Zachary H. Pratt represents employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board and in federal workers’ compensation litigation. He is involved in every aspect of the workers’ compensation claim process, from inception through resolution. Zach represents clients before the Supreme Court of the State of New York; the Appellate Division, Third Department; the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York; state and federal administrative agencies; and in various arbitration proceedings. Throughout his career, Zach has developed extensive experience representing employers in the following industries: Retail and Hospitality; Warehousing and Distribution; Manufacturing; Healthcare; Municipalities, Governmental and Public Entities; Construction; and, Trucking and Transportation.
Zach has a earned a reputation as a highly effective litigator and advocate. He frequently handles complex matters involving multiple parties or injuries; catastrophic loss, including loss of life; environmental and exposure, fraud; and, discrimination and retaliation under Section 120 of the New York Workers’ Compensation Law. In addition to workers’ compensation litigation, Zach also represents employers in a range of employment and labor disputes, and has defended employers in claims under the Jones Act and The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
In addition to his litigation practice, Zach serves as a trusted counsellor to clients on all manner of risk management issues, including Workers’ Compensation and Integrated Disability and Leave Management. Zach has developed programs offering cross-disciplinary solutions, including joint defense programs, providing clients with continuity of counsel and better addressing the unique challenges of managing the myriad issues which arise out of the patchwork of interconnected laws, regulations and programs governing the workforce. Zach is also a frequent lecturer, presenter and commentator on issues relating to New York Workers’ Compensation, as well as Integrated Disability and Leave Management and Risk Management.
Upstate New York Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-2021
The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.
- Lead SLU litigation program with 97% win rate over 4 years resulting in estimated cost savings in excess of $1,475,000.00.
- Secured pre-trial disallowance of Section 120 WC Discrimination Claim filed by convicted sex offender
- Secured finding of WC fraud resulting in permanent disqualification from indemnity benefits
- Secured disallowance of catastrophic claim for interstitial lung disease due to alleged environmental and occupational exposure
- Secured disallowance of alleged catastrophic claim for traumatic brain injury due to falling crane
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
Albany Law School of Union University | J.D., 2007
Lafayette College | B.A., 2004
News & Events
News & Events
- Author, “Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updated guidance regarding Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements,” Vaughan Baio & Partners, January 18, 2022
- Press Release, “Vaughan Baio & Vaughan Baio & Partners Welcomes Shannon T. O’Connor As Firm Continues Growth in New York State,” Vaughan Baio & Partners, November 9, 2021
- Feature, “Vaughan Baio Snags 9 From Goldberg Segalla, Grows In NY,” Law360, August 11, 2021
- Feature, “Phila. Boutique Takes 9-Lawyer Workers’ Comp Team From Goldberg Segalla to Lead NY Expansion,” The Legal Intelligencer, August 10, 2021
- Press Release, “Vaughan Baio & Partners Welcomes 9 New Attorneys in Two New Offices in NYS,” Vaughan Baio & Partners, August 10, 2021
- Quoted, “COVID-19’s Top Legal and Regulatory Pitfalls for Workers’ Comp—What to Watch Out For,” Risk & Insurance, June 8, 2020
- Author, “The Biggest Issues of 2016 – and a Look Ahead,” Today’s Grocer, Vol. 58, No. 8, 2016