, and conducting research analyzing substantive and procedural legal issues.
Examples of Zachary's experience include:
- Defense of a Fortune 500 company in litigation involving natural resource damages claims
- Representation of a company preparing to challenge a regulatory decision of a state agency
- Defense of an agribusiness client against claims of breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and fraudulent misrepresentation
- Representation of a large corporation and several of its subsidiaries in both federal and bankruptcy court involving claims of fraudulent transfer, breach of fiduciary duty, tortuous interference with contract and RICO violations
- Defense of an industrial facility in litigation involving claims of nuisance
Zachary is also committed to a healthy pro bono practice. Most notably, he represented current and former students seeking changes to school district policies and practices regarding harassment of LGBT students in Doe v. Anoka-Hennepin School District. After nearly eight months of extensive settlement discussions with the school district, as well as the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, the case resulted in a landmark settlement which delivered both equitable and monetary relief to the students.
Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Zachary spent several years working in Minnesota politics, most recently as a member of the legal team for a Minnesota gubernatorial candidate in the 2010 recount. In addition, Zachary worked at the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he served as the primary press representative for 12 members of the House. He has also held positions on successful campaigns for the U.S. Senate, Ramsey County Attorney and the state legislature.