Zachary Vaughan is an associate in the Firm's Litigation department. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Vaughan served as a law clerk to the Hon. Colleen McMahon of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and from 2012 to 2013, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. D. Michael Fisher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Vaughan was recognized in 2017 as a Rising Star in the New York-Metro edition of Super Lawyers.

Representative Matters

  • Representing financial-guaranty insurance company in contract and fraud litigation against institutions that sponsored and originated residential mortgage-backed securities

  • Representing multinational corporation in connection with investigations related to energy-performance contracts in upstate New York

  • Representing a leading chocolate and confections company in a putative consumer class action challenging various statements on labels for chocolate products

  • Successfully represented energy company in private arbitration regarding contract claims brought by former customer

  • Representing pro bono criminal defendant in First Department appeal from conviction on charges of gang assault

  • Successfully represented pro bono client in administrative appeal from designation on New York Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • New York
  • District of Columbia


  • "The Reach of the Writ: Boumediene v. Bush and the Political Question Doctrine," 99 Geo. L.J. 869 (2011)
  • "The Paradox That Wasn't: Federal Preemption of State-Law Voice Misappropriation Claims," 11 J. Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law 694 (2012)