Meland Budwick, P.A.'s Zachary N. James Appointed By Governor To Miami-Dade County Court Bench

Meland Budwick, P.A. | June 18, 2019

MIAMI – June XX, 2019  Meland Budwick, P.A. today announced that Partner Zachary N. James has been appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to serve as a Miami-Dade County Judge.

James is no stranger to civil service. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of California and also served as a state prosecutor and a trial attorney for the Department of Homeland Security. There, he focused on prosecuting human rights violations with the Human Rights Law Section. During his governmental career, James investigated and tried high-profile human rights violations cases, major felony crimes, and homicide extradition proceedings. Additionally, he presented more than 100 cases for indictment to federal grand juries, authored numerous appellate briefs, and argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

“Zach is a sterling example of the ideals we as a firm hold most dear: hard work, dedication and a tireless commitment to fair play, said Michael Budwick, partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Fraud Group. “While we will miss him, he will be an outstanding jurist and advance the interests of justice in our community.”

Added James:  “I will work tirelessly in my new position to uphold the law and to promote public trust and confidence in the judiciary and in me,” said James.

At Meland Budwick, P.A., James is a highly experienced business litigator who has tried more than 30 jury trials and took scores of bench trials to verdict. He is a skilled strategist, advising clients on complex business matters before, during, and after litigation.

He received a law degree magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin.

About Meland Budwick, P.A.
Meland Budwick, P.A. is a Miami-based law firm that provides real estate and developer representation, corporate bankruptcy and reorganization, receiverships, financial frauds and Ponzi schemes litigation, and complex commercial litigation services to a broad array of corporate, fiduciary and individual clients. The firm was co-founded in 1993 by entrepreneurial, business-minded attorneys with a vision to create a results-focused, diverse firm that provides high-quality legal counsel along with a personalized, client-centric approach. As part of the firm’s culture of community service, its attorneys are actively involved at high levels with the local bar associations and serve on the boards of numerous community organizations. Its attorneys are recognized by Chambers and Partners and rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. For more information, visit

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