Zach handles a broad range of areas from business entity formation to drafting and negotiating commercial contracts to assisting small businesses maximize outcomes while minimizing expenses and liability. He assists clients at the "ideation" stage when they're considering starting a new company, identifies and eliminates potential hazards before they crop up, and helps to steer his clients' passion, expertise, and resources down the most advantageous path to achieve their goals. He loves working with aspiring entrepreneurs and veteran small business owners alike. His philosophy is that small businesses comprise the backbone of Hawaii's economy and therefore those businesses need attorneys that are competitively-priced, free of billable hours, and as passionate and hard-working as the clients they are serving. As a small business owner, Zach personally understands the importance of building.
Zach moved to Hawaii in 2007 to serve as a middle school special education inclusion teacher for three years at Ilima Intermediate in Ewa Beach through Teach For America Hawaii. He simultaneously earned his Master's in Special Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's College of Education. In 2013, he earned his law degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's William S. Richardson School of Law, where he focused his studies on legal reform in public education, Native Hawaiian rights, and Federal Indian Law. After clerking for one year under Associate Justice Richard W. Pollack at the Hawaii Supreme Court, he worked for three years as an associate attorney at one of the state’s largest firms, where he specialized in commercial and business litigation practice as well as the firm's public interest work, including class action lawsuits on behalf of students with disabilities.
Zach is the Chief Operating Officer of Barberi Investment Group, which has a portfolio of investments ranging from REITs, clothing apparel companies, and other innovative start-up companies.
Zach serves as a founding board member and President of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit DreamHouse, Inc., a nonprofit that directly supports DreamHouse ‘Ewa Beach, the first approved charter school in Ewa Beach that will serve grades 6-12 starting August 2019.
At Candela Law Group, we resolutely believe that small and mid-size businesses are the engine of Hawaii's economy. But these businesses are more than just statistics. They are people – our friends, aunties and uncles, and neighbors.
Too many of these friends and neighbors have found themselves without help or guidance at the most vulnerable moments of their business. No one should be priced out of the advice they need, when they need it. That is why at Candela it is our mission to provide the highest quality services at an affordable price.
Taking care of our small business community means taking care of our ‘ohana. It means our restaurateurs, medical professionals, non-profits, artists, and entrepreneurs always have a place to go. When we do this, we can ensure the success of our island home. Together, we can thrive.
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