Cynthia is a Shareholder and serves as Chair of the Estate Planning, Fiduciary Advisory Services and Fiduciary Litigation practice groups at Maynard Cooper, in which she has practiced since 1989.
In her Fiduciary Advisory Services practice, Cynthia serves as primary outside counsel to corporate fiduciaries (trust departments, trust companies and wealth management entities), overseeing policies and procedures, marketing materials, corporate restructuring and overall risk management.
In her Fiduciary Litigation practice, Cynthia regularly advises individual and corporate trustees and executors and represents them in pre-litigation, mediation, trial and appellate proceedings. Cynthia also frequently serves as a mediator in trust and estate disputes.
In her Estate Planning practice, Cynthia focuses primarily on assisting clients with the thoughtful management of their wealth and appropriate planning for family members with special needs and circumstances, and includes sophisticated will and trust drafting; estate and gift tax planning; charitable planning; insurance and employee benefit planning; and a variety of wealth transfer techniques. Her estate administration practice is designed to help clients fulfill their testamentary and tax objectives, while strengthening family relationships.
Cynthia's skills have earned her numerous accolades, the most recent of which is her Band 1 ranking by Chambers and Partners as a leading attorney in the area of "Private Wealth Law." She has been awarded The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year - 2015 for Litigation: Trusts and Estates, and she is also consistently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Trusts and Estates. She is also listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers and Alabama Super Lawyers in Trust and Estate Litigation, and Alabama Super Lawyers has recognized her among its Top 50 Lawyers in Alabama and Top 25 Women Lawyers in Alabama. In 2016 and 2017, Cynthia earned the distinction as one of Mid-South Super Lawyers' "Top 50 Female Lawyers."
Cynthia received her J.D. from Yale Law School and holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College.