Zack Kaplan

Associate Attorney

attorney Zack Kaplan

Zack Kaplan believes that we all have a moral obligation to seek justice for all. Accordingly, he is passionate about representing people whose rights have been violated, who have been wrongfully injured, and who have been marginalized by systems of power. He engages in all areas of the firm’s practice, including state and federal constitutional claims, police and prison misconduct, and appellate litigation.

Zack attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where his experiences as a student leader and community organizer forged a commitment to advocating for racial justice and education equity in North Carolina. After graduating, he became a fifth grade teacher in Durham. He loved his time in the classroom and continues to seek out opportunities to engage with students and families. Zack then attended Duke Law School, where he served as the president of the Moot Court Board and editor of the Alaksa Law Review. He graduated with honors and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 2021.

After law school, Zack served as a judicial law clerk to Justice Robin E. Hudson on the Supreme Court of North Carolina and Judge James A. Wynn on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also served as a Dellinger Fellow at the North Carolina Department of Justice, where he worked on state and federal appellate litigation, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Outside of the office, Zack enjoys reading memoirs and cheering for the Tar Heels and Miami Dolphins. He lives in Durham with his wife Ashley (a pediatric oncology nurse) and their adorable dogs Hartley and Mia. Zack joined Zaytoun & Ballew as an associate attorney in 2023.