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Zahra Shanaz Umansky

Criminal defense Attorney at Orlando, FL

5.0   70 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Zahra

Learn Zahra’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Our criminal defense lawyers handle many types of criminal cases, Drug Offenses and Drug Trafficking Sex Crimes, such as prostitution and solicitation DUI /DWI (drunk driving) for any driver, including DUI for CDL drivers Traffic Violations -speeding, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license Juvenile Crimes Domestic violence Theft, Fraud and Shoplifting Probation Violations Seal or Expunge criminal records.

    31 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    45%

    31 years

  3. Juvenile law
    10%

    31 years

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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Location

The Umansky Law Firm
1945 E Michigan St
Orlando, FL, 32806-4938

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Reviews

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Posted by Jeffrey | May 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Grateful
When I learned that I was being investigated by OPD for an accusation that could have lead to a felony charge against me, I immediately contacted Zahra Umanski for legal advice. From the moment that I retained Zahra as my attorney, I knew that I had made the right decision for my situation. Zahra and Andrea were in constant contact with me, which put my mind at ease. Anytime that I had a question about the case, I was able to talk with them. If they were not available at the moment, they always promptly got back with me. The professionalism displayed by this law firm was second to none. I would highly recommend Zahra and Andrea if you ever find yourself in a situation involving law enforcement that could lead to potential criminal charges against you. My outcome was favorable and I am forever grateful for the help that I received from the professionals at the Umanski Law Firm!
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2019
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Great Service
Zahra and Andrea were absolutely wonderful to work with. I was facing dv charges with a prior and a short stay in the big house. They got my case drop and im able to pick the pieces and continue moving forward thanks to them. Thank you for everything and i wish u two much more success.
Posted by Mitch | February 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Thoughtful, Respectful...
Not a lot of experience with the criminal system, but professional, thoughtful, and respectful it is not. However, was blessed to hire team Zahra Umansky and Andrea who very much are and gave me comfort my case was in good hands. The system is imperfect to the nth degree, so it is important to hire professionals who manage the details, care about their client, and don't pre-judge you on baseless charges you have no ability to address on your own. When your world gets turned upside down, my advice is to hire a team that is willing and able to sort out the situation in your favor. Thank you Zahra and Andrea!
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2019
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Helpful and Informative - Highly Recommended!
I was going through a rough time with my wife when I was charged with first-degree misdemeanor. I was advised to call up the Umansky Law Firm and I got a hold of Zahra and Andrea's legal team and they helped me with my case! My case was dismissed and we got to start on expunging my arrest record immediately after! Thank you Zahra and Andrea for getting us through a difficult time.
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Posted by Jason | January 28, 2019
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Extremely Helpful and Knowledgeable
Zahra and Andrea were very helpful during my situation. As someone who's never experienced any trouble with the law, I was extremely nervous and uncertain on what to do and how the process works. Andrea was very responsive in answering my questions within minutes of receiving my emails. Andrea took time to explain the process to me and what I needed to do before speaking with Zahra. This was very helpful because I was better prepared to listen and comprehend all the important details of my situation. Zahra was very compassionate and understanding. She walked me through the process, explained the basics of the law, and advised me on how to consider my options. Because of her experience and knowledge of the law, Zahra was able to recommend and receive a much better option for my case from the judge than what was being offered by the State's Attorney. She never made any promises and always prepared me for all the different outcomes, but was willing to fight for whichever option I decided. I never want to have to go through the court system again, but if I do, I will definitely contact Zahra and Andrea at Umansky Law Firm.
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Posted by Loretta | January 26, 2019
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Aggressive & Expetise Attorney
I want to express my appreciation to The Umansky Law Firm. When a family member was faced with legal issue that could have changed their life. Atty Zahara Umansky took the case and started working immediately. I am so grateful for Atty Zahara Umansky, with her expertise, compassion, persistence, and aggressiveness. The case was dropped, and Atty Zahara Umamsky won!!! Andrea, her legal assistance is very professional and is prompt in speaking with you immediately. This firm was highly recommended to me and I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs an aggressive law firm and get you the answers and outcome you deserve.
