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John M. Zukowski, Attorney at Law


John Zukowski is a Partner with Zukowski, Bresenhan & Piazza LLP, where he focuses his practice on oil and gas litigation. John has been a trial lawyer for more than 30 years.  He began his career with a law firm that specialized in insurance defense work.  This early experience gave John a comprehensive introduction to the intricacies of judicial procedure and courtroom work.  He left the insurance defense firm for a more extensive court room experience by joining the Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.  During his time in the district attorney’s office, John tried hundreds of cases, both jury and non-jury.  His experience included everything from bovine-at-large to murder in the first degree with an insanity defense.  Since leaving the district attorney’s office, John has been in private practice providing expert guidance to clients in the energy industry.  He is board certified in civil litigation and his experience covers the complete range of oil and gas cases representing plaintiffs, defendants, individuals, companies, industry and mineral and surface owners.  John has been recognized for his professionalism and achievements by his designation as a Super Lawyer, a title he has held since 2005. He has also received recognition for his expertise in energy law by his inclusion in the Best Lawyers in Texas publication and holds the prestigious Martindale Hubbell rating of Preeminent AV for the Highest Level of Professional Excellence and High Ethical Standing. 

Curriculum Vitae


J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1977

B.S., Wayne State University, 1975

Major: Accounting


All Texas Courts

U.S. Supreme Court, 1977

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1982

U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1978

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1983

U.S. District & Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas, 1983

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1983

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1983

U.S. District Court of Eastern Michigan, 1977

Certified Legal Specialties 

Civil Trial Law, Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Industry Focus

Oil & Gas Litigation

General Business Litigation

Practice Areas

Oil & gas litigation

Oil & gas transactions

Corporate litigation 

Corporate counseling


Texas Bar Association

Houston Bar Association

Honors and Awards

“Super Lawyer” designation, 2005 – current

Martindale Hubbell Preeminent AV Rated, current

Best Lawyers in Texas, current