Zachary Peterson is an attorney in the firm's Business Representation and Transactions Group, dedicated to understanding his clients’ individual businesses and crafting tailored legal solutions. Having served as a General Counsel for seven years, Zach understands the expectations clients have for their outside counsel partners, approaching all legal matters with a keen business perspective.

Zach’s current focus lies in representing both public and private companies on a wide range of corporate matters, including domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, and divestures, as well as business formation, organization, and other commercial transactions. Serving as external general counsel for many clients, Zach routinely advises on day-to-day legal matters, negotiates key contracts, and offers strategic counsel on overall business strategies. Additionally, Zach brings significant experience in general and government-defense litigation. Zach also has experience with commercial contract negotiation including contracts related to franchising matters as well as experience in complying with the FTC Franchise Rule and state franchise disclosure, termination, and related laws and regulations.

Before joining KMK Law, Zach held dual roles as General Legal Counsel and Chief Financial Officer of a well-known, mid-sized company in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this capacity, he advised fellow senior management with respect to corporate transactions, real estate and zoning law, litigation, environmental matters, regulatory compliance, employment, transportation, OSHA, MSHA, workers’ compensation, unemployment benefits, government, and more. As CFO, he also directly oversaw the company’s accounting and back-office functions including preparation of financial statements, taxes, employee benefits, commercial insurance and risk management, accounts payable and receivable, banking, job costing, marketing, and safety, in addition to managing the company’s 50+ tenancies. Zach’s broad experiences make him the go-to business attorney in Cincinnati.

In addition to his practice, Zach is a Law Professor at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law where he teaches legal writing, and he serves on Anderson Township’s Economic Development Committee.

Professional and Community Involvement

Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, Law Professor

Anderson Township Economic Development Committee, Member 

Cincinnati Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Northern Kentucky Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

News & Resources


  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. Supreme Court 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky


J.D., Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, summa cum laude, 2012

B.S., Miami University, 2006

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