Krista Mahalak was raised in rural Polk County. She began focusing on trial work in law school, where she was awarded both the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award, and the Outstanding Clinical Student of the Year Award. She has been a practicing lawyer since graduating from law school in 2002. Ms. Mahalak is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She handles a broad range of civil litigation matters with a particular focus on marital and family law, and business litigation.


Ms. Mahalak received a B.A. in English Literature in 1998 from Bethany College, and her law degree from University of Nebraska College of Law in 2002.

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Ms. Mahalak is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She has served as a Board Member for the Junior League of Greater Winter Haven since 2017; she was appointed its Finance Vice President for 2018-2019, and its Community Vice President for 2019-2020. She is a member of the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association and the Willson American Inn of Court. Ms. Mahalak was appointed to the 10th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission in 2018.


Ms. Mahalak lives in Winter Haven with her husband, Alex, and their two sons.