Meet Our Team

 

John C. (Jack) Zinda

Founding Partner / CEO

Jack Zinda is the founder and lead trial attorney of Zinda Law Group. He focuses his practice on catastrophic personal injury, 18-wheeler accidents, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, gas explosions, and other complex litigation.

Jack has served as lead counsel on numerous wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. These have typically been against dangerous truck drivers, drunk drivers, corporations that manufacture dangerous products, and employers who have created unsafe work environments.

As a trial attorney, Jack takes tremendous pride in giving a voice to people and families who need help battling powerful adversaries. He also knows the importance of communicating with his clients. He ensures that they are regularly kept up to date on the progress of their case and that their needs are always put first.

Jack has been recognized nationally by such prestigious law organizations as the National Trial Lawyers Association (Top 40 Under 40, 2012, 2013, and 2019), the highest designation from online law directory AVVO Corporation (“Superb” rating for 2012-2016), Super Lawyers, a publication of Thomson Reuters Corporation (Texas Rising Star for 2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2021) and is a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

A native Texan, Jack graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and political science from Southwestern University, where he distinguished himself as president of the Interfraternal Council and as a member of the Student Congress, the Student Judiciary, Phi Delta Theta, and the Pirates basketball team.

Jack went on to earn his juris doctorate from the prestigious Baylor University School of Law, which is perennially ranked as one of the top law schools for trial advocacy in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. While there, he was one of the finalists in the Bob and Karen Wortham Practice Court Competition.

Over the years, Jack has earned a reputation as a thought leader in the legal industry, and he has been featured as a speaker by the Brain Injury Association of Texas, the Williamson County Bar Association, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Jack has also benefited his professional community as president of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, as a member of the board of directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and as a member of the American Association for Justice, the Texas Bar Association, the Austin Bar Association, and WCBA.

In all his endeavors, Jack is blessed with the love and encouragement of his wife, Melissa, and he takes tremendous pride in their two sons.

EDUCATION

  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D.
  • Southwestern University

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of Colorado
  • State Bar of New Mexico

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association for Justice
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA), Board of Advocates Chair, Board of Directors Member
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association (CATLA), President 2015-2016, Executive Committee Member
  • American Association for Justice Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
  • American Association for Justice Brain Injury Litigation Group
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, 2017-2020
  • Trial Advocates College of Texas
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • El Paso County Trial Lawyers Association

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

  • Super Lawyers, a publication of Thomson Reuters Corporation, Texas Rising Star: 2009, 2011-2012, 2014 – 2021
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
  • The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in Texas, 2015 – 2017 & 2020
  • 10 Best Under 40, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016
  • Clients Choice Award, AVVO Corporation: 2013-2016
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers (2016 – 2020)
  • The National Trial Lawyers’ Trucking Trial Lawyers Association – Top 10, State of Texas (2016 – 2021)
  • The National Trial Lawyers’ National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25, State of Texas (2017 – 2021)
  • The National Trial Lawyers’ National Products Liability Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25, State of Texas (2019 – 2020)
  • The National Trial Lawyers’ National Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25, State of Texas (2017-2020)
  • Lawyers of Distinction (2019 – 2020)

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Ridesharing: Insurance Issues – University of Texas Car Crash Seminar, 2019
  • Law Firm Systems – TTLA, 2019
  • Investigations: Tactics and Techniques That Can Make or Break Your Case – CATLA, 2019
  • Handling your First Wrongful Death Case – Williamson County Bar, 2018
  • How to Calculate Damages for Wrongful Death Claims – ProLaw CLE, 2018
  • Common Legal Issues Facing People with T.B.I. – Brain Injury Association of Texas – 24th Annual Conference
  • Texas Automobile Insurance Policy – Williamson County Bar Association – SPRING CLE, 2010
  • Common Legal Issues for persons with Brain Injuries – Brain Injury of Texas Annual Meeting – 2011
  • Speaker’s Bureau – Mothers’ Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • Jack was featured on episode 26 of the Trial Lawyer Nation Podcast hosted by Michael Cowen.
  • 10 Tactics for Handling Trucking Cases – Hays County Bar Association, 2021

 

Burgess Williams

Partner

Burgess Williams has dedicated his career to defending injury victims against large corporations that are only concerned about their own bottom line. Burgess is a Partner at Zinda Law Group and a talented trial lawyer. He focuses his practice on cases involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, gas explosions, automobile and trucking accidents, traumatic brain injury, and much more.

This respected litigator puts his clients’ interests above all else and fights tirelessly to help them recover the compensation they deserve under the law. He believes that the courtroom is not only a place where people can enforce their rights but also a place where real change can occur. It is with this in mind that he is a fierce defender of the right to a trial by jury guaranteed in the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Burgess has had a lifelong passion for the law, first inspired by his father, who worked as an attorney and who instilled in Burgess a deep appreciation for justice and civil rights. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history from Wake Forest University, where he was a member of the men’s soccer team, Burgess earned his juris doctorate from Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida.

