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Zach Vadakakara Thomas Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Overland Park, KS

4.4   7 reviews

also known as Zach Thomas

  • State Years
    Kansas - KS 13 years
    Missouri - MO 15 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2008
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Zach

Learn Zach’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Drug Crimes, Violent Crimes, Juvenile Crimes, Sex Crimes, White Collar Crimes

    50 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    50 cases

  3. Domestic violence

    50 cases

I am Kansas City born and raised.  I spent four wonderful years in Nashville Tennessee; however, I knew I was coming back home eventually.  After completing law school at the University of Kansas, I began building a foundation for my own law practice.  Initially, I began practicing as a personal injury attorney.  Wanting to gain a better understanding for the craft, and in an effort to gain more experience, I worked for an insurance defense company.  While those jobs taught me about the process, I wanted to hone my skill in the courtroom.   I opened my own criminal defense firm in 2014.  I was in the courtroom nearly everyday.  I worked cases ranging from DUI, Domestic Battery, Murder and everything in between.  

Now, I am putting that foundation to use for my clients. I believe that my success hinges on my reputation with my clients.  As a result, I take pride in ensuring client satisfaction with each case. I would be honored to put my experience to work for you.  

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Posted by Jay | March 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Attorney That Will Fight For You!
I was facing serious felony charges and looking at going to prison for an extended amount of time along with obviously my life changing forever (not in a good way). After getting motions denied, having prosecution over charge me, I almost gave up. In comes Zach Thomas! This man fought for me at trial like he was defending his family. In the end I was found Not Guilty on all charges. Zach literally got me a second chance at life! Zach is hands down THE TOP defense attorney in JOCO, well respected and will listen and fight for you to the very end. I recommend Zach Thomas for any legal issues you may have!
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Posted by Patrick | October 24, 2018
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Excellent, responsive, and recommended
Zach was great and did everything you can expect from a seasoned attorney. He listened closely, addressed my matter, offered me several solutions, counseled me on different pros and cons of each option, and helped me make the right decision. I'm grateful for his expertise.
Posted by Amber | May 4, 2018
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Outstanding Attorney!
When faced with a tough situation which required me to hire an attorney, I was referred to Zach Thomas. This is hands down the best referral I have ever received! Zach took the time to explain all the details of my case and was always available to answer any questions I had come up. He represented me in a way that took a lot of stress and worry off my plate! I can’t say enough about how Zach goes above and beyond for his clients. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal counsel.
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Posted by Chris | January 19, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Thomas is allegedly the best lawyer in the Kansas City area! Did a very good job representing me and was always on time! If you want a lawyer who will be on your side and work for you Mr. Thomas is the guy for your team!
Posted by Manny | December 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
An Attorney You Can Trust!
I had a criminal case sometime back that was a cause of great concern and anguish. Zach took the time to listen to my side of the events and was a great help in answering my questions at all times of the day. He is someone you can trust to help you with your legal issues and an attorney you can trust to have your best interests in mind. Got me my acquittal, recommend him as an attorney for your situation.
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Posted by Maggie | May 27, 2014
what a wonderful attorney in all ways
I have tried to expressed my thanks but words aren't enough for the wonderful job Mr. Thomas did for me with my case . my sincere thanks again
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2016
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The only reason he gets one star is because you have to give a star to write a review.
If you are in any type of legal trouble, then you should run far away from Zach Thomas. I don't know how this man passed the bar. He doesn't answer phone calls, he does not respond to emails, he does not show up to court dates and when he does show up he's 45 minutes late. I was facing felony charges that I know we could've got downgraded to a misdemeanor, but Zach Thomas has no clue how to talk to prosecution. Therefore I ended up stuck with a felony when I didn't have to. I have since fired Zach as my lawyer and I highly recommend you do the same.
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Response from Zach Thomas April 21, 2016
I'm sorry you had a bad experience with my firm. This matter does not sound familiar as I can't think of a case remotely similar to what you've described above. I strive for the utmost client satisfaction in every case. Please contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns."
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Roth Davies LLC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Zach V. Thomas
  • 2014 - 2023
  • Assistant District Defender
  • Johnson County Public Defender's Office
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Franke Schultz & Mullen PC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Associate
  • The Ronan Law Firm
  • 2009 - 2011
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  • University of Kansas
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Vanderbilt University
  • BA
  • 2004


  • Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Asian American Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Asian Bar Association of Kansas City
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Vanderbilt Alumni Association of Kansas City
  • President
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Superlawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best of the Bar
  • Kansas City Business Journal
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy
  • 2013
  • Diversity Scholar
  • Constangy Brooks and Smith LLP
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Know Your Rights and Survive the Encounter
  • Education on personal rights during a police encounter
  • 2015
  • Johnson County Public Defender's Office (In-house CLE)
  • Expert Witnesses: Their role in each case
  • 2013
  • Public Defender's Office
  • Cell Phone Searches and Seizures (In House CLE)
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (10)
Endorse Zach
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Zach is a tremendous lawyer. I have had many cases against him and one thing that stands out about him is his ability to solve difficult situations through negotiation. If negotiation is not the way to go he's not afraid fight for his clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach is truly a top of the line defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Zach is a stand-up guy. He is easy to work with, reasonable, knowledgeable and diligent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Expert in criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Zach Thomas is a superb trial attorney who fights for his clients' rights. He has the skills to win over not only opposing counsel, but juries as well. While working with Zach, I witnessed firsthand his dedication, compassion and talent. Zach is a zealous advocate, extremely knowledgeable, and above all else, completely dedicated to seeking justice for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Zach is an outstanding attorney, very likeable, an excellent communicator, and is very well known in the legal community. Thanks, Brandon"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Zach Thomas is sharp and excited about his field."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Zach is a very good attorney and relates well with his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Zach is naturally comfortable and in control when in the courtroom. In short, Zach owns the courtroom. Moreover, he is a known commodity in the legal profession because of his abilities and his favorable results. He works on his cases into the early morning hours, giving his all for each of his clients. I trust Zach to vigorously represent my clients in criminal matters and refer him to non-clients who are seeking criminal defense or personal injury representation. I am happy to call him friend, associate and partner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent trial attorney. Takes great care of his clients and is a passionate advocate. I would and do refer my clients to Zach for their criminal defense needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Zach. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Zach Thomas is an attorney you can count on. I have seen Zach in trial and he is a force to be reckoned with. He has an ability to connect with everyone; clients, judges, and juries which helps deliver great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Zach has many skills and traits that most people strive a lifetime to achieve. Two of which come to mind: first, are his communication skills, whether he’s speaking to a jury, negotiating with a prosecutor, or making a motion to a Judge. His communication skills are beyond that of many “older lawyers.” Second, his social networking skills, he knows everybody! Chances are, no matter where you case is he probably knows the other parties involved."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Zach is a solid advocate. I would not think twice about hiring him if I was in trouble."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Zach is a well-respected, dedicated, and talented attorney, and he helps make Johnson County a great place to practice law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach is a careful lawyer who does not let details slide. He works with his clients to get them the best result possible."
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Overland Park Criminal defense Lawyer Zach Vadakakara Thomas Jr.
Zach Vadakakara Thomas Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Overland Park, KS
Licensed for 15 years