Zachary Trader is an attorney at the Mike Slocumb Law Firm’s Birmingham, Alabama office. He dedicates his practice to personal injury law, helping victims of serious accidents and life-changing injuries seek fair compensation and the justice they deserve. He is a fierce advocate for his clients and does not back down from even the toughest of challenges when it comes to protecting their rights.
As the son of two United States Air Force members, Mr. Trader moved around with his family a lot when he was young. Ultimately, his parents settled in Alabama. After graduating from high school, Mr. Trader attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which is where he met his wife, Lauren. He went on to attend Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude and received his J.D. Before joining our firm, he worked for an insurance defense firm, defending insurance carriers and their insured drivers in claims arising from personal injury accidents. This experience has given Mr. Trader insight into how the “other side” works.
Mr. Trader was drawn to the practice of law out of a desire to help people and a passion for arguing. As a child, he would take positions he did not necessarily agree with personally just to have an opportunity to argue. Today, his job as a lawyer is not only to argue on behalf of his clients but also to anticipate what the opposing side intends to argue so he can be prepared. Mr. Trader focuses his practice primarily on representing people who have been injured through the negligence of others, including car crash and trucking accident victims. He also represents surviving family members of people who have lost their lives through negligence or wrongdoing in wrongful death cases.
Defining moments in Mr. Trader’s career include a recent victory in which he helped secure a six-figure settlement against one of the largest dining and hospitality corporations in the country, represented by the largest law firm in Birmingham. As a former defense attorney, he knows exactly what insurance companies and their lawyers will do to defend against his cases. This knowledge helps him fully develop and prepare a case to win at trial. He understands that no one plans for an accident or expects insurance companies to do all they can to prevent victims from getting paid for their injuries. His job allows him to stand in the way of insurance companies that try to take advantage of accident victims. He takes his clients’ cases as personally as they do.
Mr. Trader is admitted to the Alabama State Bar and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section and has been awarded membership in the Order of Barristers, an honor society for U.S. law school graduates. Membership is limited to graduating law students and practicing attorneys who demonstrate exceptional skills in trial advocacy, oral advocacy, and brief writing.
Outside of work, Mr. Trader is an active member of his church and volunteers as an assistant coach for one of his daughter’s U7 soccer teams. When he is not working, he enjoys watching Auburn athletics, golfing, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.