Kristin Zinsmaster

Kristin Zinsmaster
Professional Title
Criminology '07

Minneapolis, MN

Kristin graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Criminology and minors in Political Science and History. During her four years at UMD, Kristin also ran twelve seasons of varsity cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. She captained the Women’s Cross Country team in 2005 and 2006 and was co-captain of the Women’s Track Team in 2007. She achieved Academic All-American Honors in Cross Country in 2005. Kristin was the Student Commencement Speaker for UMD’s Class of 2007. She went on to attend law school at the University of Minnesota, graduating magna cum laude and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Minnesota Law Review. Following law school, Kristin clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Today, Kristin practices law with the international law firm, Jones Day. She is a trial attorney with both a civil and criminal practice and also handles government and internal investigations. Her clients range from individuals accused of wrongdoing to the largest of public companies. Kristin maintains an active pro bono practice, representing individuals who qualify for the services of the public defender in federal court. She also serves on the Board of Directors of CycleHealth (a division of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities); chairs the Outreach function at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in downtown Minneapolis; and teaches yoga.

Kristin lives in Minneapolis with her fiancé, James Narr, and their small zoo (two cats and a dog). Kristin and James enjoy being active and being outdoors—preferably at the same time—and sampling all of the best bars and restaurants in the Twin Cities.