Zahra S. Karinshak


Zahra focuses her practice on whistleblower cases (False Claims Act/qui tam), white collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.  For 8 years, Zahra served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. As a veteran and former state Senator, she has extensive experience dealing with the government.

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  • Emory University School of Law, 1997, J.D., with distinction
    • Top 5% of Class
    • Sidney Parks Scholar
    • Order of the Coif
    • Georgia Assoc. of Women Lawyers Merit Scholarship
    • Emory Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
    • Student Bar Association, Secretary
  • United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, Bachelor of Science, Minor in Arabic, 1989
    • Top Graduate in Law
    • Distinguished Graduate in Political Science
    • Superintendent’s List
    • Soaring Instructor Pilot
    • Wing and Group Command Staffs
    • Intercollegiate Cross Country Team


Due to her experience and expertise, Zahra has been called upon numerous times to be a legal analyst in high profile cases.

Zahra has significant trial experience in both civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts involving fraud, business disputes, discrimination, civil rights, public corruption, and violent crimes.

Zahra also has briefed and argued cases before the Eleventh Circuit. She served as the Deputy Executive Counsel to Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, was an associate at Sutherland, and clerked for the Honorable J.L. Edmondson, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Zahra received her B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy. She was a Captain in the Air Force serving as an intelligence officer and was the top graduate from intelligence school, with the highest academic average in the course’s history. Zahra received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and other awards.

Zahra is a graduate of Emory University School of Law, Order of the Coif, with distinction, where she was a Sidney Parks Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Law Journal.

She is currently serving as lead counsel for numerous whistleblower cases filed under seal across the United States.