Zach joined Rolfes Henry more than a decade ago while in law school and is now a Partner in the firm’s Cincinnati office. His practice primarily involves counseling and representing insurance companies of all sizes in fire science litigation, complex fraud and coverage investigations, and bad faith litigation. Zach’s extensive fire science experience includes fire and explosion causation investigations, prosecution and defense of Daubertexpert witness challenges, catastrophic burn litigation, and complex arson investigations.
Zach’s claim and coverage investigation experience includes taking hundreds of Examinations Under Oath and depositions for claims involving fire, theft, water, wind, suspected fraud, organized crime, and ring activity throughout the country.
Zach serves as a lead firm and industry source for implementing technological and forensic advancements into fraud and coverage investigations, with a particular focus on computer and cellular telephone technology. He is a proud to serve on the Ohio Board of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators.
Zach is one of a limited number of attorneys nationwide to receive a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator designation from the National Association of Fire Investigators. Zach uses the knowledge gained from this designation to provide value-added assistance to clients on matters involving fire science.
University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
Juris Doctor, 2010
University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude, 2007
“Emerging Technologies for Use in Claim Investigation,” (2021), presented at the National Society of Professional insurance Investigators (NSPII) Annual Meeting
“Case Study in Spoofing, Fraud, and Arson,” (2021), presented at the Greater Cincinnati Regional Arson and Fire Investigator Seminar (GRACFIS)
“Case Study in Spoofing, Fraud, and Arson,” (2021), presented at the IAAI Illinois Chapter
“Case Study in Emerging Technologies to Investigate Arson Losses,” (2021), presented at the IASIU Annual Seminar, Orlando, Florida
“Case Study in Spoofing, Fraud, and Arson,” (2021), presented at IAAI Phoenix Chapter
“Case Study: Spoofing, Masking, Framing and Fraud,” (2020), presented at the IASIU Annual Seminar, Dallas, Texas
“Case Study in Framing and Fraud: How Spoofing and Masking Technologies Were Used,” (2019), presented at the NSPII Insurance Fraud Seminar, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
“Strangest Arson Case Ever,” (2019), presented at the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud (CAIF) Midyear Membership Meeting, Orlando, Florida
“How to Work With Vendors: A Vendor Expert Panel,” (2019), presented at National Society of Professional insurance Investigators (NSPII) Ohio Joint Insurance Fraud Seminar, Columbus, Ohio
“Spoliation and Evidence Preservation,” (2018), Greater Cincinnati Regional Arson and Fire Investigator Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio
“Expert Preclusion Efforts and You – Betting Your Career on a Roulette Wheel,” (2018), 20th Annual Indianapolis Fire Investigator Conference; Indiana Chapter of International Association of Arson Investigators , Indianapolis, Indiana
“Cellular Technology: A Useful Tool in Fraud Investigation,” (2017), presented at Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Southwest Ohio Chapter Educational & Networking Event, Amelia, Ohio
“Drones are Changing the Game in the Construction and Insurance Realms,” (2017), presented at Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee
Ohio State Bar Association
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Cincinnati Bar Association
The National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII)
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (2019 – present)
Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers-Rising Stars List for 2020
Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers-Rising Stars List for 2021