Gina Zapanta | Founder of Empowered with Gina

Life Coach, CEO Lawyer, Advocate, Mom of 6 & Wife

Gina founded the Empowered with Gina platform to create a space for women to embrace their ability to build a life they truly love shunning societal expectations and traumas. Her podcast Empowered with Gina showcases an array of inspirational guests and her exclusive women’s wellness and wealth-building retreats bring women together to build community, self-love confidence and wealth-building education. Gina is also the co-founder of Z.A. Lawyers, serving both California and Louisiana, specializing in accidents, work injuries and employment disputes.
 Gina received her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School Los Angeles. She is mom to six kids, two of which were born through surrogacy. 
In addition to building her platform and law firm, Gina’s passion is addressing education and food-insecurities in underserved communities. In 2020, she and her husband, trial lawyer Mike Alder of AlderLaw, established a $100,000 endowment at her alma mater Loyola Law School for a first generation Latina to attend law school. She consistently contributes to many causes to help further access to quality education and opportunities. 
Furthermore, she created a pilot program with East LA Community College and Rio Hondo Community College entitled ‘The Z.A. Lawyers Legal Leadership Institute’ which gives students on the law school track a unique insight into the practicalities of practicing law. It culminated with four paid internships in her firm.
She co-authored a children’s book with Mike called 10% Magic, which is an introductory road-map for elementary school kids to learn the fundamentals of wealth building and to dispel cultural money-trauma.
Her time is spent between her home in Sherman Oaks, CA and at her family home, Z.A. Ranch @za.ranch in Covington, Louisiana. She is fluent in Spanish.


Board of Director Involvement

  • USC Latino Alumni Association, Corporate Advisory Council
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Foundation
  • Latina Lawyers Bar Association, Advisory Board
  • President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana