Michael P. Zaccheo was born in Wadsworth, Ohio in 1953. In 1974, after attending Bradley University for three semesters as a mechanical engineering major, he left school and entered the workforce as a front-line production supervisor in the manufacturing arena. In 1979, he left his job as plant manager of Aluminum Industries in Manchester, Missouri and enrolled at the University of Utah, first as an undergraduate and then to attend law school. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1984 from the University of Utah School of Law, graduating as a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, he served on the Utah Law Review, was a three-time Leary Scholar and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Remedies. He has been a licensed private pilot since 1991, and enjoys music and mountaineering.
Upon graduation, Mr. Zaccheo was hired as an associate attorney at the Salt Lake City firm of RICHARDS BRANDT MILLER NELSON and in 1988 became a shareholder/partner. He served as the firm’s managing attorney in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2007 and 2008. Over the last 25 years, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Mr. Zaccheo has litigated personal injury cases arising from automobile and aviation accidents, premises and products liability and health care. He has tried numerous jury trials as lead counsel, including representing defendants and plaintiffs in more than 20 wrongful death cases tried to juries. He has lectured at continuing legal education seminars regarding all aspects of jury trial practice and strategy, insurance coverage issues and medical malpractice litigation. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE:
Over the last 5 years, Mr. Zaccheo has steadily narrowed his legal practice as an advocate, now focusing almost exclusively on health care related matters, and has expanded his role as a neutral in both mediations and arbitrations, now having served as a mediator more than 100 times and as an arbitrator, either alone or on panels, approximately 50 times. As a mediator, he attempts to use his diverse background and experience to quickly grasp both sides’ advantages and disadvantages and his skills as an advocate to effectively communicate with both sides, moving the case toward resolution. As an arbitrator, he attempts to approach each case as a true neutral, recognizing that neither plaintiffs nor defendants have special rights or privileges simply by being plaintiffs or defendants. References for mediation, and examples of arbitration decisions are available upon request.