Burgess lived for several years in Latin America, where he became fluent in Spanish. While in Argentina, he founded a company that manufactured luxury leather goods for export abroad. Gaining experience in the business world before becoming an attorney has allowed him to understand a dimension of cases often overlooked or underappreciated.

Admired by clients and colleagues alike, Burgess has earned well-deserved recognition for his numerous accomplishments as an attorney. He is a lifetime member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a distinction held by less than one percent of attorneys nationwide. Burgess has earned an “Excellent” rating and the 2015 Clients’ Choice Award from the Avvo Corporation, an online law directory and has been named in the ‘Top 100 Verdicts in Texas in 2018’ list.

Burgess has further benefited the legal industry through his involvement with a number of professional organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, and the Austin Bar Association. Moreover, he generously volunteers his time with workers’ rights and consumer advocacy groups, as well as with the Democratic Party.

In all his endeavors, Burgess is blessed with the support and encouragement of his loving family. Outside the office, he enjoys watching soccer, exploring the great outdoors, watching films, and listening to music.

EDUCATION

  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D.
  • Wake Forest University, B.A. in history

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • State Bar of Florida
  • State Bar of Minnesota
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • State Bar of Colorado
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association for Justice
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, 2019-2020
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association
  • El Paso County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
  • Avvo Corporation, 2015 Clients’ Choice Award
  • Super Lawyers, a publication of Thomson Reuters Corporation, Texas Rising Star (2019 – 2020)
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Personal Injury Lawyers (2017 – 2020)
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers (2016-2017)

 

Joseph Caputo

Partner

Joe Caputo is the attorney you want in your corner. A partner at Zinda Law Group, he focuses his practice on cases involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, automobile and trucking accidents, premises liability, product injury, and more.

This tenacious litigator not only possesses a deep commitment to the law but also genuinely cares for his clients, striving to help them become whole again, both physically and financially. Over the years, he has helped many accident victims get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. He counts among his favorite aspects of his job building relationships with his clients, and he has garnered their respect and admiration by showing them care and compassion throughout their case and beyond.

After growing up in Austin, Joe graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and communication from Trinity University and subsequently enrolled at St. Mary’s University School of Law. There, he distinguished himself as a member of both the Board of Advocates and the National Mock Trial team. He clerked for Zinda Law Group at the end of his first and second years of law school, and after earning his juris doctorate, he joined the firm as an attorney.

In addition to his outstanding work as a litigator, Joe has greatly benefited his professional community as a member of a number of distinguished organizations, including the Austin Bar Association, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice.

In recognition of his numerous accomplishments, Joe has been selected as one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Texas by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys for three consecutive years (2016-2018) and named to the 2016, 2019 and 2020 Top 40 Under 40 list published by the National Trial Lawyers. Moreover, he is a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a distinction held by less than one percent of attorneys nationwide and has been selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2019.

In all his endeavors, Joe is blessed with the love and support of his wife, Erica, and their two young children, Ellie and Henry. Outside the office, he enjoys spending his time playing golf and basketball.

EDUCATION

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D.
  • Trinity University, B.A. in business administration and communications

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • State Bar of Colorado
    •  Licensed To Practice in Colorado

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, 2019-2020
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association
  • El Paso County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Williamson County Bar Association

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Texas (2016-2019)
  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 Personal Injury Law (2020)
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers (2016 – 2020)
  • Super Lawyers, a publication of Thomson Reuters Corporation, Texas Rising Star (2019-2021)

 

Neil Solomon

Partner

Neil Solomon is a fierce advocate for those who have suffered personal injury. He focuses his practice on catastrophic personal injury, wrongful deaths, gas explosions, automobile and trucking accidents, traumatic brain injury, and more.

Prior to joining Zinda Law Group, Neil practiced law for years with respected defense firms in Texas, representing some of the largest corporations and most powerful insurance companies. Through his many successes, he gained immeasurable insight into defensive strategy. Most importantly, though, he learned as a defense attorney that his true calling is fighting for—not against—individuals and families dealing with personal injury.

Neil now takes tremendous pride in putting his unique perspective and breadth of experience to work at Zinda Law Group. Over the years, he has gained the respect and admiration of clients through his singular ability to empathize with the many burdens injury victims face and to communicate what is fair and just to insurance companies and juries.

A Houston native, Neil first developed an interest for the law from watching his father’s career as an attorney. While taking a business law course, Neil discovered that the legal field was his true passion and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. He went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in government from The University of Texas at Austin and earn his juris doctorate from Emory University School of Law.

Neil is a member of such professional organizations as the American Association for Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, the Austin Young Lawyers Association, and the Austin Bar Association. Active in his community as well, he has generously volunteered his time with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization for nearly five years.

In all his endeavors, Neil is blessed with the love and support of his wife, Casey, and he takes great pride in their son and two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, especially the Texas Longhorns, and playing golf.

EDUCATION

  • Emory University School of Law, J.D.
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Government

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of Colorado
  • State Bar of New Mexico

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

  • Super Lawyers, a publication of Thomson Reuters Corporation, Texas Rising Star: 2020-2021

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association for Justice
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, 2019-2020
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association

 

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