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Zahra Shanaz Umansky

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Zahra Umansky was a former Assistant Public Defender in the 18th judicial circuit in Brevard and Seminole Counties, Florida.  As a former Public Defender, Zahra had over a hundred trials including crimes such as robbery, theft, assault, battery, prostitution, drugs, trafficking, dealing in stolen property, fraud, sex crimes, driving under the influence, and many other Felonies and Misdemeanors.  She was able to secure many not guilty verdicts and judgment of acquittals protecting her client's right to liberty.  After Zahra left the Public Defender's office, she was appointed by the Honorable Glenda Hood, Mayor of Orlando, as the City Prosecutor for the City of Orlando, Florida.

As City Prosecutor, Zahra was successful in the implementation and prosecution of many types of criminal matters including crimes of disorderly conduct, assault and battery, resisting arrest without violence, trespass, indecent exposure of sexual organs, solicitation to commit prostitution and many other criminal and or ordinance violations. Zahra also served as the prosecutor before the City's Nuisance Abatement Board.  She was also a legal advisor to the Orlando Police Department on matters involving search and seizure law, trespass, drugs, domestic violence etc.  As a legal advisor, Zahra trained police in matters of search and seizure laws, Miranda and other constitutional rights.  She reviewed search warrants, wiretap applications, and gave police last minute advice they needed before they made arrests.

While City Prosecutor for the City of Orlando, Zahra was appointed Special Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth judicial circuit to prosecute Firework cases here in Orlando, Florida.  As a former prosecutor and legal advisor, Zahra can see and evaluate your case from both sides of the law.  As a former police legal advisor, she understands how the Police investigate and secure their evidence and as a former prosecutor, understands how the State of Florida will present their case in court against you.  Zahra Umansky is dedicated to defending the rights of her clients and approaches each case with aggressive and diligent representation.  At the same time, she treats each client with the dignity and respect.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
    22 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 45%
    22 years
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    22 years



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  • Eric Joseph Dirga

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Mrs. Umansky is an excellent attorney and zealot advocate for her clients. She is a legal scholar that is always on top of the current law and legal trends. Zahra is well respected in the legal community and this is definitely reflected in her courtroom demeanor.


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  • William David Umansky

    Zahra Umansky is my wife so I may be a little biased but I think she is the complete package as a lawyer. She is intelligent, aggressive, sharp, quick on her feet and is a fearless advocate for her clients. She wants the best results for her clients and works hard to achieve those results with class, preparation and savvy. Zahra is an unbelievable lawyer in my opinion!


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FLMember in Good Standing199309/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Top Lawyers in FloridaThe Legal Network2015
"Making A Difference"Orange County Sheriff Office2014
Attoney Of The MonthAttorney At Law Magazine2014
Award of ExcellenceOrlando Police Department2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Umansky Law Firm2003 - Present
City ProsecutorCity of Orlando1996 - 2003
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of Public Defender1993 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Second Chance Of Florida FoundationVolunteer2011 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Central Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer's AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome Umansky was successful in getting the State to reduce the Felony to a misdemeanor possession charge for her client. The client will now be eligible to seal their record after a very short period of probation!
State V. LT 2013-CT-01157-A-ODUI with Property Damage Dropped
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Publication nameTitleDate
CNN Soledad O'BrienZimmerman/Trayvon Case2012
Miami HeraldZimmerman/Trayvon Case2012
People MagazineInside the Casey Anthony Trial: Who Is Judge Belvin Perry?2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Stetson UniversitySociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Should George Zimmerman have been arrested?George Zimmerman Trial2013
Headline News After Dark ProgramGeorge Zimmerman case2013
Under The Microscope: Florida's Stand Your Ground Gun LawThe Law of Unintended Consequences2012
New Recruit Class Teaching On Court Room Testimony.Court Room Testimony2012