Zachary Peterson practices in the firm's Business Representation and Transactions Group, focusing on understanding his clients’ individual businesses and tailoring legal solutions to fit them. 

He focuses his current practice on representing companies on a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and divestures, as well as business formation, organization, and other commercial transactions. Zach also regularly counsels clients on various business matters, negotiation of key contracts, and overall business strategies. Zach also brings significant general and government-defense litigation experience.

Prior to joining KMK, Zach was the General Legal Counsel and Chief Financial Officer of a mid-sized construction, trucking, and contracting company in Cincinnati, Ohio where he advised fellow senior management with respect to corporate transactions, real estate and zoning law, litigation, environmental matters, regulatory compliance, employment, trucking, 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.

Having served as in-house counsel, Zach understands what clients demand from their outside counsel partners, and views all legal matters through a business lens and in the larger business context.

Zach was also the founding senior associate of a small firm in Covington, Kentucky where he gained diverse legal experience in both civil and criminal law, with particular focus on complex, commercial litigation, and sensitive, white-collar criminal government defense on both the trial court and appellate levels.

Zach is currently a Law Professor at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law where he teaches legal writing. 

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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