Kristy Zinna is a Manatee County girl through and through. She attended Tillman Elementary, Lincoln Middle and Palmetto High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida in 2008. Her roots run deep in this community, and she is thoroughly invested in Manatee County’s present and future.
Kristy has worked for both the State Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office in Manatee County. She handled thousands of criminal cases in her years as an Assistant State Attorney and Assistant Public Defender. She effectively supervised these cases while affording all individuals the due process rights to which they are entitled. While working for government as both a prosecutor and an assistant public defender, largely during the years of the Great Recession, Kristy was able to accrue thousands of hours of experience from both sides of the county criminal system in Manatee County. When she left government practice in 2013, she began additionally practicing various fields of civil law.
As someone who is so deeply invested in her community, Kristy Zinna is a candidate with strong legal experience and the attributes to make the transition from practicing law to the bench easily and conscientiously. Should she be elected for this vacancy, she has many years ahead of her to serve Manatee County.
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March 25, 2020 – Today, local attorney Kristy Zinna announced she has filed the necessary paperwork to become the next Manatee County Court Judge, Group 4. Zinna has an extensive legal background working as both an Assistant State Attorney and Assistant Public Defender for the 12th Judicial Circuit.
“I have spent countless hours in the courtroom and know how important it is to have judges with the temperament, patience, courtesy and impartiality to serve on the bench,” said Zinna. “My campaign for Manatee County Court Judge will focus on what it means to be a great judge – following the laws on the books, being fair and impartial, and always being courteous to attorneys and litigants. I am excited to bring these qualities and my experience to the people of Manatee County.”