Kristin Zinsmaster doesn’t shrink from the adjective “ambitious.” That’s good. Because it describes an attorney whose list of accomplishments far exceeds the space allotted here.
Here’s a sample: She earned a 4.0 GPA and summa cum laude distinction as a University of Minnesota-Duluth undergrad. In 2010, she finished fifth in her University of Minnesota Law School class and was editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Law Review. She clerked for 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James B. Loken before joining Dorsey and Whitney and, later, Jones Day. Intimidated yet?
These days, she specializes in investigations and white-collar crime. She is a prolific trial attorney, yet much of her work flies under the radar. In internal corporate investigations, she said, the object is to avoid indictments.
Zinsmaster is not one to rest on her laurels — or, apparently, to rest at all. She won the North Star Award from the Minnesota Bar Association for offering more than 50 hours per year of pro bono work and is an active volunteer for organizations like the Children’s Law Center.
Suffice it to say Zinsmaster thrives in competitive environments. “The thing I like most about investigations is that the stakes are high,” she said. “I like being part of the team that helps people through that.”