Biography written by Kristen E. Lipschutz
I was introduced to Cyndi in 2010 and I have been learning from her ever since.
Cyndi served as a law clerk to the justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. As a law clerk, she worked on a variety of family law, probate and equity matters in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties. Cyndi not only learned the inner workings of the Probate and Family Court, but she had the distinct opportunity to learn from our judges and research and write on a variety of legal issues.
Cyndi is an incredible writer. She has the unparalleled ability to advocate for her clients through her words. Her writing is clear, concise and persuasive, which serves her clients well when she is arguing an issue before the court. Cyndi has written many appellate briefs, including a brief for a recent appeal involving the new alimony reform act which was heard and decided by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Cyndi’s strength as a writer also makes her a flawless drafter, which is an essential skill as a family law attorney. As advocates, it is not only important for us to negotiate the terms of a settlement, but also we must be able to document the terms clearly to ensure enforceability.
Cyndi has contributed to several family law articles and publications including the Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual (MCLE) and has authored publications including Letting Down Their Guard, What Guardians Ad Litem Should Know About Domestic Violence in Child Custody Disputes, 24 B.C. Third World L.J. 283 (2004).
Cyndi is a seasoned family law attorney. She has intricate knowledge of the Massachusetts laws governing family law issues, but more importantly, Cyndi knows how to creatively and effectively apply those laws to each of her cases. Her practice and skill set is dynamic. In addition to her strength as a writer, Cyndi is a wise negotiator and a passionate advocate in the courtroom. You can always count on Cyndi to be prepared for whatever issue may arise in any case and she handles every challenge with poise and the utmost professionalism.
Cyndi is an officer of the Executive Committee of Lawrence Bar Association and has volunteered her time to assist with annual Law Day events, and to arrange for speakers and education panels for other members of the bar. Cyndi is also a member of the family law sections of the American Bar Association and Massachusetts Bar Association.
I have been lucky to call Cyndi my teacher, my mentor and most importantly, my friend. Her dedication to her clients is inspiring and I strive to exude her compassion. I am proud of the example that Cyndi sets.