Professional Biography
Zachary Newkirk

Zachary J. Newkirk Associate



Zachary J. Newkirk focuses his practice on voting rights litigation, representing a wide range of clients opposing restrictions on the right to vote. He has worked on cases at all stages of litigation and has drafted numerous motions and briefs across a spectrum of issue areas in state and federal courts, including state supreme courts, federal appellate courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He also maintains a robust pro bono practice in the area of civil rights, human rights, immigration, and a veteran’s discharge upgrade application.

Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Zachary was a law clerk for Chief Judge Mark E. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. There, he gained substantial experience working on several significant election and constitutional disputes.

While earning his J.D. and M.A. from Duke University School of Law, Zachary served as a legal extern to the North Carolina State Board of Elections and as a legal intern for the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law. He was also an online and staff editor for the Duke Law Journal and has been published in the Florida State University Law Review, American Journal of Legal History, the Journal of Southern Legal History, the University of Chicago Law Review Online, and Judicature.

Related Employment

  • Legal Extern for the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Raleigh, NC,  2017
  • Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, D.C., Voting Rights Project Legal Intern, 2015


  • Chief Judge Mark E. Walker, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2017 - 2019




Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D./M.A., History, 2017, Staff Editor, Duke Law Journal
  • Cornell University, B.A., History; Government, magna cum laude, 2012