Cynthia focuses her practice in all areas of litigation, including business and complex commercial litigation, class action suits and eminent domain. She also handles municipal law and all areas of real estate, including real estate development. Before resuming her practice in 2005, Cynthia was a Circuit Court Judge for eleven years in the 19th Judicial Circuit which encompasses St. Lucie County, Martin County, Indian River County and Okeechobee County.
Cynthia was elected by her colleagues to serve as the Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit in 2003. Cynthia also served as an Associate Judge on the 4th District Court of Appeals. She was nominated for consideration by the White House to the Federal District Court in 2003. Cynthia has been active with the Florida Legislature on various issues and enjoys a good working relationship with the local delegation at both the State and Federal level.
Cynthia represents public and private corporations as well as individuals. Her clients include major corporations, some of the country’s largest privately held corporations, municipalities, public officials, individuals, trusts and families.
Cynthia was previously the Chairperson of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. She was reappointed to the Commission by Governor Rick Scott for a four year term ending in July 2018. She 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 in 2010. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Martin Memorial Hospital Foundation, as well as the Board of Harbor Community Bank.
Cynthia is a past President of the Port St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Board of Directors of the Treasure Coast Builders Association, Economic Development Council, United Way and Association of Retarded Citizens. She served on the Board of the Childrens Service Council for St. Lucie County and Martin County. Cynthia was 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 serving as a 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.
Dan is the founding partner of Daniel K. Bandklayder, P.A. in Miami, Florida. He is a seasoned trial lawyer with 35 years of experience in complex commercial litigation and bodily injury/wrongful death cases.
Some of Dan’s notable cases include: A $6.5 million settlement for the family of a pilot who died in the November, 2005 helicopter collision at the Homestead-Miami Speedway/NASCAR championship; a $2.1 million settlement in favor of a day laborer injured while operating an aerial boom lift (2014); a $13 million judgment in favor of an individual investor in a government-subsidized housing project (2013); a $1.3 million verdict in favor of an injured motorist against the City of Hollywood, Florida; the reversal of a $1 million dollar “wrongful termination of employment” verdict based upon post-trial discovery of perjured testimony; and, in 2010, a court ordered “writ of mandamus” requiring St. Lucie County to allow Dan’s client to operate its newly constructed $50 million chemical manufacturing facility.
Dan is a 1979 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and is rated “AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell - the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Dan is a former director of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, an FAA-licensed, instrument-rated pilot and an avid motorcycle and classic car enthusiast. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Harley Owners Group and the Antique Automobile Club of America.