Cynthia has practiced as a mediator and arbitrator for over 18+ years (full-time since 2008; part-time from 1990-2000.) She has mediated over a thousand cases with a consistent success rate well above 90%, arbitrated scores of cases as a AAA arbitrator, and investigated, or supervised the investigation of, hundreds of workplace claims.
Cynthia’s experience includes matters brought as individual, class, collective and multiple-party actions covering the full range of employment-related subjects as well as many compliance, intellectual property and business disputes.
Cynthia has handled the full range of employment matters, including those involving issues such as wage and hour, discrimination (all protected classes, including medical leaves, disability accommodation, sexual and other forms of harassment), retaliation, wrongful termination, ethics, compliance, privacy, defamation, false imprisonment, assault, battery, fraud, unions, mergers and acquisitions, reductions-in-force, and equity/benefit programs.
Proven Track Record of Success
Cynthia’s success is based on her:
Direct but Respectful Approach
Cynthia’s ability to analyze and resolve complex workplace issues quickly and thoroughly springs from her of 30+ years’ experience as a top-flight:
- in-house employment attorney/manager with Intel Corporation (2000-2007);
- employment partner/trial lawyer with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (1981-2000);
- law clerk for two respected jurists of the Supreme Court of California (1979) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1980-81); and
- law graduate and a managing law review editor while at Boalt Hall (Berkeley Law 1980.
Not only has she tried numerous cases to juries, judges and arbitrators, and decided them as an arbitrator, but in her seven years as a senior in-house employment counsel she managed a broad range of functions at varying times, including managing Intel’s:
- HR Legal Department for the Greater Asia Region (four years);
- HR merger and acquisition teams (one year);
- internal investigation teams in Asia and the Americas (five years);
- litigation in Asia, Latin America and California (six years); and
- worldwide Immigration Department (one year.)
Cynthia’s global sensitivity, cultural competence and collaborative approach to cross-border and domestic matters stem from her many years of international experience.
Her international experience includes, among other things:
- living and working in Hong Kong as in-house employment counsel for four years, with responsibility for 22 Asian countries;
- living and teaching for two years in Mexico; and
- living with a Greek family as an American Field Service exchange student.
While living in Hong Kong, Cynthia:
- daily managed a cross-border, multi-national staff and multi-national issues;
- managed litigation, outside counsel, legal issues and ADR in numerous countries;
- taught classes in many different countries and settings; and
- negotiated with foreign government officials in Asia and the Middle East.
Direct But Respectful Approach
As a full-time neutral, Cynthia approaches each mediation and arbitration engagement with an open mind. She prides herself on listening well, and being direct but respectful with parties and witnesses.