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Krista Mahalak

Family Attorney at Winter Haven, FL

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Krista Hendrick

  • State Years
    Florida - FL 13 years
    Nebraska - NE 21 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2010
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NE
    Acquired 2002
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Krista

Learn Krista’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family

    15 years, 200 cases

  2. Litigation

    20 years, 300 cases

  3. Appeals

    20 years, 30 cases

Krista Mahalak is a board certified family law and general litigation trial lawyer who has been practicing for 15 years and places excellent communication with her clients as a top priority. Having tried over 100 cases to a jury, Krista is comfortable in a courtroom. Krista also feels strongly that because of the potential emotional and financial toll of prolonged litigation, a successful mediation may often be a better alternative to a trial.



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Posted by Laura | January 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Capable and brilliant!
Krista handled my case is a timely and professional manner. She always returned my phone calls/emails and went above and beyond the call of duty. I trust her advice implicitly, based on her education and extensive experience. There is not anyone else I would choose to represent me.
Posted by Jason Robbins | October 24, 2015
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Very Talented Attorney
Krista is a very Talented and well rounded attorney. I've used several attorney's in the past and i feel that she is much easier to talk and work with. She far exceeded my expectations and i would highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great Communicator
Krista listens carefully to client questions and concerns and responds quickly and clearly with advice and direction. Krista made me feel very comfortable and kept me informed about my case every step of the way. I would be happy to refer my family, friends and even strangers to her and I'm sure they will be happy with her legal expertise.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Peterson & Myers, P.A.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Sharit, Bunn & Chilton, P.A.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate
  • Frost Van Den Boom, P.A.
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Prosecutor
  • Lancaster County Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2009
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  • University of Nebraska College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Bethany College
  • B.A.
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Sturgeon v. Gourmet Foods & Products, 2015 Lexis 13755 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015)
  • Case affirmed on appeal.
  • City of Winter Haven v. Landings WH Partners, LLC,
  • Affirmed on appeal.
  • Jensen v. Jensen, 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 2331 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014)
  • Affirmed on appeal.
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  • Willson American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Judicial Nomination Committee
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2019
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Lakeland Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Willson American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Florida Bar
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Florida Bar
  • 2012
  • 2002 Student Advocacy Award
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 2002
  • Outstanding Clinical Trial Student of the Year
  • University of Nebraska College of Law
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Tenth Circuit Professionalism Roundtable
  • Professionalism Panel Member
  • 2016
  • City of Winter Haven Lunch and Learn
  • Modern Family Law Issues
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (9)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Krista is intelligent, hard-working, practical, professional and a dedicated advocate for her client. She is also always willing to share her time and insights with other attorneys. I highly endorse Krista as a skilled family law and civil litigation attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Krista Mahalak as a superb family law attorney. We were opposing counsel on a post judgment family law matter, and her professionalism, knowledge of the law and dedication to her client was second to none."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mrs. Mahalak I one of the best lawyers around town, and she is an even better person. I Highly endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer for family law, personal injury/wrongful death, and general civil litigation. We have worked together on medical malpractice matters and, of all things, a patent infringement matter. Krista is tenacious and not the least bit intimidated by any opponent, yet she retains an empathy for her clients that serves them (and her) well."
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Krista came to Polk County with great trial experience as a prosecutor. Krista quickly found herself at one of Polk County's most prestigious law firms. Krista always has a smile on her face and walks in the door loaded for bear. Don't let her smile fool you, she is a very competent lawyer and a blessing to her clients."
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Winter Haven Family Lawyer Krista Mahalak
Krista Mahalak
Family Attorney
Winter Haven, FL
Licensed for 21 years