Zina Bash is a Partner at Keller Lenkner LLC. She is an experienced lawyer and policy advisor and has served and worked with public institutions at the highest levels of federal and state governments.
Before joining Keller Lenkner, Zina was Senior Counsel to the Attorney General of Texas, where she helped manage legal policy and strategy for one of the largest state attorney general offices in the country. As part of her duties, Zina advised the Attorney General on whether and where to initiate affirmative litigation, and she participated in matters spanning a range of subjects, including constitutional law, consumer protection, and environmental law.
Zina also developed strategies to build support for the office’s positions across the public and private sectors. She crafted communications plans, built coalitions among states and interest groups, and engaged federal agencies and congressional leaders when appropriate. In addition, Zina counseled state agencies, state officials, and municipalities on critical legal issues. And she was the principal liaison between her office and the offices of other state attorneys general and the U.S. Attorney General.
Previously, Zina worked in the White House, both on the Domestic Policy Council as Special Assistant to the President for legal policy and regulatory reform and as an advisor to the White House Counsel. She also served as senior counsel to Senator John Cornyn and the Senate Judiciary Committee, where her focus was on legislation in areas of importance to the business community, including securities regulation, the bankruptcy system, and patent law. During prior stints in the private sector, Zina was an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and was Executive Vice President of Strategy for a large hospital system in south Texas.
Zina served as a law clerk for Justice Samuel Alito at the Supreme Court of the United States and for Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard College, her M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was Supreme Court Chair for the Harvard Law Review.