Chairman and CEO of Zuzu, Inc. & Managing Partner of Zakas & Leonard LLP
Dennis Zakas is a technology lawyer and entrepreneur. Zakas practiced with Winthrop Stimson in New York City and was a partner in the Atlanta offices of Kilpatrick Stockton, Hunton & Williams and McKenna Long & Aldridge. He founded Zakas & Leonard, LLP, a boutique corporate law firm focused on the tech sector. He has represen-ted numerous technology companies and investors in a variety of transactions, including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public and private securities offerings, corporate governance, technology licenses, and other complex commercial transactions. On many occasions, Zakas has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and as a Mergers & Acquisitions Super Lawyer.
In addition to practicing law, Zakas is the Chairman and CEO of Zuzu Inc., a technology company that provides a consumer-to-enterprise search-messaging platform. Zuzu enables consumers to initiate communications with multiple businesses, with a single text. Previously Zakas was the founder and CEO of Group Office Buys, LLC (GOB), an online office products company. In 2016, assets of GOB were sold to another office products company.
Zakas applies his legal experience as a “tech lawyer” and his business experience as a tech company founder and executive (described below) in counseling startup, early-staged and venture-backed technology companies. Zakas has served as a mentor for companies in The Farm (powered by Boomtown) accelerator.
Zakas has been a member of the Board of Directors of TAG since 1999. He was named a 2005 TAG Volunteer of the Year for his role as the founder and initial chair of the Georgia Technology Summit. At several subsequent Summits, TAG recognized Zakas for his contributions. He also founded TAG’s Top 40/10 Innovative Companies Competition and continues to chair the Top 40/10 Committee. Zakas has served as Georgia Co-chair and Counsel of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF). He is also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). Zakas represented Heritage Growth Partners in its investment in East West MFG, a transaction selected by ACG in November of 2017 as a Deal of the Year.
Dennis has three degrees from the University of Virginia: B.A. (High Honors, Economics), M.A. (Economics) and J.D.