Judge R. Joseph Zak

Robert Zak

Title: Family Court Judge
Company: 11th Family Court Circuit of Kanawha County
Location: Charleston, West Virginia, United States

Judge R. Joseph Zak, Family Court Judge at the 11th Family Court Circuit of Kanawha County, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements and leadership in family law.

Taking advantage of pursuing his field when the time was right, Judge Zak is a judge with the 11th Family Court Circuit of Kanawha County in West Virginia since 2014. He began his career as a staff attorney with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia in 1975, remaining in this position for one year before becoming joining Preiser & Wilson L.C. as an associate from 1976 to 1981 and partner from 1981 to 1985. He was then a senior partner at Zak & Associates from 1985 to 2013. In addition to this tenure, he was the hearing examiner for the West Virginia Board of Regents from 1987 to 1990 and the West Virginia Board of Medicine from 2012 to 2014, a member of the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, among other roles. In preparation for his career, Judge Zak attended West Virginia University, where he attained a Bachelor of Science in 1968 and a JD in 1975. He has since been admitted to practice in several state and federal courts.

The chairman of the West Virginia Support Enforcement Commission from 2003 to 2007, Judge Zak is active with the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, having served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971. A fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1993, he was also affiliated with the Order of Barristers in 1975. A recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Judge Zak was selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law. The highlight of Judge Zak’s career was meeting and working with many prominent lawyers, including F. Lee Bailey. His resume reflects his longstanding in the law and involvement in politics and community. He would like to be remembered by his peers as a judge that was just trying to be fair.

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