Cynthia focuses both her law and mediation practices in all areas of litigation, including complex commercial litigation, class action suits and property rights matters. She also handles municipal law and all areas of real estate development.
Cynthia represents public and private corporations as well as individuals. Her clients include major public corporations and some of the country’s largest privately held corporations, municipalities, public officials, individuals, trusts and families. Her mediation practice is primarily focused on complex case litigation. In addition, Cynthia was a member of the faculty at the College of Advanced Judicial Studies on the topic of mediation.
Cynthia served as a Circuit Court Judge in the 19th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses St. Lucie County, Martin County, Indian River County and Okeechobee County. During that time, she presided over both the civil and criminal divisions and served as the Administrative Judge for both the civil and appellate divisions. Cynthia was elected by her colleagues to serve as the first female Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit. She also served as an Associate Judge on the 4th District Court of Appeals on a number of occasions and was nominated for consideration by the White House to the Federal District Court in 2003.
Cynthia has served as a member of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission since 2014 and has served as the Chair of that Commission. She also previously served on the Judicial Nomination Commission for the 19th Judicial Circuit and was appointed by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to serve on the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel.
Cynthia is a past President of the Port St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce. She served on the Board of Directors of the Treasure Coast Builders Association, Economic Development Council, United Way, Harbor Community Bank, Association of Retarded Citizens, and the Board of the Children’s Services Council for St. Lucie County and Martin County. Cynthia has also served as chairperson of the St. Lucie County Land Acquisition Committee and a member of the St. Lucie County Comprehensive Plan Review Board, as well as the St. Lucie County Infrastructure Task Force. While Circuit Court Judge, Cynthia served with a select committee to represent the State Court Judges in dealing with the Florida Legislature in advocating the proper enforcement of Amendment 7 of the Florida Constitution.
Cynthia graduated in the top 10 percent of her law school class at George Mason University School of Law in 1982 and graduated from James Madison University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science. She has received the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards from the Peer Review Rating of the Bar and Judiciary in Martindale-Hubbell. She is a member of both the Florida and Virginia Bars.