Jackson Walker proudly announces that Jay Dewald and Zach Zurek have been elected as fellows of the San Antonio Bar Foundation (SABF). Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their professional achievements and commitment to the legal community. Through their participation in this program, Jay and Zach will work to expand civics education, ensure equal access to justice, and support the pipeline of future leaders in San Antonio.
Selection as a fellow of the SABF is restricted to members of the San Antonio Bar Association who are in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. Each year, the Fellows Nomination Committee selects one-third of one percent of SABA members to become fellows of the Foundation. The SABF Board of Trustees confirm all nominations.
Established in 1985, the Fellows Program comprises more than 600 Fellows across three levels of membership Fellows, Life Fellows and Sustaining Life Fellows. Fellows who complete their pledge of support become Life Fellows of the SABF, and continued support after a Fellow’s pledge is complete elevates a Life Fellow to a Sustaining Life Fellow.
The largest bar organization in San Antonio, the San Antonio Bar Association provides continuing legal educational programs for the legal community and legal outreach for the public. The San Antonio Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the association, supporting programs like Amigos for Mediation and The Community Justice Program. To learn more, visit the San Antonio Bar Association website.
As Chair of Jackson Walker’s Investigations & White Collar Defense practice, Jay Dewald oversees a powerhouse team that includes a former Chief of White Collar Prosecutions and Health Care Fraud Coordinator for the Northern District of Texas, an SEC Division of Enforcement attorney, and a former Chief of the Financial Litigation Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas. In his practice, Jay focuses on white collar criminal defense, crisis management, regulatory and civil “qui tam” enforcement, and internal investigations.
Outside of his practice, Jay serves on the Federal Bar Association’s Board of Directors, the Texas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, the Wimberley Institute of Cultures, the North Texas Crime Commission, and the San Antonio Snack Pak 4 Kids organization. He has also volunteered at the Wills for Vets program at the Veterans Affairs Hospital. In recognition of his practice and commitment to serving the community, Jay was recognized with an Outstanding Lawyers Award by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2019.
Zachary C. Zurek represents businesses, individuals, fiduciaries, and healthcare professionals through litigation in both state and federal courts. Zach has also represented clients in FINRA, AHLA, AAA, and private arbitrations.
In addition to his practice, Zach volunteers his time as a Director of the Federal Bar Association, Vice President of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, a Barrister of the William S. Sessions American Inns of Court, and a Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Association San Antonio & South Texas Chapter. In 2019, he was honored at the St. Mary’s University School of Law Graduates of the Last Decade Council’s 10 Under 10 Luncheon.