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Posted by Ruth | January 8, 2019
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Outstanding Professionalism
I highly recommend The Umansky Law Firm, with special regard to Zahra Umansky. Ms. Umansky herself, professional, knowledgeable, warm, and gracious, took my son’s case. She laid out in clear language the process, the possible outcomes, and the options that were available. She actively listened to my son’s concerns as well as mine. She answered my questions and gave us sound legal advice. She kept us informed of the progress of the case. This was a very scary time in my and my son’s lives and we were very nervous, but Zahra (that is how down-to-earth she is) eased the rough experience for us, once we realized her extensive legal experience. I felt like Zahra genuinely cared about the outcome for my son–cared about my son—and that personal touch and dedication gave me some peace of mind. Zahra was nothing short of excellent in handling my son’s case, and her assistant, Andrea Edge, respectful, friendly, and courteous, promptly responded to our questions via email and phone. Thank you so much for your legal representation. The result was more than expected. I highly recommend the Umansky Law Firm.
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Posted by Patrick | December 11, 2018
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10/10 !!!
Ms. Zahra Umanski represented me in my case and I could not be more pleased with the results! Not only did Ms. Umanski get my felony charge thrown out but she made the whole experience very stress free. She took care of everything and made sure I was well informed on everything that was going on. Plus she was super nice and actually cared about my case! If I ever need to I will 100% use her again, best representation I could have asked for! Thank you so much Zahra!
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Posted by Jonathan | October 27, 2018
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Highly recommend
Totally professional and will fight for your case until the end. Extremely knowledgeable of the law and knows how to defend your case. I was a little concerned because I had one phone call but during the hearing she fought for me! Nothing but good things to say about this firm!
Posted by Ren | October 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic! Highly Recommend!!
Zahra Umansky is an absolute God-send! Not only is she incredibly experienced (25+ years), and a complete professional, she treats you like a human being throughout the entire process, keeping you up-to-date on all matters and discussing your options. Zahra's breadth of knowledge on criminal matters is amazing and will instantly put you at ease knowing that you are in excellent hands. I HIGHLY recommend her. Thank you Zahra!
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Posted by Jeff | September 4, 2018
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NONE BETTER!!!
We would like to say THANK YOU to the Umansky Law Firm, specifically Zahra Umansky and her team, for the outstanding representation we recently received on behalf of our son. As this was our first experience with the court system, the communication and expertise we received throughout the process was nothing short of phenomenal. Because of Ms. Umansky’s representation and due diligence we received a judgment in our favor and are forever grateful for the time and effort that Zahra and her team invested on behalf of our son. Zahra and the Umansky Law Firm had our son’s back from day one and he never had to once step foot into the court room. We cannot say enough about Zahra Umansky and the Umansky Law Firm and absolutely recommend that they be your FIRST call in your time of need! Thank you again Zahra!
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Posted by B Gopaul | August 20, 2018
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The best lawyer in the state of Florida !!!
I just want to thank the Umansky Law Firm for all that they did, especially Mrs Umansky for all the effort she made in getting my case dropped, I taught I didn't have a chance to get my case dismissed, but she did it, people deserve a second chance in life, and I was fortunate !!! Thanks a Mil !!!
Posted by Manny | July 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Beyond a great attorney
Not only did Zahra Umansky get my charges dropped and expunged, she also kept me up to date with every part of the journey and answered all of my questions in a timely matter as if I was her number one priority. Even 2 years after completing expungement, I emailed her about certain questions I had and she would answer me in less than 30 minutes each time. She is beyond competent in my eyes.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2018
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Zahra was amazing in her ability to guide us through the legal process and ultimately help us with our situation
We visited the Umansky Law firm when my daughter was having some issues as a teenager and we worked primarily with Zahra. She was so knowledgeable, very confident, had great recommendations and handled each meeting very professionally and compassionately. Our end result was very positive.
Posted by Marty Cole | April 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Umansky is by far the best Lawyers.
