Harlan J. Zaback

Firm Partner

Last Updated on: 8th November 2022, 11:14 am

College: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.A. in History, 2005

Law School: California Western School of Law, J.D., 2009

Membership: San Diego County Bar Association, Board of Directors for the Park View Condominium Association, Treasurer

Admissions: California State Bar, December 2009, United States District Court, Southern District of California

Biography: Harlan Zaback was born and raised in Caldwell, New Jersey, a suburban town twenty miles west of New York City. Mr. Zaback attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, graduating with a degree in History and minor in Political Science.  After graduating from Rutgers, Mr. Zaback worked briefly in education, specifically as a teacher’s aide working one-on-one with non-verbal autistic children and with children who suffered from severe behavioral issues, before deciding to pursue a legal degree so he could better assist individuals with the most need for assistance in exercising their legal rights. This desire brought him to San Diego where he attended law school at California Western School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree.

Both while attending law school at CWSL and as a post-bar law clerk, Mr. Zaback worked at Berman & Riedel, LLP, where he gained invaluable knowledge and experience into the firm’s concentrated practice by assisting the firm’s senior attorneys in various areas of civil litigation, particularly in personal injury and elder abuse and neglect related matters. Mr. Zaback thrived in his position and was hired as an Associate Attorney at Berman & Riedel, LLP, shortly after being admitted to the California State Bar in December 2009.  Mr. Zaback now uses his knowledge, skills and experience to help the firm continue its reputation as being a leader in providing clients with successful representation in recovering damages as a result of the negligent, reckless and/or wrongful conduct of others.

Areas of Legal Practice:

  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Elder Abuse and Neglect

Past Legal Experience:

  • Associate Attorney, Berman & Riedel, LLP, 2010 – present.
  • Law Clerk/Post-Bar Law Clerk, Berman & Riedel, LLP, 2009
  • Law Clerk, Office of General Counsel, San Diego Unified School District, 2008
  • Judicial Intern, United States Magistrate Judge, Honorable Frank Maas, United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 2007


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