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What This Artwork Means To Us

As a celebration of our firm’s 25th anniversary and remodel, the coffee cup artwork shown here was commissioned as a visual reminder of how everyone who touches the firm has a role in making ZKS a truly exceptional place.  Upon closer inspection of the art, the eye begins to pick-up fragments of the firm’s diverse and wonderful history: photos, letterhead, client events, invitations, newspaper clippings, hand written notes… all chosen and submitted by team members of the firm and then meticulously crafted into art by Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson.  We hope you enjoy this vibrant collage of our history as much as we enjoy it every day.  The next time you’re at the firm we invite you to view it up-close and personally.

With a commitment to client-focused service and professional excellence, ZKS was established in 1984, in Orlando, Florida, by Bernard J. Zimmerman, Wendell J. Kiser and Roland A. “Jerry” Sutcliffe. Over our many years of practice, we have earned a respected reputation within the business and legal communities as a firm that provides results with thorough representation. We aim to exceed, not meet, our clients’ expectations, and you should expect precisely that from us.

We have been consistently recognized as one of the largest law firms in Central Florida since 1989, having more than 35 attorneys practicing in the areas of Corporate, Tax, Real Estate, Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, Estate Planning & Probate and Workers’ Compensation. We possess the sophistication and breadth of experience to handle the most complex and important matters, yet maintain a strong commitment to personal service and nurturing relationships.

Our firm is AV rated through Martindale-Hubbell and awarded with the highest possible professional peer rating for ethical standards and legal ability in the practice of law. Our attorneys have successfully argued matters before state and federal courts throughout the United States, and negotiated and documented hundreds of millions of dollars of transactions throughout the country. Our attorneys have received numerous recognitions and awards including: the designation of Super Lawyer in the Super Lawyers Magazine, being counted among the elite 5% of attorneys in Florida to receive this honor; the designation of Leading American Lawyers, being recommended by our peers through statewide surveys conducted by Leading Lawyers Network, A Division of Law Bulletin Publishing Co.; the Legal Aid Society’s Award of Excellence; the Florida Defense Lawyers Association Pro-Bono Service Award; and the Florida Supreme Court’s Pro-Bono Service Recognition.

Like our clients, the men and women of ZKS have a vested interest in, and commitment to, the future of Central Florida. This commitment to our community is reflected in the daily activities of our more than ninety (90) attorneys, paralegals and staff members who support a variety of civic, cultural, professional, religious and charitable organizations. We have received numerous community service awards, including the Legal Aid Society’s award for service by a Large Law Firm Award.

Finally, we care about our people. Named one of Central Florida Family magazine’s most family-friendly workplaces over the past fifteen years, our employees are empowered to make family a priority.  Because of our comprehensive vision to maintain balance regarding professional, civic and personal commitments, ZKS has consistently anticipated and satisfied the needs of our clients, our people, and our community with integrity and expertise.


“CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of the Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures and policies.”

Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

What This Artwork Means To Us

As a celebration of our firm’s 25th anniversary and remodel, the coffee cup artwork shown here was commissioned as a visual reminder of how everyone who touches the firm has a role in making ZKS a truly exceptional place.  Upon closer inspection of the art, the eye begins to pick-up fragments of the firm’s diverse and wonderful history: photos, letterhead, client events, invitations, newspaper clippings, hand written notes… all chosen and submitted by team members of the firm and then meticulously crafted into art by Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson.  We hope you enjoy this vibrant collage of our history as much as we enjoy it every day.  The next time you’re at the firm we invite you to view it up-close and personally.