My case was opened 19 year ago with theft and burgerly charges I hired Umansky and they got me the best deal possible now 19 years later I hired them to get a early probation release the process was so simple they did everything and now I am finally after all these years free and i owe it to them. Thank you so much and they also contacted me to seal my case, I would have never thought to do this. They also treated me like I was to family which made me so much comfortable.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2017
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Zahra Umansky is an excellent lawyer would recommend her highly.
I had contacted Zahra Umansky of Umansky law firm, she is a brilliant and intelligent lawyer, explained clearly what to expect and guided through the court procedures and successfully handled the case, very grateful to her. All her staff is very courteous and helpful. Would highly recommend Umansky Law firm to anyone who is looking for a good reliable lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2016
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Case resolved just as we hoped and we thank Zahra for everything! My son did not even have to step one foot in the court room
Leaving the scene of an accident without providing information case for my son who rear ended someone and actually did not leave the scene of the accident but drove to far down the street causing the charge. He also received a careless driving ticket. Our hopes were that the careless driving ticket would be combined in criminal court and get thrown out and that Zahra would be successful at getting his misdemeanor criminal offense reduced to a traffic infraction penalty since my son is only 19 and has no driving record or accidents. Within a month Zahra did just that an then some. The prosecutor agreed to reduce the charge if we provided proof the claim of the other driver's vehicle damage had been paid in full and we supplied that. From there she informed us she would motion to move the trial date up and motion to have my son dismissed from having to appear. Within I believe a week's time she contacted me back to let me know t was all set and that she would request the judge to therefore drop the careless driving citation since my son was pleading nolo contendre to the traffic infraction penalty with adjudication withheld. The judge agreed and we couldn't be happier with everything that she did for us so quickly. Luckily for my son he was able to continue working during this time and walked away with just a $147 penalty to pay for everything. No points on his license, no traffic fine to pay, no criminal conviction at such a young age for this and not probation or any other things that go along with a conviction further disrupting his life. Zahra was excellent and my son learned a valuable lesson and with very minimal posed against him. Thank you very much Zahra Umansky, we appreciate everything you did and hope you have a very Happy New year.
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Posted by Chris | October 9, 2016
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Great job
I hired Zara. Whom I found through the internet. She was able to get my case dismissed. Couldn't have asked for any better results.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Renting a Vehicle with the Intent to Defraud
Last year I got into a cab under the influence of alcohol and was unable to pay my cab fare becaues I left my tab open at the bar. The cab driver rang the police and I was arrested and charged with a 3rd degree felony of renting a vehicle with the intent to defraud. Over a $30 cab fare. That I was unable to pay under that state of mind. I spent almost 2 full days in jail and felt like my life was falling apart. My mother found The Umansky Law Firm online (after reading great reviews) and so we scheduled an appointment. I had reckless driving on my background, so we thought this would be a difficult case to fight. Mrs. Umansky was extremely professional, personable, poised, and confident, everything that you could want from a lawyer. She was honest and did not guarantee any results (as no lawyer should), however her and her staff told us to fill a few documents here and there, but that she would take care of the rest. Her services allowed me to continue with work, live my life, and move on from the incident. A year later (last week) the case has been dropped and my record has been expunged. Further, her husband provided very kind words that resonated with me and motivated me to get sober. Go in for a consultation, you won't regret it.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2016
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Everything you could hope for in your attorney
I have had the unique experience of being on both sides of a Zahra Umansky case. Years ago, when I worked as her legal assistant, I witnessed first hand the attention to detail and work ethic she applies to each case. When the time came for me to seek representation for myself, there was only one choice. Despite having previously worked for her, Zahra was still able to exceed my expectations for my case. She was able to get the prosecutor to drop my DUI down to a reckless driving and get me some very favorable conditions along with it. I would highly recommend Zahra Umansky and the entire Umansky Law Firm to anyone considering representation.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Umansky Law Firm
  • 2003 - Present
  • City Prosecutor
  • City of Orlando
  • 1996 - 2003
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office of Public Defender
  • 1993 - 1996

