Zachariah DeMeola


As one of the managers at IAALS, Zack DeMeola works to improve the delivery of legal services through a variety of projects that focus on education, the intersection of law and technology, and the regulation of the legal profession. As part of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, a national initiative to align legal education with the needs of an evolving profession, DeMeola manages the Foundations for Practice project, which is identifying the foundations entry-level lawyers need to practice and steering legal education toward that end. 

DeMeola joined IAALS in 2017 after having litigated in private practice for six years. He began his legal career in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy, and Social Media law groups of Mayer Brown LLP in Los Angeles, where he also served on the summer associate committee. Prior to joining IAALS, DeMeola was an associate at Baker Hostetler LLP’s Denver office, where he focused his practice on data breach and privacy issues, class action litigation defense, and complex commercial matters. DeMeola was also dedicated to pro bono work in his legal practice, and twice received awards from Mayer Brown for meeting the law firm’s Pro Bono Challenge by billing well over 60 hours a year to pro bono services. His pro bono activities included working with the Alliance for Children’s Rights to represent families at adoption hearings in Los Angeles and working alongside the ACLU in Colorado to reach a favorable settlement on behalf of two women who were wrongfully arrested and prosecuted for crimes they did not commit. In 2015, Colorado Law Weekly recognized DeMeola as one of seven Colorado “up and coming lawyers.” 

DeMeola graduated from William & Mary School of Law in 2010, where he received the George Wythe and Ewell Awards for leadership and service. DeMeola also obtained a Master’s degree in American Studies from the College of William and Mary, and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.


Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility
  • Member, Colorado State Bar
  • Member, California State Bar
  • Founding Member, Denver Legal Hackers

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Lessons from 24,000 Lawyers: Building Foundations for Practice in Law School,” NALP 2018 Annual Education Conference
  • Moderator and Speaker, “Aftermath & Recovery,” Cyber Intrusion: A Conference of Experts, William & Mary Schools of Business and Law, March 2018
  • Guest Lecturer, Advanced Litigation - eDiscovery and Case Management, Arapahoe Community College, Spring/Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
  • Speaker, “Key Issues & Ingredients of Compliant & Effective Information Governance: Compliance with Respect to Handling Data from Inside & Outside the U.S.,” North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance Inc., 12th Academic Medical Center Security & Privacy Conference on “Managing Security & Privacy in an Environment of Increased Risk & Threats,” June 2016  

External Publications

  • Editor and Contributing Author, 2016 Class Action Year-End Review, A Summary of Class Action Litigation in 2016, Privacy Section, Baker Hostetler LLP (2017). 
  • Co-Author, Hazards of Cloud Computing: Using e-Discovery to Create Efficiencies in Business and Law, Law Week Colorado (2016).
  • Guest Editor, The Seventh Circuit Revisits Standing for Data Breach Class Actions, University of Cincinnati Law Review (2016).


  • M.A., American Studies, College of William & Mary
  • J.D., William & Mary School of Law
  • B.A., History and International Relations, University of Pennsylvania