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 her third term ending in July 2022. 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 has taught continuing legal education courses throughout the United States on a variety of topics as well as the Florida Advanced Judicial College.
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.