Zach Tafoya


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Zach Tafoya represents companies in state and federal litigation involving a broad range of high-stakes, complex business disputes and government enforcement actions.  His experience includes cases involving claims of false advertising, unfair competition, breach of contract, fraud, interference with prospective economic advantage, securities law violations, antitrust violations, breach of fiduciary duty, and insider trading. He also assists clients with internal investigations, including with respect to sexual harassment and hostile workplace concerns.

Zach develops and implements practical strategies and effective solutions to help his clients navigate legal challenges. In addition to his regular work, Zach provides pro bono representation to foster care parents in Los Angeles-based adoption proceedings.


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Pepperdine University, J.D.

Professional Activities

  • Preceptor/1L Mentor, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Volunteer Coach, Pepperdine University School of Law Moot Court Team
  • Co-Author, “Cross-Border Discovery: Subpoenas to U.S. Law Firms Possessing Clients’ ‘Foreign’ Documents” (ABA Antitrust Section, Global Private Litigation Bulletin, February 2020)

  • Representing the owner of the historic Forum arena in a contractual fraud litigation in California state court
  • Defending a market-leading kombucha company against false advertising and unfair competition claims brought in both federal and California state court
  • Defending a leading medical device manufacturer in multiple false advertising and unfair competition actions brought by Attorneys General in California and across the country
  • Representing the operator of the Hollywood & Highland entertainment center in a breach of contract action brought by its tenant, the TCL Chinese Theatre, in California state court
  • Assisting multiple public companies conduct internal investigations regarding #MeToo allegations and general hostile workplace concerns
  • Representing debt-focused investment management companies in tax refund actions brought against the City of Los Angeles in both administrative proceedings and California state court
  • Representing an multi-national financial institution in a variety of mortgage-related securities and contractual indemnification cases in California state court and in state courts across the country