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Overview

As a nationally recognized former federal prosecutor, Cynthia brings firsthand knowledge of government investigations to her clients.

She focuses her practice on compliance, internal investigations, tax, embezzlement, whistleblower defense, white collar defense, anti-human trafficking and business litigation.

Cynthia regularly leads internal investigations and represents clients in government investigations. She interacts on behalf of clients with multiple agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country, the FBI, U.S. Homeland Security, the EPA and the IRS.

She represents public and private entities, senior corporate executives and employees involved in government and regulatory violations and compliance. This includes the False Claims Act/qui tam litigation, financial institution fraud, healthcare fraud, tax controversies, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and human trafficking compliance. She regularly represents companies and individuals who are victims of embezzlement or breach of fiduciary duties. She conducts internal investigations and facilitates the related law enforcement investigation and prosecutions.

For nearly a decade, Cynthia served as an assistant U.S. attorney. During this time, she spearheaded a multiagency task force of more than 20 federal and state law enforcement agencies. She directed investigations that took down criminal enterprises operating in the United States and overseas and was responsible for some of the largest and most complex investigations in Department of Justice history.

Cynthia launched the firm’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Clinic, the only clinic of its kind in the country. Cynthia supervises attorneys in the law firm’s unprecedented dedication of resources to victims of human trafficking, as well as helping government contractors with compliance regulations aimed at halting human trafficking. She serves as president of the firm’s only 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Human Trafficking Rescue Assistance Fund.


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Recognition

  • Missouri Department of Labor, Missouri Human Rights Commission, Judge Arnold Krekel Trailblazer Award, 2016
  • Ingram's magazine, 40 Under Forty, 2016
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2015-2017
  • Benchmark Litigation, Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2015-2017
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Lawyer of the Year, 2014
  • The Missouri Bar, Pro Bono Publico Award, 2014
  • Kansas City Business Magazine, Influential Woman, 2014
  • Boston University, College of Communication, Distinguished Alumni, 2014
  • Shared Hope International, Pathbreaker Award, 2013
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Crime Victims’ Rights Act Champion, 2013
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys, Exceptional Service Award, 2011
  • U.S. Attorney General’s ACTeam, 2011
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Outstanding Prosecution – Fraud Investigations, 2009

Education

  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School
  • B.S., Boston University
    • Journalism

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys
  • Human Trafficking Rescue Assistance (HTRA)
  • Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City
  • Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center, Shawnee Mission Health
  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
Experience
  • Represented CEOs, presidents and executive leadership in civil and criminal investigations by the federal and state governments.
  • Diffused whistleblower actions prior to a government investigation.
  • Resolved grand jury criminal investigation against company president prior to indictment and without conviction.
  • Investigated and prosecuted organized crime rings from numerous countries, including China, Russia, Uzbekistan and the Philippines.
  • Convicted official representative from Taiwan of fraud and labor contracting violations.
Community Leadership
  • Human Trafficking Rescue Assistance, President 
Human Trafficking

Cynthia leads the firm's Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Clinic. As an assistant U.S. attorney, she became the first federal prosecutor in the United States to charge an international human trafficking enterprise under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). She was the first to investigate and prosecute the newly enacted fraud in foreign labor contracting statute. Cynthia also broke new ground by utilizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act to prosecute the demand for trafficking. She has prosecuted more human-trafficking cases than any other assistant U.S. attorney in the country.