Cynthia is an experienced courtroom advocate who strives to achieve effective and practical solutions to protect her clients' legal rights.
Cynthia's clients include individuals, small and large corporations as well as other associations, commercial landlords and tenants, and private and public lenders. She has been involved in various corporate and commercial disputes, contractual disputes, commercial landlord and tenant matters, mortgage enforcement, construction disputes including construction lien litigation, and collection actions. Cynthia has worked diligently on behalf of her clients in all manner of estate disputes. She has experience assisting both Trustees and beneficiaries in preparing and examining applications to pass accounts, disputes with respect to the management of Estates, and has worked with her clients to secure guardianship appointments. In all cases, Cynthia is effective at examining her clients' interests, both legal and practical, and developing a strategy that best achieves results for her clients in the most effective and timely manner.
Cynthia thrives in the courtroom. She works assiduously to ensure that her client's dispute is properly articulated and vigorously advanced. In addition to her courtroom talent, Cynthia appreciates that when protecting her client's best interest, alternative dispute resolution is to be considered in the appropriate case. In this regard, Cynthia has lectured to her peers with respect to mediation strategies.
Cynthia also plays an important role in mentoring future members of the legal community. She is the founder of FEMPOWR, a local practice group for women legal practitioners aimed at empowering and mentoring female professionals. She has a number of formal and informal mentorship relationships, including Giffen LLP lawyers and students. She also taught legal research writing as well as employment law at Conestoga College.
Cynthia has a long-standing belief in giving back to her community for which she was awarded the 2016 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Woman of the Year Award in the professional category. Cynthia has contributed her time, skills and leadership serving in various capacities on a number of Boards, including as Chair of the Board of Trustees of KidsAbility School Authority, the Canadian Cancer Society and Focus for Ethnic Women. Cynthia has also been involved with the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, including the Women's Caucus and as Vice-Chair of the Medical Malpractice Section. Cynthia is currently appointed to the Board of Governors for St. Jerome's University and is the Past-President of the Waterloo Region Law Association Board of Trustees.
In 2022, Cynthia was given the distinct honour of being awarded the Coulter A. Osborne Award which is presented by the Waterloo Region Law Association to one of its members whose integrity, comity and beneficence in professional practice and public life uphold the highest traditions of the profession and enhance the reputation of the Association and its members.