Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Cindy is a 1998 graduate of The Florida State University College of Law, where she served as the 1997-98 Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Her article, “Lagging Behind the Times, Parenthood, Custody, and Gender Bias in the Family Court,” published in this Law Review, was voted the Best Law Review Article for Volume 25 (1997-98). The article has been cited as an authority in a number of law suits and incorporated into a number of family law curricula in schools throughout the U.S. Cindy also received a number of scholastic and leadership awards while in law school, including the Seminole Torchbearers Award for outstanding leadership. Following graduation, Cindy served as a long-term career attorney on the chief judge’s staff at the First District Court of Appeal, the state intermediate appellate court with the largest jurisdiction in Florida. Here, she processed thousands of appeals, with the primary focus on criminal post-conviction and direct appeals.
Cindy, a tremendous animal lover, was one of the first lawyers in the country to practice in Animal Law, providing a much-needed voice to animals in need. Related to this, she has taught Animal Law for several years at the FSU College of Law, where her co-authored article, “Dangerous Dog Law: Failing to Give Man’s Best Friend a Fair Shake at Justice,” was published in 2007 by the Michigan State University College of Law Animal Legal and Historical Center. This article has also been cited as an authority and used in animal law curricula throughout the U.S. Additionally, she has taught Business Law and Property Law for a number of years at Thomas University and the Tallahassee Community College.
Cindy is also a decorated Guardian ad Litem for the Second Judicial Circuit in Florida, having served for 16 years to protect the interests of children. Interestingly, Cindy served from inception as the Executive Director of the With Arms Wide Open Foundation, created by the rock group Creed, a position filled with great reward in regard to helping needy children, but also providing some intriguing stories such as the time she was backstage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Woodstock ’99 while Creed performed.
Cindy joined the Mattox Law staff in 2018, largely due to her desire to become active in civil rights and plaintiffs’ discriminatory and retaliatory labor law cases. Interestingly, Cindy has known Marie Mattox for 26 years, when she was selected as a juror for Ms. Mattox’s very first Whistleblower and First Amendment Retaliation case (which Marie won ). Cindy has two phenomenal adult daughters, Jade Elizabeth, who is currently traversing the outdoor wonders of the great state of Colorado with granddog “Waffles,” and Jazlyn “Jazzy,” recently admitted to the FSU School of Music, and Cindy’s “mini me” who can often be found accompanying Cindy to depositions and hearings as a legal assistant.
Florida – 1998
Florida – Northern and Middle District Federal Courts
1998 – Florida State University College of Law
1990 – Florida State University Double Major – Political Science & Communications