Criminal Defense Attorney
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- Juris Doctorate, 1997
- Managing Editor, Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review, 1996-1997
- Drury University
- Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, English 1993
- Arizona – 2002
- Missouri – 1997
- United States District Court, District of Arizona – 2002
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- State Bar of Arizona, Criminal Law Section
- Member of the Missouri State Bar
- Arizona Society of Health Care Attorneys
- Ladder Down Alumni, Class of 2020
- Arizona Women Lawyers Association
- Legal Advisor to the Office of Victim Services, Arizona Attorney General’s Office 2019-2020
- Member of the Taskforce Against Senior Abuse Advisory Board, 2017-2020
- Taught courtroom skills for first responders at Fire/Arson Investigation seminar, 2019
- Extensive Trial Experience
Cynthia became a lawyer in 1997 in Missouri, and practiced in that state for 5 years. She was a judicial clerk for the late Hon. Prewitt at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, in Springfield. Cynthia then joined a small law firm practicing in a small town north of Branson, Missouri, where she began representing clients in equine law, family law, and criminal defense of clients charged with misdemeanor and criminal traffic offenses.
In a cold Midwest February, Cynthia decided to move back to Prescott, Arizona in early 2002. She then took the Arizona Bar examination, and became licensed by the State Bar of Arizona.
Cynthia has 16 years’ experience as a prosecutor first for the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office, where she handled all types of felonies, and then at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office where she prosecuted while collar crimes and health care fraud in many counties in Arizona, specifically assigned to cover the northern half of the State. When she came to a point in her career where she wanted a change, her focus was then directed to criminal defense where she can use the knowledge she gained as a prosecutor to assure a person’s Constitutional rights are not violated, and hold the State to its burden of proving each and every element of a charge beyond a reasonable doubt. Since early 2020, Cynthia has become a criminal defense attorney where she can now help those charged with crimes navigate the criminal justice system seeking the very best possible outcome for each client.
In her free time, you can usually find Cynthia riding her horse in the Sonoran Desert foothills or riding in Ranch Sorting competitions around the state. She has also volunteered with her husband at the Cave Creek Rodeo since she moved to the Valley six years ago.