J. Zachary Bickel

J. Zachary Bickel is a partner in The Robertson Law Group assisting clients and their lawyers at trial and on appeal by identifying, protecting, and preserving legal issues in state and federal court cases. As appellate counsel, Zach has handled millions of dollars in judgments from various types of civil litigation, including wrongful death, personal injury, breach of contract, real estate, corporate, mass tort, and insurance.

As a former NCAA Division I, and First Team High School All American athlete, Zach brings dedication and focused determination to his appellate practice, assisting clients by researching, reviewing and drafting pleadings and jury instructions, attending and arguing at pre-trial conferences and trial, drafting post-trial motions and presenting appellate writs, briefs, and oral arguments to the higher courts on appeal.

Zach was selected by the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar in 2015 to serve on the Missouri Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the state's appellate courts.  This committee considers judges from the Supreme Court of Missouri and all three districts of the Court of Appeals who are seeking retention on the bench under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan. Zach has been singled out as a Missouri "Up & Coming Lawyer" by Missouri Lawyers Weekly, voted by his peers to be a "Super Lawyer" and "Super Lawyer Rising Star", voted by his peers to be included in Kansas City Business Journal's "Best of the Bar", and inducted as one of the youngest Fellows of The Missouri Bar Foundation.  

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  • In 2015, Zach was elected by The Missouri Bar Board of Governors to serve on the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for Appellate Courts. This committee serves to evaluate and recommend Supreme Court Judges and Intermediate Appellate Court Judges who seek retention on the bench under the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan. 

    In 2015 Zach was appointed by The Missouri Bar President to serve as Chair of the Missouri Bar's largest committee, Civil Practice and Procedure.

    In 2015 Zach was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Jackson County CASA, Missouri's largest CASA organization. CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, serves the needs of children in abuse and neglect cases giving them a voice in court. 

    In 2014, Zach was appointed by The Missouri Supreme Court to the Ad Hoc Committee to Study Court Costs in Missouri. This committee was tasked with clarifying the existing state of the law regarding court costs, fees, and surcharges. 

    Zach was recently awarded the 2013 Up & Coming Lawyer in Missouri. This award honors lawyers with 10 years or less of experience who have achieved extraordinary positions of leadership and success in their practice.

    Zach was also awarded Kansas City's Best of the Bar for Appellate Practice 2013-2016. An award bestowed on Kansas City area lawyers who excel in their respective fields of practice.  

    Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers also has recognized Zach as an Appellate Law "Rising Star" and Superlawyer. This peer-nominated and peer-reviewed distinction recognizes the best attorneys who are 40 or under with no more than 2.5% of the applicable lawyers in the combined states of Missouri and Kansas included. 

    Zach was one of two Kansas City attorneys inducted into the 2010-11 Missouri Bar Leadership Academy, a highly selective group comprised of 13 young lawyers from across the state that are prepared to assume future leadership roles within The Missouri Bar.

    Zach is very active in The Missouri Bar. He is the 2014-2015 Chair of The Missouri Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, the largest committee within The Bar. He moderates and lectures at The Bar's CLE seminars throughout the state. Additionally, Zach has authored and edited multiple publications for The Missouri Bar on Appellate Practice and Procedure.

    Zach is active in giving back to his Kansas City community.  He is currently on The Board of Directors for Jackson County CASA - the largest CASA program in the state, which acts as the voice of the child in court proceedings involving abuse and/or nelglect.  He also serves on The Board of Directors for the Crossroads Community Organization and also sits as the Chairman for the Crossroads Arts District Connectors Program.

    Zach is a 2006 graduate of the University Of Missouri School Of Law, where he graduated with honors (Order of the Barrister). He also received the University of Missouri School of Law’s Roscoe Anderson Award for Excellence in Advocacy, awarded to a law student who excelled in trial advocacy. 

    Prior to becoming a partner at The Robertson Law Group, Zach was a civil trial practitioner in Columbia, Missouri focusing on both plaintiff and defense work. While in Columbia, he devoted much of his spare time to civic and charitable organizations, including serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Phoenix Programs, a drug counseling and rehabilitation center that has served the Mid-Missouri region for over 30 years. 

    Zach is licensed to practice law in Missouri. He is a member of The Missouri Bar, 2013-2014 Chair of The Missouri Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 2012-2013 Co-Chair of The Missouri Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, past Vice Chair of The Missouri Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, a sustaining member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), KCMBA Appellate Committee member, 2010 KCMBA Appellate Rules Subcommittee member, KCMBA Young Lawyers Section member, KCMBA Membership Committee member, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers member, Defense Research Institute member, and member of the 2010-2011 Missouri Bar Leadership Academy.

    Zach enjoys SCUBA diving, boating, fishing, and relaxing on the beach or at The Lake of the Ozarks with his wife and sons.

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