Zach Barger is a senior associate with our firm, focusing his practice both on litigation and transactions within the shipping & marine, commercial, and logistics & transport sectors.

Prior to joining ZFZ, Zach served as in-house counsel for Marathon Petroleum Corporation, the United States’ largest oil refiner and Fortune 25 company, primarily providing legal support and guidance to its diversified, large-cap master limited partnership that owned and operated midstream energy infrastructure and logistics assets. He took a brief pause from practicing law in 2018 to support MPC as a business development representative in its marine logistics group, fostering relationships and identifying and analyzing growth opportunities for all MPC’s marine operations, both inland and coastal.

Zach spent the first five and a half years of his legal career in private practice in Ohio. While there, he split his practice evenly between litigation and transactional matters and became the youngest person to be named partner in the firm’s more than seventy-year history.

Zach is an active member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and admitted in New York, the Western District of Michigan, the Northern District of Indiana and the Northern District of Illinois. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law in May 2012 and obtained his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Bowling Green State University in 2009.

Professional Experience

  • Senior Associate, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, Chicago/USA (since November 2020)
  • Attorney, Midstream Operations: Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Findlay, OH (2019-2020)
  • Business Development Representative, Marine: Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Findlay, OH (2018-2019)
  • Partner, Drake, Phillips, Kuenzli & Clark (2016-2018)
  • Associate, Drake Phillips, Kuenzli & Clark (2012-2016)

 Education

  • Juris Doctor, Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, OH (2012)
  • Bachelor of Arts (cum laude), Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH (2009)