Education

  • The Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Stetson University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State V. Grady 2013-CT-12647-A-O
  • DUI WITH CRASH REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING
  • State V. LT 2013-CT-01157-A-O
  • DUI with Property Damage Dropped
  • http://youtu.be/Tc2zf_jCpl0
  • Attorney 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!
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Associations

  • Second Chance Of Florida Foundation
  • Volunteer
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Central Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • 2018 Judicial AV Preeminent Ranking
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • 25 Year Anniversary
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • SuperLawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in Florida
  • The Legal Network
  • 2015
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney in Florida
  • Orlando Life Magazine
  • 2015
  • "Making A Difference"
  • Orange County Sheriff Office
  • 2014
  • Attoney Of The Month
  • Attorney At Law Magazine
  • 2014
  • Award of Excellence
  • Orlando Police Department
  • 2001
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Should George Zimmerman have been arrested?
  • George Zimmerman Trial
  • 2013
  • Headline News After Dark Program
  • George Zimmerman case
  • 2013
  • Under The Microscope: Florida's Stand Your Ground Gun Law
  • The Law of Unintended Consequences
  • 2012
  • New Recruit Class Teaching On Court Room Testimony.
  • Court Room Testimony
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (80)
Given (104)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zahra is extremely bright and likable. She's definitely the lawyer you want if you've been charged with a crime. Zahra will work hard to get you the best result."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I was opposing counsel to Mrs. Umansky when I was an Assistant State Attorney in Orlando, Florida. Zahra was always professional and polite to me. She also is very intelligent and always advocated for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mrs. Umansky is a super star. As a young lawyer, I have looked up to her since the first time I watched her in the courtroom. She handles every case with professionalism and skill. She and her firm are highly respected. I endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with and against Mrs. Umansky on criminal matters. I have always found her to be diligent, intelligent and honest with her clients. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked against Zahra on several cases and have nothing but good things to say about her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Zealous, hard-working, advocate that gets great results for her clients. Well respected by not only her colleagues but opposing counsel and others in the legal community. Would not hesitate to reach out to if need legal advice. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zahra was my attorney back in the day before I was an attorney, she did a wonderful job and I spoke with her on the phone personally. Her and her husband, Bill, run a great firm that is large enough to effectively represent every client, while also maintaining the personal touch of solo firms. Can't recommend Zahra enough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Zahra Umansky. I have known Zahra since she went into private practice in Orlando. Zahra is an extremely diligent, hard-working, conscientious, open-minded and intelligent lawyer. She is very patient and highly professional in the way she handles her caseload and other attorneys. I have seen Zahra in court on a routine, almost daily basis, over the years. Zahra is always well-prepared for court, very respectful to members of the court and opposing counsel, always represents herself in a highly professional manner, and is a genuine and sincere person. She is an awesome lawyer and extremely knowledgeable about the law. She has an extremely strong work ethic. I would strongly endorse/recommend Zahra."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you want the complete package you can't go wrong with Zahra. Smart, sharp wit, and quick on her feet. My compliments come after being on the wrath end of Zahra's cross examinations."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Zahra Umansky for several years. I am aware of her skills as a DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney. She is one of the best. I would consider her to be top notch."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent and well respected attorney."
Juvenile law Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A true professional. Incredibly knowledgeable, and result driven. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zahra Umansky is clearly one of those lawyers one would want to know when they are charged with committing a criminal act. She is highly skilled in the criminal law arena. Zahra is a fierce defender of her clients, and for this reason I am happy to endorse her and recommend her counsel to the public."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Zahra and I worked together on several cases while I was a prosecutor in Orange county. She is an excellent attorney, and always works hard to obtain the best results for her clients. I endorse this attorney."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Intelligent and compassionate with superior communication skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been privileged to have observed Ms. Umansky and observe the quality of her contributions to those of us who have a passion for contributing on Avvo. She has a strong work ethic and puts the client's needs above anything else, and above all very knowledgable. A great attorney all around who has secured great results for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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