Meet the Candidate

Zahra Karinshak


I grew up in poverty in the rural town of LaFayette, Georgia. My parents struggled financially, so as the oldest of five children, I was responsible for helping to make ends meet. Moving from housing project to trailer park, we relied on food stamps to put dinner on the table. Despite our limited means, my parents worked hard to provide us a supportive home and a quality education. Through their sacrifice and perseverance, I learned the values of integrity, honesty, hard work, and service.


My life changed when Representative Buddy Darden nominated me to attend the United States Air Force Academy. While there, I ran cross country and was a soaring flight instructor. I graduated in the 10th class to accept women. Then, as an Air Force intelligence officer, I served during the first Gulf War supporting Operation Desert Storm. I am honored to have received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and many other awards while serving our country.

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After serving our country in the Air Force, I pursued my dream of becoming a lawyer. To do so, I returned to Georgia to attend the Emory University School of Law. During my legal career, I have served in numerous capacities, to include serving as legal counsel to Governor Roy Barnes where I was part of the team that changed the Georgia flag. I also helped pass legislation, to include the establishment of a protective order registry to protect victims of domestic violence. Next, I served as a federal prosecutor for the Northern District of Georgia where I prosecuted child predators, sex traffickers, fraudsters, gun smugglers, and other crimes. One initiative I am particularly proud of is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that took guns out of the hands of violent criminals and reduced crime in the affected communities.

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Today, I am a partner at the Atlanta law firm of Krevolin & Horst where I lead the firm’s whistleblower practice. I work with my clients to expose fraud and corruption at the highest levels. By defending their rights, we have saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars while promoting transparency and exposing corruption. I am considered a top lawyer in Georgia and my peers have ranked me as a top 100 Georgia Super Lawyer.


I live with my family in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where we have lived for the past 24 years. I have been married to Bruce Karinshak for 27 years, and we have two teenage daughters. Bruce works for the Coca-Cola Company, and is a West Point graduate who served in the Army as a Combat Engineer (Airborne Ranger qualified). We are active members in our church and are involved in our community.