Zak grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico. In high school, he played music, co-hosted a local radio show, and once came surprisingly close to being voted Mr. CHS.
He attended college at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, where he studied film and discovered sushi. In his senior year, he attended the Los Angeles Film Studies Center—a semester-long film program in Los Angeles. During that time, he was also a development intern and script reader with Overbrook Entertainment in Beverly Hills. He graduated from Northwest University in 2007 with a degree in Communications.
After college, Zak moved to New York City and worked in the entertainment industry. He also spent time in Seattle, Albuquerque, and finally Carlsbad, where he worked in the oil field.
In 2011, Zak enrolled and ultimately graduated from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. Through his wonderful experience at Washburn, he also had the opportunity to attend the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy—a joint venture of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. Prior to his final year of law school, Zak interned with the New Mexico Public Defenders in Taos, NM. In 2014, he was selected by professors for induction in to the American Society of Legal Writer’s National Order of Scribes for his achievement in legal writing.
Electing not to spend his only life in Kansas, Zak moved back home to New Mexico in 2014 to take the bar exam. In September, he was licensed as a member of the State Bar of New Mexico, and settled in Albuquerque. Having always put a high value on work that can make a difference in people’s lives, he has enjoyed practicing Social Security Disability law with the great staff at the firm’s Albuquerque office.