Section Meeting - In-House/Corporate Law

  • 17 Jan 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PST)
  • First American, 4 First American Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707



US History of Land Registry and Creating Capital

Presented by: Zachary Zaharek, Esq.

Speaker Biography: Zaharek is employed by First American Financial Corporation.  Currently, Zaharek is Division Vice President, Senior Corporate Counsel.  He has provided counsel to various First American entities including real estate databases, home warranty, natural hazard disclosures and accounting software units.  Zaharek also created a Legal Department in India which currently employs 14 attorneys in Bangalore.  Zaharek also co-founded and was the first Chairperson of First American’s Diversity Advisory Council which promotes diversity in the work place.

Prior to First American, Zaharek was: general counsel of Optima Funding; corporate counsel at Downey Savings and Loan; and corporate counsel at Procter & Gamble. Prior to entering the corporate world, Zaharek was in private practice representing mortgage lender creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

Currently, Zaharek teaches at the University of California, Irvine’s Paralegal extension program. He teaches Intellectual Property and Business Law.  In 2006, Zaharek was awarded Distinguished Instructor of the Year.  Zaharek speaks regularly before the Orange County Paralegal Association.  Since 2005, Zaharek has sat on the University of California, Irvine’s Curriculum Advisory Council.

Zaharek has also been an Adjunct Professor at Western State University, School of Law.   He teaches Contracts Drafting.

Zaharek is Past President of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel - America (ACCA).  ACCA is the largest in-house bar association in the country.  Zaharek has served on the ACCA Board for ten years.  Before this Zaharek served on the Los Angeles County Bar Corporate Counsel Section, Executive Committee.

Zaharek is also a Board of Director and Treasurer of the Public Records Industry Association.  And a member of the American Land Title Association, and the California Land Title Association.

Zaharek is the head coach in multiple youth sports organizations including girls soccer, softball, and basketball, where he coaches his 12 and 13 year old daughters.

OCPA is a State Bar of California Approved MCLE provider and certifies that this seminar qualifies for MCLE CREDIT 1.0.

Event Fee: $10.00 for OCPA members, $20.00 for non-members and $20.00 for all walk-ins who have not pre-registered online (both members and non-members) IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE. Walk-ins are on a first come first serve basis.

Location: First American, 4 First American Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707

Parking: Free.

Refreshments will be provided thanks to the Corporate/In-House Section Chairs.

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*Space is limited for all OCPA events, so please submit your reservation via this website event. Walk-ins are welcome on a first come first serve basis if space is available.

*Cancellation Policy - If you need to cancel your reservation, please e-mail In-House/Corporate Section Chair, Lindsay Soule at No refunds will be issued. Credit for a future meeting will be held in your OCPA account which may be applied to future meetings if your cancellation is received no less than 48 hours prior to the event.

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