Zachary (Zac) Bolitho is a trial and appellate lawyer.  He uses his unique blend of experience as a federal prosecutor, high-ranking U.S. Department of Justice official, and award-winning law professor to represent companies and individuals in criminal prosecutions, government investigations, internal investigations, regulatory compliance matters, and constitutional litigation.

From 2017-2018, Zac worked on the staff of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  He was ultimately promoted to Associate Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Staff, serving as one of the Deputy Attorney General’s principal advisers.  In that position, Zac assisted in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the entire U.S. Department of Justice.  Additionally, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Zac to serve as the Department of Justice’s ex officio member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.  In that capacity, Zac represented the Department’s interests at the Commission and developed an in-depth understanding of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Earlier in his career, Zac tried cases and handled criminal appeals as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Tennessee.  He primarily prosecuted fraud, public corruption, and violent crime cases.  Zac’s caseload at the U.S. Attorney’s Office included some of the District’s most high-profile and complex cases.  He also briefed and argued a variety of cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

In addition to his Of Counsel role at Cranfill Sumner LLP, Zac is an Associate Professor of Law at Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, North Carolina.  His teaching load includes Federal Crimes, Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts, Evidence, and Trial Advocacy.  Zac has been voted “Professor of the Year” by the student body on three occasions, has received the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and has taught judges and lawyers internationally through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT).

Zac began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge David W. McKeague of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and he was also an associate at a large international law firm.  Zac received his J.D., summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law.  While in law school, Zac was on the Editorial Board of the Ohio State Law Journal and won a national moot court championship.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mount Union where he was the top student in his graduating class.


  • The Hearsay and Confrontation Clause Problems Caused by Admitting What a Non-testifying Interpreter Said the Criminal Defendant Said, 49 New Mex. L. Rev. 194 3 (2019)
  • Plea Bargaining (Legal Treatise) (Juris Publishing 2017)
  • The U.S. Constitution, The U.S. Department of Justice, and State Efforts to Legalize Marijuana, 4 Lincoln Mem’l L. Rev. 42 (2017)
  • Navigating the First Year of Law School: A Practical Guide to Studying Law (Carolina Academic Press 2016)
  • Specifically Authorized by Binding Precedent Does Not Mean Suggested by Persuasive Precedent: Applying the Good Faith Exception after United States v. Davis, 118 W. Va. L. Rev. 643 (2015)
  • Evidence and Social Media, Now Comes the State: A Publication of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys (May 2016)
  • Using the Standard of Review to Advance Your Arguments on Appeal, American Bar Association Appellate Practice Newsletter (June 2012)
  • Punitive Damages, Due Process, and “Exacting Appellate Review:” Progress in the Circuits, Certworthy (Summer 2009)
  • When Fantasy Meets the Courtroom: An Examination of the Intellectual Property Law Issues Surrounding the Burgeoning Fantasy Sports Industry, 67 Ohio St. L.J. 911 (2006)

Most Recent Posts


Zac Bolitho Featured in News & Observer

Zachary Bolitho was quoted in the recent News & Observer article, “Two years ago, DOJ and ICE sought data on every voter in NC. They still won’t say why.” The article discusses 2018 subpoena requests involving voter information from the U.S. Department of Justice and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.… Read More


Cranfill Sumner Attorneys Lead PLAN Webinar

Stephen Bell, Zac Bolitho and Patrick Mincey led the recent PLAN webinar entitled “Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement at the SEC & DOJ: Trends, Considerations & Strategies for D&O Carriers and Counsel.” The webinar was held on Sept. 30.… Read More